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Is Giannis Antetokounmpo playing for the Bucks on Monday vs. the Heat?

The Bucks F has a back injury. We break down and update you on his status for Monday’s game vs. Miami.

2023 NBA Playoffs Game Three - Milwaukee Bucks v Miami Heat
Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks looks on from the sideline during the game against the Miami Heat during Round One Game Three of the 2023 NBA Playoffs on April 22, 2023 at Kaseya Center in Miami, Florida.
Photo by Eric Espada/NBAE via Getty Images

The Milwaukee Bucks, the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference with the best record in the NBA, are on the ropes heading into Game 4 against the Miami Heat Monday. The Bucks are down 2-1 and could go back to Milwaukee in a precarious position if they lose Game 4.

One player who could certainly make a difference for the Bucks is star forward Giannis Antetokounmpo. The Greek Freak suffered a back injury in Game 1 and tried to play through the pain before ultimately checking out. He has missed Games 2 and 3 with a lower back contusion. Here’s the latest on his status.

Giannis Antetokounmpo injury updates

Update: Per Chris Haynes, Antetokounmpo has officially been cleared to return tonight and will suit up for the Bucks in Game 4.

Update: According to Shams Charania, Antetokounmpo will make his return to the court tonight in Game 4. The Greek Freak was present at shootaround and with the prospect of his team going down 3-1, it made sense he would come back for this game. Barring setbacks, he’ll suit up for Milwaukee.

The Bucks have officially listed Antetokounmpo as questionable for this game. I’m guessing Antetokounmpo could’ve played in Game 3 at less than 100% if the Bucks had lost Game 2 but Milwaukee winning that game gave him an extra day to rest. With Milwaukee now facing a 3-1 deficit, I’m willing to bet Antetokounmpo will suit up even if he’s not completely healthy.

If the Bucks continue holding Antetokounmpo out, Jrue Holiday, Khris Middleton and Bobby Portis will have bigger roles in the offense. Portis in particular becomes a good value play in all fantasy formats.