Bucks giving Antetokounmpo’s ankle more time to heal

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              Milwaukee Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo dunks during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers, Thursday, March 28, 2019, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Aaron Gash)
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ATLANTA (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo will miss the Milwaukee Bucks‘ game against the Atlanta Hawks because of a right ankle sprain.

Antetokounmpo aggravated the ankle injury after scoring 34 points in the Bucks’ 128-118 win over the Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday night. He left the game midway through the fourth quarter and did not return.

Milwaukee entered Sunday’s game 3½ games ahead of Toronto in the race for the top spot in the Eastern Conference. The decision to rest Antetokounmpo came with the Bucks close to securing home-court advantage throughout the playoffs.

Antetokounmpo has missed two games since suffering the injury on March 17 against Philadelphia. He is averaging 27.4 points per game.