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Giannis channels Klay, still takes free throws after injury

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Giannis Antetokounmpo helped off court

Giannis Antetokounmpo did his best Klay Thompson impression on Sunday.

With the Milwaukee Bucks facing elimination against the Miami Heat in Game 4 of their second-round playoff series, Antetokounmpo shot a pair of free throws moments after re-spraining his ankle in the second quarter.

Like Thompson after the Warriors star tore his ACL in Game 6 of the 2019 NBA Finals, the reigning MVP walked to the line under his own power to take his foul shots before subbing out.

Antetokounmpo split the foul shots, walked down the tunnel and didn't return in the first half. The Bucks ruled him out for the remainder game just after halftime.

The 25-year-old sprained his ankle in Game 3, but he started Game 4 no worse for wear. He scored 19 points (8-of-10 shooting) and grabbed four rebounds before exiting the game.

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Milwaukee hopes Antetokounmpo's parallels with Thompson end with the free throws and missing the remainder of the game. The Bucks, at least, avoided an exact repeat of history by forcing Game 5 with a 118-115 win, and it's not yet clear if Antetokounmpo will return. 

The Warriors, meanwhile, lost Game 6 -- and the Finals -- to the Toronto Raptors after Thompson's injury. Thompson ultimately sat out the entirety of the 2019-20 NBA season while rehabbing his torn ACL.

If Antetokounmpo's free throws are his last shots of the season, the similarities will run much deeper than the Bucks can afford while facing elimination.