Bucks Make Decision on Giannis Antetokounmpo’s Playoff Status

He continues to rehab daily, but the injury picked up last week by Giannis Antetokounmpo has now been confirmed by the Milwaukee Bucks to be forcing him out of the lineup to start the first round of the playoffs this coming weekend.

The Greek Freak's left calf strain will keep him out of at least Game One and likely Game Two, but the Bucks are still hoping he'll return later in the series against the Indiana Pacers.  

The Bucks stumbled down the stretch of the season after Doc Rivers took over as head coach, and they will be hard pressed to beat an up and coming Pacers team if Giannis doesn't return in ample time. 

Rivers said Tuesday afternoon that Giannis is "doing well. He's walking around and looks good. I can say he's farther than we thought he would be, but just not ready yet." He's hopeful that he'll be able to play in the series.

Milwaukee finished the season as the 3rd seed in the East at 49-33, two games better than the 6th seed Pacers, and will hold home court advantage.

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