Bucks expect Giannis Antetokounmpo to play vs. Cavs
According to ESPN’s Malika Andrews, head coach Mike Budenholzer said that Antetokounmpo should play after missing two of the last three affairs with a right ankle injury. Budenholzer added that his MVP hopeful warmed up and felt good to go.
Mike Budenholzer said he expects Giannis Antetekounmpo to play today. He warmed up and felt good, Bud said, but had been listed as questionable for today’s game against the Cavaliers.
— Malika Andrews (@malika_andrews) March 24, 2019
Antetokounmpo, 24, injured the ankle during Friday’s matchup against the Miami Heat, where he finished out the game tallying 27 points, eight rebounds and seven assists on the bad wheel.
The Bucks aren’t taking their foot off the gas, despite already locking their playoff spot and the Central Division title. The team’s current goal lies with remaining the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference over the Toronto Raptors, and they will need Giannis to do that. The Raptors fell in their last game against the Oklahoma City Thunder, giving Milwaukee the opportunity to gain a four-game edge on them (due to the tiebreaker) for first in the Eastern Conference when they face the Cavs.
It’s evident that Budenholzer and Co. are eager to obtain the top spot, but putting the wellness of their star player at risk in the more futile games of the season could come back to haunt them.
If Antetokounmpo and his Bucks are able to finish the season strong, then they will hold home-court advantage for the duration of the playoffs.