Bucks to play without Giannis in Game 1 versus Pacers

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Returning to action in Game 1 of the best-of-seven series between the Milwaukee Bucks and Indiana Pacers is unlikely for Giannis Antetokounmpo

By Eurohoops Team/ info@eurohoops.net

Giannis Antetokounmpo has yet to be cleared from a left calf strain. After missing the last three games of the 2023-24 NBA Regular Season, he is projected to sit out at least one more team outing as the Milwaukee Bucks enter the Playoffs presented by Google Pixel.

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, the Bucks are preparing to start the best-of-seven series versus the Indiana Pacers without the Greek Freak, The NBA champion and Finals MVP in 2021 continues treatment, hoping to return to action later in the series, as noted.

He picked up the injury during the third quarter of a home game against the Boston Celtics on Tuesday. Despite an early exit for Antetokounmpo, the team coached by Doc Rivers secured a win, snapping a four-game losing streak. Over the next three contests without Giannis, the team based in Wisconsin overpowered the Orlando Magic at home but then lost to the Oklahoma City Thunder and Magic on the road.

Antetokounmpo, 29, played in 73 games of the Regular Season, tallying 30.4 points, 11.5 rebounds, 6.5 assists, 1.2 steals, and 1.1 blocks per contest. His side ended up in third place in the Eastern Conference standings, setting up a first-round matchup versus the sixth-seeded Pacers. A 1-4 record versus the team based in Indianapolis in the Regular Season adds to adversity.

Game 1 of the postseason series is scheduled to be held in Fiserv Forum on the first installment of NBA Sundays in the Playoffs.

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