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Bobby Portis joins Giannis in health and safety protocols for Bucks

Bucks power forwards are both in protocols and will be out for the foreseeable future.

Giannis Antetokounmpo #34 of the Milwaukee Bucks shoots the balll before a game against the Boston Celtics at TD Garden on December 13, 2021 in Boston, Massachusetts. Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images

Update, Dec. 16 — Bobby Portis is the latest Bucks player to land in protocols on Thursday and will be out Friday. Giannis remains in protocols and also isn’t going to play Friday.

The Milwaukee Bucks have placed Giannis Antetokounmpo, the reigning Finals MVP, in health and safety protocols. Antetokounmpo becomes yet another massive name to enter protocols as COVID runs through the NBA. The Bucks have already dealt with the virus earlier this year, as Khris Middleton tested positive and had to miss time. Milwaukee has also placed Wes Matthews and Donte DiVincenzo in health and safety protocols.

There’s no indication whether this is a close contact or a positive test, but this is a worrying development for the NBA. Nobody is safe from the protocols, which have claimed LeBron James, James Harden and LaMelo Ball among others. It’ll be interesting to see how the league handles the uptick in players entering protocols over the last two days.

Antetokounmpo is averaging 27.0 points, 11.6 rebounds and 5.8 assists per game while keeping the Bucks afloat for the early part of the season. The Greek Freak is responsible for Milwaukee’s current standing, as the team had to deal with absences to Middleton, Jrue Holiday and Brook Lopez for extended periods of time.