The Wizards won't have to deal with Giannis Antetokounmpo on Sunday, as the Bucks star has been ruled out due to an illness. Head coach Jason Kidd revealed the news pregame in Milwaukee.
Giannis, 22, has been a tough matchup for the Wizards this season through three games. He's averaging 29.7 points, 11 rebounds and 6.7 assists on 61.2 percent shooting against the Wizards.
Washington hopes to take the season series, already holding a 2-1 advantage against Milwaukee. Not having to face Giannis should certainly help that cause. Though, the Wizards did lose at the Bucks on Dec. 23 and have lost five of their last six on the road.
It was in that game at Milwaukee that Giannis set a career-high with 39 points. He did that by staying on the floor late in what ended a 123-96 blowout win for the Bucks. That didn't sit well for the Wizards, who made a point to be physical with Giannis in their next matchup on Dec. 26.
Whatever the Wizards had in store for Giannis in the fourth and final matchup of this season, we won't get to see. But surely they won't complain that he is out.
With Giannis sidelined, that will put the onus on Jabari Parker, who is second on Milwaukee with 20.4 points per game.