Bucks upgrade Giannis to ‘questionable’ for Game 1 of NBA Finals vs. Suns

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Curtis Compton

Atlanta Hawks center Clint Capela, top, and Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo fall to the court during the third quarter in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals in the NBA basketball playoffs Tuesday, June 29, 2021, in Atlanta. Antetokounmpo left the game. (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

PHOENIX — The Phoenix Suns are slight favorites heading into Game 1 of the NBA Finals against the Milwaukee Bucks, but the Bucks’ latest injury report update may be giving fans in Wisconsin a little more optimism.

The Bucks have upgraded the status of two-time NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo from “doubtful” to “questionable” ahead of Tuesday night’s game.

Antentokounmpo hyperextended his knee in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Atlanta Hawks, but the Bucks’ supporting cast was able to step up and help the team win the series’ final two games without him, clinching their first NBA Finals appearance since 1974.

Doctors found no structural damage in the knee last week, which experts at UW-Madison described as the “best-case scenario.”

The Suns won both meetings with the Bucks earlier this season, with both games being decided by just one point. Antetokounmpo averaged 40 points per game in those first two meetings, shooting 60% from the field as the Suns struggled to contain him.

Tipoff for Game 1 is set for 8 p.m. CDT.