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Will Giannis Antetokounmpo play on Christmas Day vs. Celtics?

The Finals MVP has been in health and safety protocols for a while. We go over whether or not he’ll play Christmas Day.

Milwaukee Bucks v Boston Celtics
Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks dribbles the balll during a game against the Boston Celtics at TD Garden on December 13, 2021 in Boston, Massachusetts.
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Update: It’s officially. Antetokounmpo will take the floor Saturday against the Celtics, giving the Bucks a massive edge. Look for the lines to shift towards Milwaukee more, even though they’ve already corrected for Antetokounmpo playing based on Friday’s news and him trending towards playing.

Update: It looks like Antetokounmpo is going to suit up in this game, as he’s not listed on the team’s official injury report. The Bucks have been notorious for changing things up at the last minute, so Antetokounmpo could be on a minutes limit or come off the bench initially.

Update: Antetokounmpo has been cleared from the league’s protocols, and the forward will make a decision on whether he’ll take the floor against the Celtics based on his conditioning.

The Milwaukee Bucks will meet the Boston Celtics on Christmas Day with one major piece of their championship lineup in question. Giannis Antetokounmpo, an MVP candidate and the reigning Finals MVP, has been sidelined due to the league’s health and safety protocols. He has been out for a while now, and there have been no updates on his status in general. It’s hard to know exactly what his status will be on Christmas Day.

Will Giannis Antetokounmpo play on Christmas Day?

It’s not looking great right now for Antetokounmpo, who has been out since December 15. Christmas Day would technically complete the 10-day quarantine period for the Greek Freak, who hasn’t been able to test out of the protocols so far. If Antetokounmpo is able to test out or completes the quarantine period successfully, he’ll give the Bucks a massive boost against the Celtics. His presence would shift the lines significantly for this game. His status will be worth monitoring until the opening tip.