Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo has entered the league’s health and safety protocols and will not play against the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday night.
Players who test positive can clear COVID-19 protocols with two negative PCR tests within 24 hours like LeBron James recently did. If not, Antetokounmpo will likely be spending 10 days in isolation away from the team without conducting physical activity. If he has to spend the full number of days in isolation, Antetokounmpo will miss the Bucks’ Christmas Day clash with the Celtics at Fiserv Forum.
The Milwaukee Bucks have listed Giannis Antetokounmpo as out for tomorrow’s game against the Indiana Pacers due to the NBA’s health and safety protocols.
— Tim Bontemps (@TimBontemps) December 15, 2021
Antetokounmpo played Sunday in New York and Monday in Boston. He had a triple-double in the victory over the Knicks and scored 20 points in the team’s 117-103 loss to the Boston Celtics.
In a double blow for Milwaukee, Wesley Matthews has also entered the league’s health and safety protocols and will also be out for Wednesday’s game against Indiana.
Khris dishes & Giannis finishes!! pic.twitter.com/piAN7Ea4u5
— Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) December 14, 2021
This is not the first time this season the Bucks have had to deal with COVID-related absences, either. Earlier this season, Khris Middleton missed eight games after testing positive for COVID-19. The Bucks were 3-5 in his absence.
Antetokounmpo is averaging 27 points, 11.6 rebounds and 5.8 assists in 26 games so far this season.