REPORT: Giannis Antetokounmpo Out Against Pacers After Entering COVID-19 Protocols
Giannis Antetokounmpo and Wesley Matthews have reportedly entered health and safety protocols and will miss the Bucks Wednesday game against the Pacers per League insider Adrian Wojnarowski.
The Bucks will be without Giannis Antetokounmpo and Wes Matthews now. Rest of team continues to undergo testing. https://t.co/M6hwEir2YV— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) December 15, 2021
The Milwaukee Bucks can’t catch a break with injuries and illness in general. Khris Middleton was listed as questionable after suffering hyperextended knee Monday against the Celtics; Shams Charania reported that Donte DiVincenzo entered protocols too ahead of his season debut DeMarcus Cousins (personal reasons), Brook Lopez (back surgery), and Semi Ojeleye (calf strain).
Antetokounmpo averages 27.0 points,11.6 rebounds, and 5.8 assists per game, while Wesley Matthews has averaged 2.5 points and 1.3 rebounds in four appearances. Matthews signed with the Bucks two weeks ago.
Tuesday’s report leaves the Greek Freaks status for a Christmas Day matchup against Boston in jeopardy. Antetokounmpo, Matthews, and DiVincenzo must return two negative PCR tests at least 24 hours apart or miss 10 days. The Bucks (18-11) will be playing six games over the next 11 days, starting with their Pacers game. The gauntlet concludes next week against the Celtics at home.