2021 Playoffs: East Final | Bucks (3) vs. Hawks (5)
Trae Young available, Giannis Antetokounmpo out for Game 6
Trae Young returns just in time as the Hawks look to avoid elimination in Game 6.
ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta’s best player, point guard Trae Young, is available to play in Game 6 (8:30 ET, TNT) of the Eastern Conference finals against the Milwaukee Bucks. He missed the two previous games with a bone bruise in his right foot after inadvertently stepping on an official’s foot and twisting his ankle in Game 3.
Young was cleared about an hour before the game after being listed as questionable on the NBA’s Saturday injury report.
Coach Nate McMillan said Young would be a game-time decision. Young missed the two previous games with a bone bruise in his right foot after inadvertently stepping on an official’s foot and twisting his ankle in Game 3.
Veteran sixth man Lou Williams started the last two games for the Hawks.
— Atlanta Hawks (@ATLHawks) July 3, 2021
Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo has been ruled out.
The two-time MVP will miss his second straight game in the series, which the Bucks were leading 3-2.
Giannis Antetokounmpo is out (hyperextended left knee) for Game 6 tonight. pic.twitter.com/qq9UkiDKb6
— Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) July 3, 2021
Antetokounmpo hyperextended his left knee in Game 4 after landing awkwardly trying to contest a dunk by Clint Capela.
Bobby Portis was expected to get his second straight playoff start after scoring 22 points and grabbing eight rebounds in Milwaukee’s 123-112 victory Thursday night.
Milwaukee can clinch its first trip to the NBA Finals since 1974 with one more victory over the Hawks, who haven’t reach the championship round since moving to Atlanta in 1968.
The East winner will face the Phoenix Suns in the finals.