WASHINGTON – Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo, a two-time NBA MVP, will not play the Atlanta Hawks in Saturday’s sixth game of the Eastern Conference finals, the club announced.
The 26-year-old Greek forward is recovering from a hyperextended left knee he suffered when he landed awkwardly in Game 4 of the best-of-seven series against the Hawks.
The Bucks are up 3-2 in the matchup and can advance to the NBA Finals for the first time since 1974 with a road win on Saturday night.
Atlanta’s star point guard Trae Young was listed as questionable with a bruise on his right foot bone. He sprained his ankle when he stepped on a referee’s foot in the third game.
The Hawks, who last reached the final 60 years ago when they were based in St. Louis, need a win to force a seventh game Monday in Milwaukee.
The East winner will play the Phoenix Suns in the NBA Finals.
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