Antetokounmpo suffered what the Bucks call a hyperextended left knee on Tuesday. With just over seven minutes left in the third quarter, Antetokounmpo jumped up to tackle an alley-oop of John Collins to Clint Capela. The two-time MVP landed awkwardly on his left leg, his knee buckling.
“It just looked like her legs got tangled,” said Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer after the game. “They both landed awkwardly. I saw that live.
Antetokounmpo immediately fell to the ground and remained on the floor for a few minutes – with players and coaches from Bucks and Hawks around him – before sitting up. He was helped on his feet by his brother and teammates, Thanasis, and with his help walked carefully from the square. TV monitors showed Antetokounmpo walking back into the locker room unaided, but he was clearly limping.
“I just hope it’s not serious” Chris Middleton said after the game.
When Antetokounmpo was injured, the Hawks were 10 points ahead. Immediately after he left the court, Bucks was on guard Jrue vacation hit a floater – but those were the last points Milwaukee scored for three and a half minutes. The Hawks responded with a 15-0 run to further increase their lead.
The Hawks who were without a Star Guard Trae Young, never followed suit in the game. They outperformed the Bucks on points in color, 46-44, after the Bucks outperformed them by an average of more than 20 in each of the first three games.
Milwaukee also struggled to take care of the ball, making 15 losses, adding up to 16 points for the Hawks. Atlanta, on the other hand, flipped the ball eleven times – and the Bucks were only four points behind.
“We just thought we’d come in and win the game.” P. J. Tucker said. “We didn’t do anything to show that we wanted to win this game tonight. We were flat and our husband’s injury was just another piece of the puzzle we had to lose.”
As the series returns to Milwaukee, the Bucks await the results of Antetokounmpo’s imaging to determine his status for Game 5 and beyond.
“We’ll see what happens to Giannis,” said Middleton. “It would be great if he played, but if not we still have a capable team that goes out and wins.”