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Giannis Antetokounmpo (back) ruled out against Hawks

Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo will not suit up for Friday’s contest against the Atlanta Hawks due to back soreness, the team announced.

Antetokounmpo appeared to be dealing with a back injury during the 121-109 loss against the Philadelphia 76ers on Christmas Day, often twisting his body to stretch out the soreness. The 25-year-old superstar also took a shot to the eye in the fourth quarter, which resulted in him yelling at the referee and picking up a technical.

This is just the second game Antetokounmpo has missed this season. He sat out of a matchup against the New Orleans Pelicans earlier this month with right quad tendon soreness.

Milwaukee (27-5) is playing the first game of a back-to-back before facing the Orlando Magic on Saturday. The Kia MVP frontrunner is averaging 30.5 points, 12.9 rebounds and 5.7 assists in 31.1 minutes per game.