Mike Budenholzer, Bucks coach, says Giannis Antetokounmpo "is making progress", but will not reveal whether the two time MVP will be playing in Game 1 of this year's NBA Finals. (0:38).
PHOENIX -- Giannis Antitookounmpo, who missed the Milwaukee Bucks' last two games due to hyperextension of his left knee, is doubtful for Tuesday's Game 1 of the NBA Finals against Phoenix Suns.
Antetokounmpo sustained an injury in Game 4 against the Atlanta Hawks in the Eastern Conference finals.
Mike Budenholzer, Bucks coach, stated earlier Monday that Antetokounmpo could do some work on the court independently from team practice. Budenholzer declined the question of what Antetokounmpo could do with no pain when asked about specific movements and exercises.
Budenholzer stated, "He's had an excellent day." Budenholzer said, "He's making great progress."
The NBA stated that Antetokounmpo's status for Game 1 was not clear and that he would be unable to speak with reporters Monday.
Antetokounmpo, who had injured his knee in the Hawks game, was able to return to work on Saturday on the basketball court. Budenholzer said that Antetokounmpo had previously been unable to do any exercises in the weight-room.
The Bucks won despite losing their two-time MVP in two of the East finals games. They were beaten by Brook Lopez, Jrue Holiday, and Khris Middleton.
Middleton stated that Giannis is usually out there and we can give him the ball, let him work and let him organize a lot. "Without him we must do it by committee."
Bobby Portis was in Antetokounmpo's games, but Middleton and Holiday scored 64 points each.
Holiday felt that Antetokounmpo was not available and that he had to fill the offensive void.
Holiday stated, "I'm trying not to] be too aggressive." "There are no letdowns because Giannis plays the game, there are no letdowns. He is always aggressive and going to the basket. He is so dedicated to this team, that it was hard for me to lose him."
Middleton stated that he tried to support Antetokounmpo and suggested that he not rush back before he is ready.
Middleton stated, "I told him to slow down and not put yourself at greater risk of injury." Middleton said, "He's a man -- he puts so many time and effort into himself to be the best version."