Giannis Antetokounmpo was only able to do so much before his right ankle gave out in the second quarter of Sunday’s Game 4 against the Miami Heat.
Early in the second quarter with the Bucks trailing 31-29, the Greek Freak drove to the basket and was fouled by Andre Iguodala, but twisted his right ankle in the process – the same ankle he sprained in Game 3 and needed to test out pregame on Sunday before deciding to play.
Antetokounmpo was on the ground screaming in pain and remained on the ground for several minutes before being helped off the court and refrained from putting any weight on his leg.
Moments later, the MVP checked back into the game to shoot his free throws – which he must do to remain eligible to re-enter the game – hitting one of two before the Bucks immediately committed a foul so he can head back to the locker room.
He was able to walk on and off the court under his own strength, but was noticeably limping and it was later ruled he would not return to the game with a right ankle sprain.
Giannis hit one of two of his free throws to pull within 31-30, but the Bucks star was carrying the team for much of the first half before his exit with Milwaukee facing elimination – down 3-0 in the series to the Heat.
Giannis left the game with 19 points and four rebounds with a steal and block in just 11 minutes of action.
The rest of the team seemed to pick up the pace the rest of the second quarter and led the Heat at halftime, 50-48.