Giannis Antetokounmpo officially ruled out for Game 5 of Eastern Finals

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MILWAUKEE — The Bucks will have home court advantage in a pivotal Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Atlanta Hawks, but if they’re going to move within one game of their first NBA Finals appearance since 1974, they’ll have to do it without their best player.

The Bucks announced Thursday afternoon that Giannis Antetokounmpo is officially being ruled out for Game 5 after suffering a hyperextended knee in Tuesday night’s Game 4 loss.

It’s an announcement Giannis himself seemed to foreshadow with a tweet of his own, urging fans in Milwaukee to get loud for Game 5.

The absence of the two-time NBA MVP means players like Khris Middleton and Jrue Holiday will likely have to pick up their contributions. Atlanta may be without their best player, too, as Trae Young is still listed as questionable with a bone bruise in his foot.

The Bucks did get some good news on Antetokounmpo’s knee on Wednesday, when doctors said they found no structural damage to his knee ligaments. While medical experts say that was the best-case scenario for the injury, his timetable to return is still unclear.