Milwaukee Bucks star forward Giannis Antetokounmpo has been hit with a one-game suspension by the NBA, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, after yesterday's flare-up with Washington Wizards center Moe Wagner.
The NBA is suspending Milwaukee star Giannis Antetokounmpo for the Bucks’ final seeding game on Thursday for head bump on Wizards’ Mo Wagner, source tells ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) August 12, 2020
Antetokounmpo, 25, got into a bit of a dust-up with Wagner in the second quarter. The “Greek Freak” drove right into Wagner's chest, though he did not seem to appreciate how Wagner seemed to slide over in order to draw the charge.
Giannis and Wagner proceeded to exchange some words after the whistle before Antetokounmpo deliberately delivered a head butt to Wagner.
Antetokounmpo said after the game he simply lost his cool and made a silly mental error. The Bucks hung on to defeat the Wizards, but most of the focus remained on Giannis' rare lack of composure.
The NBA was never going to suspend Antetokounmpo any longer than the one game. After all, a multi-game absence would mean Giannis would be forced to miss a playoff game, which hardly seems to be the message the league wants to send to its reigning MVP.
In any case, the Bucks have already wrapped up the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference. If nothing else, the suspension gives Giannis an extra breather ahead of the playoffs.
Milwaukee has not quite looked like the juggernaut it was during the regular season. The Bucks are just 3-4 in Orlando, while the Raptors have been steadily gaining momentum with a string of strong performances.
Antetokounmpo will sit for the final seeding game, but the Bucks will hope he is raring to go for the playoffs.