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Giannis Antetokounmpo to miss second straight game as Bucks play Spurs

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SAN ANTONIO — The Milwaukee Bucks will play their second straight game without stars Giannis Antetokounmpo and Jrue Holiday when they play the San Antonio Spurs at 7 p.m. Friday at the AT&T Center.

Giannis Antetokounmpo continues to treat left knee pain

Antetokounmpo has been ruled out for Friday’s game against Spurs with a left knee pain and it will be the second game in a row and the third of the last four games he has missed.

The first time Antetokounmpo felt bothered by his left knee was while warming up before the game against Detroit on November 2 at the Fiserv Forum. He played 29 minutes in the win over the Pistons, scoring 32 points and catching 12 rebounds.

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The next day, he appeared on the injury report for the first time with pain in his knee. He played Minnesota on November 4 and made just 7 of his 17 shots for 26 points. He added 14 rebounds. He did not play against Oklahoma City the next night and returned to play 26 minutes against Atlanta on November 7. He was only 9 to 20 and many of his jumpers hit the front of the rim, and Hawks players jumped over him for offensive rebounds on several occasions. He was then eliminated from the game against The Thunder on November 9.

Antetokounmpo was ruled out against the Spurs early in the morning of November 11, along with point guard Jrue Holiday (sprained right ankle) and stopped driving to return to Milwaukee. Bucks head coach Mike Budenholzer said before the game Antetokounmpo’s situation hasn’t changed.

In his first five games, Antetokounmpo shot 60.6% from the ground and averaged 34.4 points in 34.6 minutes per game. In the four games played after the knee flared up during warm-up, he’s played 30.4 minutes per game and his shooting is down to 46.4% while scoring 28.5 points.

Buck’s injury report

  • Giannis Antetokounmpo (left knee pain): Out
  • Jrue Holiday (Right ankle sprain): Out
  • Khris Middleton (left wrist surgery): Out
  • Pat Connaughton (right calf strain): Out
  • Joe Ingles (left ACL): Out
  • AJ Green (broken nose): Out

Who starts for the Bucks?

The team used the same starters in a double overtime win on Wednesday. Carter took a more active offensive playmaking role and recorded career bests in points (36) and assists (12), while Beauchamp also had a career best (19) and Lopez became a more aggressive offensive force in the fourth quarter and the extra sessions.

Who do the Bucks play next?

Milwaukee meets the Atlanta Hawks for the third time in their first 13 games at 7 p.m. Monday at the Fiserv Forum. The Bucks won the first meeting on October 29 in Milwaukee, while the Hawks won 117-98 in Atlanta on November 7, cementing the Bucks’ nine-game winning streak in the franchise early in the season.

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