The Atlanta Hawks and Milwaukee Bucks will square off on Thursday evening locked at 2-2 with a series lead on the line. While injuries are impacting each team, both sides will be tasked of getting ready to play no matter the circumstance.
The Hawks were able to pull off a Game 4 win without Trae Young, while the Bucks faltered after Giannis Antetokounmpo left the game with a hyperextended knee. The two-time MVP did not return after a rough looking fall under the basket in the third quarter. After an MRI on Wednesday, it was determined Antetokounmpo did not suffer any structural damage to his knee, thankfully. He was ruled out for Game 5 Thursday afternoon, however.
Young will likely be a game-time decision Thursday evening, as head coach Nate McMillan hinted in postgame on Tuesday. He hasn’t been able to put a ton of weight or pressure on the foot since he rolled it stepping on an official’s shoe in the third quarter of Game 3.
Both teams may again be short-handed in Game 5. With a trip to the NBA Finals to play the Phoenix Suns on the line, both Milwaukee and Atlanta will need guys to step up more than ever.
The Suns cliched berth in the NBA Finals with a Game 6 win over the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday. They finished the regular season with the second best record in the Western Conference, and now they are poised to play for the championship.
One of these two teams will win two more games to meet Phoenix in the final. It’s a essentially a three-game series at this point, with two of the games in Milwaukee.
Young (right foot bone bruise) is questionable, while Bogdan Bogdanovic (right knee soreness) is probable. Clint Capela (eye) is also questionable.
Brandon Goodwin (minor respiratory condition) and De’Andre Hunter (right meniscus surgery) remain out.
For Milwaukee, Antetokounmpo (hyperextended knee) has been ruled OUT for Game 5, while Donte DiVincenzo (ankle) is out for the season.
The Bucks open as two-point favorites with the status of Young and Capela up in the air, while that number will probably be higher if the Hawks starting point guard or center is ruled out for Game 5.
If Young and Capela are ruled in, the Hawks might honestly wind up being the favorite for the first time all series.
Game Date/Time: Thursday, July 1, 8:30 pm ET
Location: Fiserv Forum
Radio: 92.9 The Game (Atlanta); Hawks Radio Network
Streaming: Watch TNT