Bucks news: Giannis Antetokounmpo, Malcolm Brogdon out tomorrow vs. 76ers
Antetokounmpo is listed as out due to right knee soreness, and Brogdon will miss the game due to personal reasons, per Bart Winkler of 1075 FM The Fan.
Advance game notes have both Giannis and Brogdon out tomorrow (and DJ projected to start?).
— Bart Winkler (@WinksThinks) January 19, 2018
There’s no telling what those personal reasons are for Brodgon. It could literally be anything. But it’s good that he is not hurt.
But for Antetokounmpo, his is out with soreness is his right knee. While that does not sound serious, it could present a problem moving forward.
Antetokounmpo already averages more minutes than anyone in the NBA. And he recently came out and said that if he could, he would play 48 minutes per game.
Obviously, no player, especially these days when rest is at a premium in the NBA, will play 48 minutes in a game unless its an overtime game. But the fact that Antetokounmpo leads the league in minutes could be contributing to his sore knee.
This whole thing could just be a way for the Bucks to get rest for Antetokounmpo without actually saying he is out due to rest. The NBA is trying to crack down on teams resting healthy players, especially on nights that will be televised nationally.
The game against the 76ers is not one of these games, so it’s possible that Antetokounmpo really is ailing. Either way, Antetokounmpo needs to rest if he’s playing that many minutes.
Perhaps his body is finally telling him to do so.