July 29, 2021

NBA, Trae Young can do it already for game-6, confidence for Giannis in a possible seventh

Atlanta has a greater urgency, under 2-3 in the series against Milwaukee, and for this – back to the wall – in race-6 he could throw Trae Young into the fray, absent in the last two races due to a bone in his right foot that causes him a lot of pain. The point guard and leader of the Hawks is considered “questionable” in view of the sixth race of the series, which Atlanta is called to play in front of its audience to extend the challenge with the Bucks to the seventh and decisive game (to be played away). “His injury doesn’t worry us in the long run – explained coach Nate McMillan – but if he could play today he would have already taken the field. Unfortunately, the pain he has felt so far has not allowed him to do so, thinking he can help his parents in the conditions in which he is currently. “Having said that, one move of despair – without risking to compromise the player’s health – is something they are obviously thinking about in Atlanta, given that the official status of the player within hours of the match leaves the door open for his possible return in the field in race-6.

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Instead, it is much more ajar in the case of Giannis Antetokounmpo, the other great superstar who had to skip the last episode of the series after having dangerously hyperextended his left knee during Game-4. The status of the Greek of the Bucks is indeed “in dubbio” (doubtful), a term that greatly reduces – compared to the “questionable” associated with Young – Antetokounmpo’s chances of being able to do it for game-6. The nature of the injury and the fact that Milwaukee does not necessarily play everything in the State Farm Arena game (having earned the right to play a possible race-7 in front of the public of the Fiserv Forum) could advise greater caution to the Bucks medical staff and postpone the eventual return of Antetokounmpo or game-7 (as reported by Yahoo! Sports reporter Chris Haynes, who cited the “conviction” of the Bucks that they can give them “green light”) or the NBA Finals series against the Phoenix Suns.