On Tuesday night, Milwaukee will travel to Brooklyn hoping to maintain its status as the NBA’s hottest team. The Bucks have won 14 straight games, while the Nets have dropped four of their last five.
The latest injury update Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo
On Tuesday night, the Bucks will travel to Brooklyn to take on the Nets in an attempt to extend the NBA’s longest winning streak to 15 games. The Bucks are crossing their fingers that Giannis Antetokounmpo will be able to play after missing time with a minor knee injury. Without Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee’s record rises to 7-5.
He has played for a combined total of 15 minutes over the course of the previous two games. Antetokounmpo left a 12-point win in Chicago with a sprained right wrist six minutes before the All-Star break, and he left a 29-point rout of Miami after nine minutes on Friday with a tweaked right knee.
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The Milwaukee Bucks prevailed 104-101 over the visiting Phoenix Suns on Sunday, fending off Giannis Antetokounmpo and playing a potential playoff-level game.
The Bucks were able to pull out a victory without their star player thanks to stellar efforts from Jrue Holiday, former Net Brook Lopez, and Khris Middleton.
While playing 25 minutes in Sunday’s 104-101 victory over Phoenix, Khris Middleton tallied 11 points (4-13 FG, 0-3 3Pt, 3-4 FT), 10 rebounds, and 6 assists.
Middleton led the Bucks’ bench in points, rebounds, and assists despite playing only 25 minutes. He failed to record a triple-double by just four assists. Middleton has recorded a double-double in two of his last three contests.
Antetokounmpo (quad) may suit up for Tuesday’s game against the Nets.
Antetokounmpo missed Sunday’s victory over the Suns after sustaining a quadriceps contusion in Friday’s win over Miami, but he is expected to return to action on Tuesday.
Due to his injury, the MVP candidate may see reduced playing time from Milwaukee going forward. He has missed the last two games. It’s likely that Bobby Portis will be benched in favor of Antetokounmpo now that he’s going to be a starter.
Antetokounmpo has scored 31.9 points per game during the streak. On January 29 against New Orleans, he scored 50 points, and on February 4 against the Los Angeles Clippers, he scored 54 points in a comeback win. Additionally, he has scored 30 or more points on nine occasions during the streak.
Injury reports Bucks
- Giannis Antetokounmpo (Quadriceps) – Questionable
- Wesley Matthews (Calf) – Out
Injury reports Nets
- Ben Simmons (Knee) – Questionable