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Thanasis Antetokounmpo enters health and safety protocols before Game 5 – NBA.com

Posted: July 19, 2021 at 1:49 am

Thanasis Antetokounmpo shoots the ball against the Phoenix Suns during Game 3 of the 2021 Finals.

PHOENIX (AP) In the most important games of this NBA season, COVID-19 continues to make its impact felt.

The Milwaukee Bucks will be without reserve forward Thanasis Antetokounmpo, who was placed in the NBAs health and safety protocols before Game 5 of the finals on Saturday. The NBA also announced that Sean Wright wouldnt be able to officiate due to the leagues health and safety protocols.

Wright was replaced by James Williams.

The loss of Antetokounmpo doesnt have an impact on the Bucks rotation; he has played 45 minutes in 13 playoff games. The main concern is whether Thanasis absence will impact his brother, two-time MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo. The siblings are very close.

Certainly those two guys connection and the closeness, everybody knows it, Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer said. But you know, I think were all good. Were all ready. Ready to go.

The 28-year-old has played just once during the Finals, a 93-second appearance in Milwaukees Game 3 blowout win. The older brother to Bucks superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo, Thanasis is concluding his second season with Milwaukee. He was originally drafted 51st overall in 2014 by the New York Knicks.

Budenholzer also said that the Bucks wont have a full staff on the bench for Game 5, though he didnt specify who would miss the game.

The NBA is trying to get through the finals without a major COVID-19 outbreak as cases are rising throughout most of the country and the world. Suns point guard Chris Paul missed the first two games of the Western Conference finals against the LA Clippers because he was in the leagues protocol.

I think the health and safety protocols are on the front of everybodys minds right now, Budenholzer said. I think were in a good place and ready to go.

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