Monday update: Antetokounmpo officially has a sprained ligament in his wrist, and is expected to miss a few games. However, his injury is just pain management per Adrian Wojnarowski. That means he avoided a major problem and should be back for the Bucks soon after the All-Star break. Milwaukee is fighting for the top seed in the East and has rattled off 12 wins in a row, so this is big news for the Bucks.
Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo suffered a sprained ligament in his right wrist and will undergo treatment with the expectation that he'll be able to return to the lineup once the pain subsides, sources tell ESPN. He was examined in New York today.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) February 21, 2023
Sunday update: After making the game’s opening dunk, Antetokounmpo immediately subbed out. He’s probably not going to come back in this one.
Sunday update: Antetokounmpo has some tape around his wrist, and he says he plans on playing tonight. Whether that means limited minutes or not will be seen but the Greek Freak will at least take the floor for some time tonight.
Update: Well, so much for Giannis brushing off his injury. Jrue Holiday will officially sub in for him on the Skills Challenge Saturday. We’ll see if the Greek Freak plays Sunday, but his status is officially now uncertain for the showcase game.
Jrue Holiday is officially stepping in for Giannis Antetokounmpo in the Skills Challenge tonight— Darius Joshua (@DariusJoshuaTV) February 19, 2023
Update: The NBA has tweeted about the Skills Challenge and has Antetokounmpo at the center of his group, a sign that he’s ready to go for this event and should also be fine for the All-Star Game Sunday.
Which team are you taking in the #KiaSkills Challenge?— NBA (@NBA) February 18, 2023
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Milwaukee Bucks star forward Giannis Antetokounmpo injured his wrist on Thursday night ahead of the All-Star break and his status is uncertain for the Skills Challenge on Saturday and the All-Star Game on Sunday. He played off the fall on Friday in Salt Lake City, but he is being reevaluated on Saturday ahead of the Skills Challenge at the All-Star weekend festivities.
Bucks head coach Mike Budenholzer told the media, “the initial reports were hopeful. The X-ray was clean and he’s got a sprain. We’ll just, I think, see how he feels tomorrow, see how he feels the next few days and continue to evaluate it.”
Giannis is in Salt Lake City festivities and was actively involved in Friday’s Celebrity game. He didn’t play, but while serving as coach of Dwyane Wade’s team he used a clip board and marker to draw up plays and was not wearing a wrap or support on the wrist.
The Bucks head into the All-Star break with a 41-17 record and are a half-game back of the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference standings.