For the most part, we got some really good game 1’s in the NBA Playoffs but the only thing people can really talk about is if charges should be banned or not after Ja Morant and Giannis Antetokounmpo missed the remainder of their games after guys tried to take a charge on their drives.
They were some very unfortunate plays but there really isn’t a need to talk about banning charges. Especially considering how hard it is to play defense now.
Ja Morant’s status for game 2 is up in the air but for Giannis, the Bucks are more optimistic about his status as reported by ESPN.
Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo received an MRI on his injured back that came back clean, coach Mike Budenholzer said Monday afternoon, an optimistic update one day after a lower back contusion forced the two-time MVP to exit Sunday’s game before the end of the first half.
The Bucks had a team film session Monday afternoon, so Antetokounmpo did not have a chance to get on the court with the team, but Budenholzer said the team was feeling optimistic about his status.
“He’s still sore, but I think progress,” Budenholzer said Monday. “He’s getting some treatment, and we’ll just continue to monitor him for the next day or two.”
“I think still mostly positive, mostly optimistic,” Budenholzer said. “But we’ll see how he feels over the next day or two.”
With Giannis in the lineup, the Bucks probably feel like it could be a quick series but without him, it could end up going longer and sway towards the Heat.
It is very clear that Giannis might be able to get by the HEAT without Giannis, but they can’t win anything long-term without him. This goes for all the teams in the playoffs, so the stars really have to be careful out there on the court.
Hopefully, this doesn’t linger for Giannis.