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Antetokounmpo doubts for Thursday due to knee hyperextension

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Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks is injured against Clint Capela of the Atlanta Hawks during the second half of Game Four of the Eastern Conference Finals at State Farm Arena on June 29, 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Getty Images via AFP)

WASHINGTON, DC – Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo suffered a left knee hyperextension and is listed as doubtful for Thursday’s NBA playoff game against Atlanta, the team announced Wednesday.

The 26-year-old Greek star forward was injured in the third quarter of Milwaukee’s 110-88 loss in Atlanta on Tuesday, leaving the best-of-seven in the Eastern Conference final with two wins apiece.

The series winner will face the Phoenix Suns or Los Angeles Clippers in the NBA Finals that begin next week.

Antetokounmpo, a two-time NBA MVP, underwent an MRI and subsequent physical exam Wednesday by Bucks team physician Dr. Carole Vetter, confirming an earlier diagnosis.

Antetokounmpo is averaging 28.2 points, 12.7 rebounds and 5.2 assists in the NBA playoffs in 37.4 minutes per game in the postseason.

The injury came with 7:14 left in the third quarter when Antetokounmpo landed awkwardly while leaping into the air defensively. He did not return to the contest.

The Bucks will host Game 5 on Thursday and the Hawks will host Game 6 on Saturday. A seventh game, if necessary, would be back in Milwaukee on Monday.

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