The Suns reached the finals by prevailing over the LA Clippers in six games in the Western Conference finals. Meanwhile, the Bucks are in the NBA finals courtesy of a series win against the Atlanta Hawks.
A major talking point ahead of this crucial clash is Giannis Antetokounmpo's fitness, and fans will be curious to know about his status ahead of Game 1.
Will Giannis Antetokounmpo be available for
Game 1 of the 2021 NBA Finals against the Phoenix Suns?
Giannis Antetokounmpo is listed as doubtful for Game 1 of the NBA Finals matchup between the Phoenix Suns and the Atlanta Hawks. That means there is little chance of the Greek Freak playing against the Suns in the first game of the series.
Giannis Antetokounmpo suffered a 'hyperextended knee' injury in Game 4 of the series against the Atlanta Hawks, which has kept him out of NBA action ever since. According to NBA insider Jared Greenberg, Antetokounmpo is "fighting tooth and nail" to play against the Phoenix Suns tonight, but a decision will only be made after the Milwaukee Bucks medical staff test his knee.
The Milwaukee Bucks had listed Giannis Antetokounmpo as 'day-to-day', so the Bucks fans will certainly welcome the medical team upgrading him to doubtful. The two-time MVP is the Bucks' best player, so him sitting out even for a game could have major ramifications for the entire series.
Giannis Antetokounmpo is vying for the first championship of his career, so it's not surprising to see that the 26-year old is desperate to feature in tonight's game despite nursing an injury.
Before going down with injury, Giannis Antetokounmpo was having a brilliant playoff run, tallying 28 points, postseason high 12.7 rebounds and 5 assists on 55% shooting from the field. Antetokoumpo has been a menace on the defensive side of the ball as well, registering a steal and a block per game as well.
In Giannis Antetokounmpo's absence in Game 5 and 6 of the Eastern Conference finals, the supporting cast trio of Brook Lopez, Khris Middleton and Jrue Holiday came to the franchise's rescue, leading them past the gritty Hawks. if Antetokounmpo ends up missing out again, the onus of leading the Bucks to a win on the road will again fall on these three stars' shoulders.