PHOENIX (AP) — Reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo has a minor knee sprain and will miss at least the Milwaukee Bucks’ next two games.
The Bucks said Sunday that Antetokounmpo had an MRI and was examined by team doctor William Raasch. The evaluation showed a minor joint capsule sprain of Antetokounmpo’s left knee.
The team also said Antetokounmpo won't play Sunday or in the final game of the road trip Monday in Denver. His status for the Bucks' game against the Boston Celtics at Fiserv Forum on Thursday will be updated later in the week.
Antetokounmpo injured his knee Friday night in the Bucks' loss to the Los Angeles Lakers at the Staples Center when he landed awkwardly after a dunk attempt.
Bucks head coach Mike Budenholzer has not had to worry about durability as far as Antetokounmpo is concerned. Giannis dealt with knee soreness last year, but he and the Bucks have been so dominant that he is barely averaging more than 30 minutes per game.
Milwaukee will have to soldier on without its leader in the next two games, but fans will likely be pleased knowing this could have been worse. The Bucks hope Giannis Antetokounmpo will only miss two games, but they’ll be extremely careful with their star given they have the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference locked up already.