Giannis Antetokounmpo says he twisted his ankle pretty badly in 4th quarter
For the Milwaukee Bucks, the injury bug continues to creep up on them at the worst times. That’s exactly what happened again during last night’s 108-89 loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves on Thursday night when they lost star forward Giannis Antetokounmpo and guard Malcolm Brogdon to injuries.
According to an article written by Matt Velazquez of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel last night, Antetokounmpo said that turned his left ankle pretty badly in the fourth quarter of the game. The star forward was also seen limping and had trouble putting weight on his ankle.
This sort of thing seems to be deja vu for the Bucks, as a similar situation happened last season. During the same game that forward Khris Middleton returned from a left hamstring tear, forward Jabari Parker tore his ACL for the second time in his short career and had to miss the remainder of the 2016-17 season.
On Thursday, just one day before Parker is set to make his debut at home against the New York Knicks tonight at BMO Harris Bradley Center, Antetokounmpo suffers a left ankle injury and Brogdon goes down with a left quad tendon strain.
“I don’t think we’ve had our full lineup out there in a long, long time,” Middleton said after last night’s loss to the Timberwolves. “It’s frustrating, but it’s part of the game.”
Both Antetokounmpo and Brogdon are awaiting tests to determine the extent of their injuries, so timetables for their returns have not yet been released. Brogdon was hurt on a non-contact injury early in the second quarter, had to be helped to the locker room and was unable to return to the game.
“You could tell by him sitting there he wasn’t in great spirits,” Middleton said of Brogdon. “Hopefully it’s not as bad as he thinks and he’ll be out there sooner than later.”
The basketball Gods simply have not been very kind to the Bucks, but this team will just have to power through it and make the best of this situation.