ATLANTA — Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo was sidelined in the third quarter of Tuesday night’s 110-88 loss to the Atlanta Hawks in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals with what the team said was a hyperextended left knee.
Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer did not have an update Antetokounmpo after the game, saying, “We’ll see how he is tomorrow.”
With just over 7 minutes remaining in the third quarter and the Bucks trailing the Hawks 62-52, Antetokounmpo jumped up to contest an alley-oop from John Collins to Clint Capela. The two-time MVP landed awkwardly on his left leg, with his knee buckling.
Antetokounmpo immediately fell to the floor and stayed down on the ground for several minutes — with Bucks and Hawks players and coaches surrounding him — before sitting up.
Antetokounmpo was helped to his feet by his brother and teammate, Thanasis. Giannis walked gingerly off the court with the help of Thanasis.
Television monitors showed Antetokounmpo walking back to the locker room without assistance, but he had a significant limp. He later returned to the Milwaukee bench and shortly thereafter was ruled out for the remainder of the game.
The series is now tied at two games apiece. Game 5 is Thursday.