Antetokounmpo (knee) ruled out by the Bucks for East Game 6

Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo has been excluded from Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Atlanta Hawks

ATLANTA – Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo was ruled out of Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals on Saturday against the Atlanta Hawks.

The two-time MVP will miss his second straight game of the series, which the Bucks led 3-2.

Antetokounmpo hypertensive his left knee in Game 4 after he landed awkwardly while trying to challenge a Clint Capela dunk.

Bobby Portis was set to get his second straight playoff start after scoring 22 points and taking eight rebounds in Milwaukee’s 123-112 win on Thursday night.

Atlanta’s best player, playmaker Trae Young, was still listed as questionable in the NBA injury report on Saturday and likely to be a decision to be made during the game. He missed the previous two games with a bone contusion in his right foot after inadvertently stepping on an official’s foot and twisting his ankle in Game 3.

Sixth veteran Lou Williams has started the Hawks’ last two games.

Milwaukee can win their first trip to the NBA Finals since 1974 with one more victory over the Hawks, who haven’t reached the championship round since arriving in Atlanta in 1968.

The winner of the East will face the Phoenix Suns in the final.

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