Is Giannis Antetokounmpo playing tonight? Bucks’ Game 5 injury report

MIAMI, FLORIDA - APRIL 24 (Photo by Megan Briggs/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FLORIDA - APRIL 24 (Photo by Megan Briggs/Getty Images) /

The Milwaukee Bucks find themselves in a 3-1 hole vs. the Miami Heat in their first round series.

Injuries have been a major factor throughout this series, which has had fans monitoring the hourly injury reports very closely. With all of that said, let us look at the current injury report for tonight’s Game 5 between the Bucks and Heat.

Is Giannis Antetokounmpo playing tonight? Bucks’ Game 5 injury report

Per the NBA’s injury report, just one name is listed on Milwaukee’s end as of 12:30 p.m. CST, and that is Giannis Antetokounmpo. The Greek Freak is currently listed as “probable” due to his lower back contusion. Of course, Antetokounmpo has been dealing with this issue for the entire series, having played just 11 total minutes before Game 4. He will be hampered, but Antetokounmpo will almost certainly give it a go in this crucial game in Milwaukee.

One name that is noticeably absent from the injury report is Wesley Matthews. The veteran guard had missed the previous two games due to a calf strain, so it is great to see that he will be back on the floor after recovering from that. Matthews might not be a difference-maker for the Bucks, but he can certainly help due to his defensive prowess. The Bucks have lacked a spark on that end in these past few games, and perhaps Matthews’ return could help give them a big lift.

On Miami’s side of things, Tyler Herro remains out with a right hand fracture. Victor Oladipo is out as well after he suffered a torn patellar tendon in this series. Bam Adebayo is probable as he deals with a left hamstring strain.

The Bucks find themselves with their backs against the walls as they trail three games to one and will have to play some of their best basketball to stay alive in this series. Hopefully the Bucks start the game with some intensity and never let up as they look to set the tone. It’s do-or-die time for the Milwaukee Bucks in these NBA Playoffs.

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Be sure to catch a must-see Game 5 between the Bucks and Heat tonight at Fiserv Forum.