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Antetokounmpo suffers a knee hyperextension and is doubtful for the fifth game

Antetokounmpo suffers a knee hyperextension and is doubtful for the fifth game

Tests on Giannis Antetokounmpo after injuring himself during Tuesday’s game against the Atlanta Hawks confirmed that he suffers from hyperextension of the knee, the Milwaukee Bucks reported Wednesday.

These results are a huge relief for Milwaukee, who feared their big star could suffer a serious ligament injury and miss the rest of the NBA playoffs.

The Bucks didn’t even rule out Antetokounmpo for Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals against the Hawks on Thursday, although his involvement is “dubious.”

“Antetokounmpo suffered a hyperextension of the left knee and will be listed as doubtful for the fifth game of the Conference Finals,” the franchise said in a statement.

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The Greek “today underwent an MRI and a subsequent examination (…) that confirmed the previous diagnosis,” the team said.

Shortly before, the ESPN network advanced that the two-time winner of the MVP (Most Valuable Player) award did not suffer structural damage to his knee and his ligaments are in good condition.

The Greek power forward suffered the injury on Tuesday in the middle of the third quarter of the fourth game of the conference final, bending his knee in a bad fall after trying to block a dunk by center Clint Capela.

After being treated for several minutes on the track, between great gestures of pain, Antetokounmpo was able to retreat on his own foot to the locker room, visibly limping.

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The injury to their great star (averaging 28.2 points and 12.7 rebounds in these playoffs) set off the red alert for the Bucks, who also saw the Hawks win the game and tie 2-2 on the overall score of the series (best of seven games).

According to newspaper reports, the Bucks feared that Antetokounmpo suffered serious damage to the anterior cruciate ligament in the knee, one of the worst injuries a basketball player can sustain, that would have kept him off the court for many months. (AFP)

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