Milwaukee Bucks All-Star Expected Back for Game 4 Against Miami Heat

The Milwaukee Bucks are getting their superstar back just in time. According to the Athletic's Shams Charania, Giannis Antetokounmpo will return to the lineup for tonight's matchup against the Miami Heat after missing two games with a back contusion.

Antetokounmpo exited after only six minutes of the Bucks' 130-117 loss to the Heat in Game 1 of their opening-round series on April 15th. He landed hard on his back after a first-quarter drive to the basket sent him crashing into Heat center Kevin Love.

Antetokounmpo led the Bucks to an NBA-best 58-24 record this season, compiling 31.1 points, 11.8 rebounds, and 5.7 assists per game with a league-high 38.8% usage rate. His absence has allowed the Heat to take a 2-1 lead in the series despite injuries to Tyler Herro and Victor Oladipo.

So long as Antetokounmpo can come back healthy, the Bucks should be confident they can swing the series back in their favor. He's been arguably the most impactful playoff player in the NBA over the past few years: he averaged 30.2 points and a league-leading 12.8 rebounds per game in his championship-winning 2021 postseason and a similarly impressive 31.7 points and 14.2 rebounds per game over the 2022 postseason.

The Heat host the Bucks tonight at 7:30 PM ET.

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