Giannis Antetokounmpo’s brother inscribed on COVID-19 list – .

Giannis Antetokounmpo’s brother inscribed on COVID-19 list – .

COVID-19 hit the US Olympic team earlier this week, and now the virus has hit the NBA Finals. And that could have major ramifications if the NBA follows CDC protocols.

The Bucks ‘Thanasis Antetokounmpo, brother of superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo, was placed in COVID-19 protocol on Saturday ahead of the Bucks’ 123-119 victory in Game 5 against the Suns. Additionally, Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer has lost one of his assistants, Josh Oppenheimer, to contact research.

Giannis Antetokounmpo struggled with cramps after Game 5, according to the Bucks, and could not comment while receiving treatment.

“It was extremely difficult for him not to be there to cheer on the team,” said Giannis, returning to speak to the media after receiving treatment. “He gives a lot of energy to the team and the team feels it. Even though it hurts we still have to do our job and I facetime it after the game. “

Thananis and Giannis Antetokounmpo
Thananis and Giannis Antetokounmpo
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Giannis, who kissed Thanasis (a 2014 Knicks draft pick) for about 15 seconds before taking the field for Wednesday’s Game 4, played and finished with 32 points. Players are tested several times a day, so the tests on Giannis probably came back negative. But the virus sometimes takes days to show up on a post-exposure test.

Budenholzer has tried not to sound worried as the country is on the rise.

“I think health and safety protocols are at the heart of all concerns right now,” Budenholzer said ahead of the game. “Definitely the connection of these two guys [the Antetokounmpos] and proximity, everyone knows that. But you know, I think we’re all fine. We are all ready. “

Suns coach Monty Williams wore a mask during his pre-game presser on Saturday for the first time in the final. Phoenix playmaker Chris Paul missed the first two games of the Western Conference Finals with a positive COVID-19 result.

Williams was asked, with all the pressures of the final, what he does in his spare time. “Who are you writing for,” Williams joked. “You don’t want to know what I’m doing in my spare time. “

Williams, a 1994 Knicks first-round pick, made another classic point before Game 5 with the streak tied at two games apiece. “Doctor [Rivers] Texted me about a week ago and he kind of hit him on the head: pressure is a privilege. We want to be in this position, as difficult as it is, that’s what you want. You are not going to find grandeur on a beach. You will find him in the fight. “

Ahead of the start of the final, LeBron James said he would pay close attention to this series because he “has a horse in the race” – Suns point guard Chris Paul. And James has been on Paul’s ear, advising him and even showing up to the front row on Saturday. After all, James has made nine NBA Finals, with four championships, including last year’s bubble title.

“We’re talking,” Paul said before Game 5. “I have a number of guys I talk to. Bron, I was there with him in the final when he played against Spurs. We still shoot texts here and there. Whether it’s him, whether it’s Melo [Carmelo Anthony], Dwyane Wade. It’s what you do with friends. ”


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