Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Bucks sidelined due to hamstring soreness against the Suns

Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Bucks sidelined due to hamstring soreness against the Suns

Giannis Antetokounmpo will not be suiting up for the Milwaukee Bucks in their matchup against the Phoenix Suns due to left hamstring soreness. This absence marks only the fourth game that Giannis has missed this season, despite frequently appearing on the injury report. Head coach Doc Rivers initially expected Giannis to play as he was listed as questionable on Saturday, but just over an hour before the game, he was ruled inactive.

There is speculation that a comment made by Coach Rivers on Saturday may have influenced Giannis’ decision to sit out on Sunday. Rivers had reminded Giannis that it’s important to prioritize his health and save his toughness for the playoffs. While it’s unclear if this directly impacted Giannis’ decision, it highlights the influence of coaching on player decisions.

Giannis has been putting up impressive numbers this season, averaging 30.8 points, 11.2 rebounds, and 6.4 assists per game. His absence will undoubtedly be felt by the Bucks, but there is some positive news as Khris Middleton is set to return after missing 16 consecutive games with an ankle sprain. Middleton’s return coincides with the game against the Suns, as the last time he played was against them on Feb. 6.

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