REPORT: Giannis Antetokounmpo likely out vs. Wizards
Milwaukee Bucks star forward Giannis Antetokounmpo will likely be held out of Friday night’s road game against the Washington Wizards due to quadriceps soreness and a hip contusion, according to a report from Chase Hughes of NBC Sports.
Giannis Antetokounmpo is listed as doubtful for tonight’s game against the Wizards.
— Chase Hughes (@ChaseHughesNBCS) January 11, 2019
This is unfortunate news for Bucks fans, as Antetokounmpo is coming off of one of the best games of his career. “The Greek Freak,” as he’s come to be known, logged 37 minutes in Wednesday night’s 116-109 victory over the Houston Rockets, scoring 27 points on 8-of-16 shooting from the field, a career-high 21 rebounds, five assists and one steal.
“All I care about is winning,” Antetokounmpo told ESPN after Wednesday’s game. “I know by winning and doing whatever it takes to help your teammates and leaving everything out on the floor everything will take care of itself, the titles and all that.”
If Giannis is indeed ruled out for Friday’s game, veteran forward Ersan Ilyasova will likely see an uptick in his usage rate. Ilyasova scored 10 points and seven rebounds in Wednesday’s win.
In his 38 appearances with the Bucks this season, Antetokounmpo has racked up averages of 26.6 points on 58.1 percent shooting from the field, 12.8 rebounds, 6.0 assists, 1.5 blocks and 1.3 steals in 33.6 minutes per outing.
The Bucks, who have won eight of their last nine games, will continue their three-game road trip with Friday’s game in D.C. Tip-off inside Capital One Arena is set for 7:00 p.m. ET.