Giannis Antetokounmpo questionable, Eric Bledsoe out vs. Cavs
If the Milwaukee Bucks are going to extend their winning straight to 18 games against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Saturday, they are going to have to do it without Eric Bledsoe, and they may even have to manage without Giannis Antetokounmpo.
According to Chris Fedor of The Cleveland Plain Dealer, Bledsoe will not play against the Cavaliers due to a shin injury he suffered during the Bucks’ win over the Memphis Grizzlies on Friday. Meanwhile, Antetokounmpo is listed as questionable as a result of a quad issue.
The minor injury did not stop Antetokounmpo from putting up 37 points to go along with 11 rebounds versus the Grizzlies, but with Milwaukee playing on the second night of a back-to-back, the Bucks may end up resting him Saturday.
The fact that Milwaukee is also playing one of the NBA’s worst teams in the Cavs may also play a role in the Bucks’ decision, although there is obviously still a chance that Antetokounmpo suits up.
Bledsoe is averaging 15 points, 5.7 assists and 4.9 rebounds over 26.7 minutes per game while shooting 47.7 percent from the floor, 34.4 percent from three-point range and 81.3 percent from the free-throw line.
Meanwhile, Antetokounmpo is aiming to win his second straight MVP award and appears to be well on his way to doing so, as he is averaging 31.1 points, 13.1 boards, 5.4 assists, 1.3 steals and 1.2 blocks across 31.4 minutes a night while making 56.2 percent of his field-goal attempts, 32.5 percent of his long-distance tries and 59.7 percent of his free throws.