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Giannis Antetokounmpo starts despite wrist but leaves game with knee injury

Miami Heat v Milwaukee Bucks

MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN - FEBRUARY 24: Giannis Antetokounmpo #34 of the Milwaukee Bucks dribbles the ball to the basket during the first half of the game against the Miami Heat at Fiserv Forum on February 24, 2023 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by John Fisher/Getty Images)

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The night started on a positive note for the Bucks — Giannis Antetokounmpo started the game despite a wrist injury suffered just more than a week before in the final game before the All-Star break.

However, by the end of the first quarter against the Heat he asked out of the game and went straight to the Bucks’ locker room. He did not return with the team saying he had knocked knees with an opponent.

After the game, coach Mike Budenholzer had little in terms of an update, saying they would see how he feels tomorrow and take it day by day.

Antetokounmpo has played at an MVP level this season — averaging 31.8 points, 12.2 rebounds and 5.4 assists a game — and for the Bucks the priority is having him healthy for the playoffs.

Even without their best player the Bucks blew the doors off the Heat and extended their winning streak to 13 games, 128-99, behind 24 points from Jrue Holiday.