Giannis Antetokounmpo was absent from the Milwaukee Bucks’ 104-101 win over the Phoenix Suns on Sunday. Bobby Portis replaced him in the starting lineup and contributed 10 points to the victory. Antetokounmpo sustained the injury during the first quarter of the Bucks’ 128-99 win over the Miami Heat on Friday, playing only six minutes and recording four points, four rebounds, and four assists.
Head coach Budenholzer addressed the injury, stating, “It’s enough where he can’t play today, but I think we’re also confident that this is a fairly common occurrence in our league. You hit knees, you knock, sometimes it takes a day or two and it’s really nothing more than that. The level of conversations have all been along that line.” Despite Antetokounmpo’s absence, the Bucks secured their 14th consecutive win, the longest winning streak of the NBA season. Antetokounmpo is currently ranked fourth in the league with 31.3 points per game and second in rebounding with 12 per game.