Giannis Antikonmo Will rest the right knee and Paul George He will miss his first game since returning from injury as eight key players were ruled out of Friday’s game between the Los Angeles Clippers and the Milwaukee Bucks.
Both teams played overtime games Thursday night, with the Bucks winning 120-119 in Brooklyn and the Clippers losing 135-130 in Chicago.
Reggie Jackson (comfort), Marcus Morris Sr. (left knee ache) and Nick Patom (Left ankle soreness) will join George on the side of the clippers. non-veteran Brandon Boston Jr (disease other than COVID-19) is also out.
The Bucks injury report indicates that Antetokounmpo, Jrue holiday (left ankle sprain), khris middleton (left carpal inflammation) and Brooke Lopez will not play. The Bucks cited a return to competition as the reason Lopez was unavailable, as the 7-footer returned on March 14 after missing most of the season with a back injury.
This will be the third game in the past seven that Antetokounmpo has missed, although he has played in all three games of the Bucks’ recent road swing.
George has played two games since returning to the court after tearing his ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow in December. George scored 31 minutes and scored 34 points on Tuesday in a win over the Utah Jazz. Against the Bulls, George played 32 minutes and scored 22 points but did not play in overtime after reaching the minutes limit, according to coach Tai Lu.
With five games remaining, the Clippers clinched the playing berth and solidified to eighth in the Western Conference at 37-40. The Bucks are second in the East with a time of 48-28, half a game behind the Miami Heat.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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