July 29, 2021

NBA Finals, Giannis Antetokounmpo ‘going well’ but remains doubtful for Game 1

A question inevitably hovers over the final series between Milwaukee Bucks and Phoenix Suns: What about Giannis Antetokounmpo? It is the doubt that inevitably accompanied the eve of race-1, which will be held tonight starting at 3.00 on the Suns field (live Sky Sport with commentary by Flavio Tranquillo and Davide Pessina). And even the Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer did not want to reveal much to the press in the conference on the eve: “He had a good day, he’s having some good improvements“told the media.”But I have no expectations that you either play or don’t play“Budenholzer, while not going into detail, also admitted that Antetokounmpo for the first time since his injury worked on the pitch, as also confirmed by NBA TV reporter Jared Greenberg who spoke of a audition before the eyes of the medical staff and management before the team’s training at the Phoenix Suns Arena which will host Game-1 tonight. Obviously the presence or absence of Antetokounmpo – that remains officially on the injury list as “in doubt”, as happened in the two previous games of the series against Atlanta which he then missed – changes the destinies of the series: in the two regular season games he scored 80 points, making it a difficult puzzle for Phoenix’s defense to solve.

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“Many times when Giannis is on the pitch we just give him the ball and let him go to work, letting him orchestrate our play on offense. Without him we will have to do it all together“said the teammate Khris Middleton, who also added that he did not want to see him force and endanger his health. “I told him not to rush his return and not to put himself in a position to get hurt again. He’s a guy who spends a lot of time and effort on his body to be the best version of himself. “Jrue Holiday, called to level up without Antetokounmpo, also talked about his absence.”I always try to be aggressive and not let my opponents breathe, because that’s what Giannis does when he plays. He always goes to the iron, he is aggressive in both halves. It’s hard for us not to have him. ”The doubt about the presence or absence of the two-time MVP will be dissolved only at the last: all that remains is to wait for the ball at two of 3.00 this night live on Sky Sport.

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