Most fantasy basketball leagues have just entered their playoffs this week, and for owners of Milwaukee Bucks superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo, the fact that the reigning back-to-back MVP has been ruled out for Tuesday's tilt against the Golden State Warriors is going to be a tough pill to swallow.
Giannis Antetokounmpo (knee soreness) will not suit up tonight against the Warriors. pic.twitter.com/w1OeOyl5Fd
— ClutchPoints (@ClutchPointsApp) April 7, 2021
It is worth noting that Antetokounmpo was initially tagged as probable to suit up for the Warriors. It's not very often that Giannis ends up sitting out after being labeled as such, so there might be a bit of concern here moving forward. Then again, the Warriors aren't exactly the best team in the NBA right now, so this might have factored in on Milwaukee's decision to give their superstar another night off.
The Bucks will return to action on Thursday and Friday in a back-to-back set against the Dallas Mavericks and the Charlotte Hornets — two teams with playoff aspirations this term. Depending on the severity of Giannis' injury, he might end up missing at least one of those games.
For fantasy managers who selected Antetokounmpo early in the first round, his status over the next few games might just make or break your season. It's impossible to replicate Giannis' production — both in real life and in fantasy basketball — and for him to miss a couple of games (or in the worst-case scenario an entire week) could lead to catastrophe.