The Milwaukee Bucks evened up their first round series 1-1 following a Game 2 victory over the Miami Heat earlier this week.
Milwaukee came out on top despite Giannis Antetokounmpo’s absence as the forward deals with a back contusion he suffered in Game 1. While it seemed like there was a good chance he would be back on the floor for Game 2, Antetokounmpo ultimately sat out. Will that be the case for Game 3 as well? Let us dive into the injury report for both teams ahead of tonight’s game.
Is Giannis Antetokounmpo playing in Game 3? Bucks’ injury report vs. Heat
Per the NBA’s official injury report, Antetokounmpo is listed as questionable. That is exactly what he was listed as prior to the last game as well. It seemed like Antetokounmpo was gearing up to play in Game 2 before he was ultimately ruled out, so there is no telling what may happen before tip-off tonight. It would not be surprising to see him back out there, but the Bucks could also opt to sit him to get him back up to full strength completely. Only time will tell.
The only other Buck listed on the injury report is Wesley Matthews, who is set to miss his second straight game due to a calf strain. Matthews’ absence quietly stings the Bucks, as the veteran can play reputable defense while providing some floor spacing. Still, other players will have to step up in his place just like they did in Game 2. Pat Connaughton took some of Matthews’ minutes in the previous game and played exceptionally well, so he will likely keep playing quality minutes.
On Miami’s end, their injury report also remains unchanged from the previous game. It includes Tyler Herro (right-hand surgery), Nikola Jovic (back spasms), and Kyle Lowry (left knee soreness). The first two players are both officially deemed out, while Lowry is questionable.
This should be another great game between these two teams. Hopefully the Bucks can build some momentum off of their excellent Game 2 performance and aim to take down the Heat once again.
UPDATE: Giannis Antetokounmpo has been ruled out of tonight’s Game 3.
Be sure to catch Bucks vs. Heat Game 3 tonight at 6:30 p.m. CST.