After falling and lying on the field for a long time in pain, Giannis Antetokounmpo got up to receive the help of the medical team to leave the field.
Sliding through the narrow doorway, the Milwaukee Bucks was able to continue their season for another two days, overtaking the Miami Heat 118-115 at Game 4, the game that had entered extra time this morning.
It’s called the narrow gap because Giannis Antetokounmpo, who played extremely well for Milwaukee in the first half of Game 4, suffered an ankle injury and was forced to leave the field for the remaining four innings.
According to many reporters, Antetokounmpo was determined to persuade the coaches to let him back on the field. However, the medical team and coaching staff did not allow it.
Adrian Wojnarowski notes that Giannis was unable to support his injured leg or jump. The only thing he can do is limp and run.
This prevented the coaching staff of the Milwaukee Bucks star from continuing to keep hope he could make it into Game 5.
Giannis Antetokounmpo’s injury recurrence came in a collision with Andre Iguodala early in the second half.
As soon as he fell, Giannis shouted loudly in pain. Antetokounmpo’s shout was described as being heard very clearly even from outside the playing area.
This is something that must have caused a lot of people to upset when Giannis Antetokounmpo had already compressed pain to compete in Game 4.
At the beginning of the match, he again showed high determination with 19 points scored in just 11 minutes on the field, finishing 8-10 FG and hoping to pull the victory for Milwaukee at the “death door”.
His 19-point figure is more than Jimmy Butler’s, though the Miami Heat star is 27 minutes more.
After falling and lying on the field for a long time, Giannis got up to receive the help of the medical team.
On his way out of the field, Antetokounmpo is left to take two free kicks, the NBA’s rules will open up the opportunity for him to continue playing if he can.
However, as noted above, the Milwaukee Bucks decided not to let Giannis return to avoid further damage to the injured ankle.
Fortunately, the coaching staff’s gamble has been successful when the “Angel” will have the opportunity to play in Game 5 thanks to the outstanding performance of Khris Middleton, who carried the team on his shoulder with 36 points.
For the Milwaukee Bucks, Giannis Antetokounmpo’s long-term fitness issue will certainly be more important than any win.
Now, they will pray for the Greek star’s ankles to be strong enough to play in the next battle of life and death.