Antetokounmpo struggled to get back into the game according to multiple reports, but was ultimately called off. He was unable to plant or jump from the sprain, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Milwaukee coach Mike Budenholzer said after the game the team “will see how they fare in the next 24 to 48 hours” before determining their status for Tuesday’s Game 5, another victory must-have for the Bucks.
Antetokounmpo sprained his ankle while fouling a practice at the start of the second quarter. He gave an audible cry and stayed on the ground for a few minutes before being helped on the bench.
Antetokounmpo was able to shoot his free throws which would have allowed him to come back, but the Bucks ruled out their superstar for the remainder of the game right after the whistle blasted at halftime. He finished with 19 points and four rebounds in 11 minutes – and finished with more points than Jimmy Butler despite being 27 minutes shorter.
Behind Khris Middleton’s 36-point performance, however, the Bucks managed to win the game and avoid elimination. No NBA team has ever returned to win a playoff series after losing 3-0. Clearly, the franchise had the long-term health of the likely consecutive MVP at the forefront of their thinking and felt it wasn’t worth the risk to put him back in the game.