Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo removed the league’s health and safety protocols and is expected to play in the team’s Christmas Day game with Boston Celtics, based on ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. This comes after he worked in court on Friday.
Giannis entered the protocols on December 14 and has missed the past five Bucks games. While the team clearly wants him back as soon as possible – and the league wants one of their biggest stars ready for their day out – the Bucks won’t be in a hurry to return if he’s not ready. 100% ready. Thankfully, it appeared NBA fans will get to see the reigning MVP of the Finals during the holiday season.
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Based on comment from Kris Middleton Earlier this week, it appeared that Giannis had tested positive for COVID-19 and had symptoms.
“I talked to him a few times,” Middleton said. “I think he definitely feels it, from what I gather or hear when I talk to him. But he lives and breathes basketball. I think we all know that. So I think it’s an understatement to say that he misses being out there, remembers being off the field and what not. Like you said, when he’s not playing, he’s on the ice. bench all that time. I know he’d love to come back so I hope we can see him here soon.”
If Giannis does play, he will likely be limited to minutes as it will be his first game in almost two weeks.
Also set to make his season debut on Christmas Day is Donte DiVincenzo, per The Athletic’s Shams Charania. The guard was sidelined after surgery to repair and an ankle injury he sustained during last year’s playoffs.
https://www.cbssports.com/nba/news/giannis-antetokounmpo-expected-to-play-on-christmas-day-donte-divincenzo-set-to-return-for-bucks-per-reports/ Giannis Antetokounmpo expected to play on Christmas Day, Donte DiVincenzo set to return to Bucks, reports