Game 1 of the NBA Finals is set to tip-off tonight in Phoenix at 9 p.m. EST. The Milwaukee Bucks and Phoenix Suns have both faced hard-fought battles to get to this point, and they have just one left. However, there is one massive question that must be answered before the game, and this is if Giannis Antetokounmpo will play in Game 1 of the NBA Finals tonight. The following is a Giannis Antetokounmpo injury update, which will continue to be updated throughout the day.
Is Giannis Antetokounmpo Playing Tonight? | NBA Finals
Giannis Antetokounmpo Injury
In Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals, Giannis had an awkward landing, hyperextending his left knee. Reports quickly came out that he somehow avoided structural damage, proving the man truly is made like Gumby. Still, there is healing that has needed to take place, which is why we have not seen him back on the floor.
What should give Bucks fans optimism is that Giannis can continued to be with his teammates. He continued to be on the bench with his team and has been seem standing on the sidelines during the final games of last series. This reinforces the sentiment that he did not suffer a major injury and he should be back soon.
Giannis Antetokounmpo Injury Update for NBA Finals
Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer on Monday provided a brief update to Antetokounmpo’s status, saying he was “making progress.”
We have seen Giannis fly to Phoenix. It was also reported that he was working out in a private gym in front of a group of people. Unfortunately, following the workout, the Giannis Antetokounmpo injury update called him doubtful to play in Game 1 of the NBA Finals tonight.
However, this does not rule him out the rest of the NBA Finals series. The fact that he has recovered enough this quickly to even be considered suggests he will take the floor sooner rather than later. But what will he look like when he does take the floor?
Update: 1:50 p.m. EST …
Bucks vs Suns NBA Finals Schedule
While it appears the Giannis injury will hold him out tonight, let’s take a look at the rest of the NBA Finals schedule. All games will air on ABC, and the times shown are in EST.
Game 1 — July 6 at Phoenix, 9 p.m.
2 — July 8 at Phoenix, 9 p.m.
3 — July 11 at Milwaukee, 8 p.m.
4 — July 14 at Milwaukee, 9 p.m.
5 — July 17 at Phoenix, 9 p.m.*
6 — July 20 at Milwaukee, 9 p.m.*
7 — July 22 at Phoenix, 9 p.m.*
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