Antetokounmpo suspended for Bucks final for a whim


LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) – Giannis Antetokounmpo was suspended for Milwaukee’s last game of the regular season, was given a one-game penalty Wednesday for beating Washington’s Moe Wagner.

It’s unclear whether Antetokounmpo would have played in Thursday’s game against Memphis anyway, given that the Bucks have already secured the No.1 seed in the overall standings in the NBA Playoffs starting next week.

Antetokounmpo will be eligible for the Bucks’ first-round series opener against Orlando, which will almost certainly be played on Monday or Tuesday at Walt Disney World.

The incident happened on Tuesday night, when Wagner took over Antetokounmpo in the second quarter. Antetokounmpo seemed to speak angrily, followed Wagner to the other end, and the head butt came seconds later.

Antetokounmpo said after the game that the header was a “terrible action” and if he “could go back and go back in time and come back to this game, I wouldn’t. He said he was frustrated by a build-up of contacts, one night when he had already obtained 12 free throws in his first 10 minutes of play.

Antetokounmpo was ejected from the match for the foul of Flagrant-2. He ends the regular season averaging 29.5 points, 13.6 rebounds and 5.6 assists, numbers that are likely good enough to earn him a second straight NBA MVP award.


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