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REPORT: Giannis Antetokounmpo to play vs. Hawks

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After missing the Milwaukee Bucks last game with soreness in his right quad and a left hip contusion, star forward Giannis Antetokounmpo will be available to play against the Atlanta Hawks, per the Journal Sentinel’s Matt Velazquez.

Bucks starting point guard Eric Bledsoe will also be available to play after being listed as probable with a sore left hamstring while rookie shooting guard Donte DiVincenzo will remain out with an ankle injury and a bout of right heel bursitis.

Though the Atlanta isn’t a team that Milwaukee should worry about on paper, every team is capable of winning on any given night. That’s obviously even more true when a team is missing their leader and feature player, which is exactly what Antetokounmpo is for the Bucks, as their loss to the John Wall-less Washington Wizards proved when the Greek Freak was suited up in street clothes rather than a jersey on Friday.

Averaging 26.6 points, 12.8 rebounds, 6.0 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.3 blocks per game while shooting 58.1 percent from the field, his play has been as dominant as the numbers would lead you to believe. Gifted with incredible length and athleticism, Antetokounmpo is a terror in the open court and his court vision lends itself to him being playing point-forward for long stretches. With Bucks head coach Mike Budenholzer, who was hired in the offseason after leaving the Hawks, emphasizing the three-pointer to create the necessary space for slashers like Antetokounmpo and Bledsoe to have even greater success, there’s no wonder why Milwaukee has the second-best record in the NBA at 29-12 and why the Greek Freak is a deserving MVP candidate.

The Bucks and the Hawks will face off at 3:30 PM EST.