The NBA playoffs have been incredibly exciting. However, some people want to put an asterisk next to them because of all the injuries that we've witnessed, from James Harden and Anthony Davis in the first round all the way to the Conference Finals.
The latest superstar to get hurt and forced out of a game was Giannis Antetokounmpo. The Greek Freak tried to finish above the rim and landed awkwardly on his left leg, hyperextending his knee.
And even though the Milwaukee Bucks star seemed to avoid a major ACL injury, his return to the court for the series vs. the Atlanta Hawks is still unclear, according to a report by ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.
No Structural Damage On Giannis Antetokounmpo's Knee
"There is no structural damage to Giannis Antetokounmpo's left knee after his awkward landing last night in Atlanta; ligaments are sound, sources tell @ZachLowe_NBA and me. Timetable to return is unclear," Wojnarowski tweeted.
Giannis Could Be Out For The Season
And, according to world-famous physiotherapist and injury analyst Brian Seeney, there's still a slight chance that Giannis comes back for a hypothetical NBA Finals, even though it seems quite unlikely:
"If he gets away with just a bone bruise or capsular sprain, maybe very best case 10-14 days. But that’s a thank your lucky stars situation. Often 3-4 weeks even for a deep bone bruise like that," the doctor said.
Needless to say, this is a massive blow for the Milwaukee Bucks' championship aspirations. Not only they'll have a tough time trying to get past the Atlanta Hawks without their best player but also, they'll have to face a fully healthy Phoenix Suns team in the Finals.
Giannis Antetokounmpo is one of the best players in the world and his presence forces plenty of adjustments from opposing rivals, so winning the ring without him is a bit of an uphill battle for Mike Budenholzer's team.