Bucks’ star and two-time MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo had to be helped off the court and limped back to the room although a part of the way under his own power — after a gruesome hyperextension of his left knee. The injury occurred within the third quarter of Game 4, a game without Hawks’ star Trae Young thanks to a bone bruise on his foot. Antetokounmpo went up to aim to dam an alley-oop pass to Atlanta’s Clint Capela, they collided mid-air, Antetokounmpo decreased wrong and his left knee bent backward.
Antetokounmpo returned briefly to the Bucks bench, but the Milwaukee trainers and training staff thought better of putting him back out on the court. Antetokounmpo went back to the room under his own power but with a clear limp. He won’t return. The Hawks went on a 12-0 run soon after Antetokounmpo left the sport, pushing Atlanta’s initiate to twenty . A hyperextension means a joint bent in the incorrect direction beyond its normal range of motion (which this did, disturbingly so). However, what proportion of damage there could also be to ligaments, muscles, or the knee structure can vary widely. it’ll require an MRI to ascertain exactly what happened with Antetokounmpo’s left knee.
This has been an NBA postseason ravaged by injuries, from Anthony Davis within the first round through Kawhi Leonard and now Young in conference Finals. LeBron James publicly, and other players privately, have questioned what proportion the condensed schedule of this season and playoffs have contributed thereto. However, this injury to Antetokounmpo was more of a fluke play thanks to mid-air contact than anything.