Bucks Upgrade Giannis To Questionable For NBA Finals Opener

Two-Time MVP Hyperextended His Left Knee In Game 4 Of Eastern Conference Finals

Milwaukee Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo is helped off the court.
Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) is helped off the court after he and Atlanta Hawks’ Clint Capela fell during the second half of Game 4 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals Tuesday, June 29, 2021, in Atlanta. Brynn Anderson/AP Photo

The Milwaukee Bucks have upgraded Giannis Antetokounmpo’s status to questionable for Game 1 of the NBA Finals.

The change in the injury report Tuesday afternoon gives more hope that the two-time MVP can return from a hyperextended left knee to face the Phoenix Suns.

Antetokounmpo was injured in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals when he landed after leaping to defend a lob pass to Atlanta’s Clint Capela. He missed the final two games of that series.

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Coach Mike Budenholzer said Monday that Antetokounmpo was doing work on the court and making progress in his recovery, but provided no other details.