Giannis Antetokounmpo (calf) sat out Game 2 against the Pacers

Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo is averaging 30.4 ppg this season.

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Milwaukee (AP) – Giannis Antetokounmpo left Game 2 of the Milwaukee Bucks' Eastern Conference first-round playoff series against the Indiana Pacers on Tuesday night with a lingering left calf strain.

The two-time MVP missed Game 1 and the Bucs' last three regular-season games.

„(He) was shot today, a bunch on the ground” Bucks coach Doc Rivers said during his pregame media session. „He's getting closer.”

Game 3 is Friday in Indianapolis.

Antetokounmpo was struggling to run the court in the third quarter April 9 win When he was on the Boston Celtics grabbed his left calf He eventually took a seat on the floor before heading to the locker room. An MRI revealed a muscle strain.

Antetokounmpo hasn't played since.

The Bucks went 6-5 this season in games Antetokounmpo missed. 109-94 Game 1 win Sunday night over the Pacers. Damian Lillard scored 35 points in the first half in the loss.

Antetokounmpo has dealt with injuries in the postseason before.

He missed the final 1 1/2 games of 2020 Second round loss to Miami A sprained ankle. He played in the final two games of the 2021 Eastern Conference Finals for the A Hyperextended kneeBut he returned to lead the Bucks to their first championship since 1971 and was named Finals MVP after scoring 50 points in a title-clinching Game 6 victory over the Phoenix Suns.

Last year, A Lower back injury Antetokounmpo was forced out Game 1 And he missed the next two games at Bucks. Lose in the first round to Miami.

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