It’d been mostly quiet on the injury report front in the aftermath of last Sunday’s season finale against the Chicago Bulls, but there was cause for concern with Thanasis Antetokounmpo having to leave the court after tweaking his knee in the third quarter.
Well, we’ve got an update courtesy of the team (and Eric Nehm of The Athletic):
Bucks announce Thanasis Antetokounmpo will be out at least the next two weeks with an avulsion fracture to the right patella tendon.— Eric Nehm (@eric_nehm) May 18, 2021
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Antetokounmpo was initially ruled out on Sunday with right patellar tenderness, but after evaluations it was found that he had suffered an avulsion fracture. For the amateur doctors among us, “According to the Mayo Clinic, an avulsion fracture is when a small chunk of bone attached to a tendon or ligament gets pulled away from the main part of the bone. In most cases, it is treated with icing and rest, followed by controlled exercises to strengthen the knee and improve the range of motion.”
Per the team, he’ll be held out for at least two weeks before being reevaluated, a timeline which likely keeps him out of the first-round series against Miami.
We’ll have to see how the rehab schedule shifts on the injury. For example, Bogdan Bogdanovic suffered a similar fracture on January 9th and did not return until the beginning of March. Whether Thanasis returns after the two weeks or will need more time remains to be seen.
Get better, Thanasis. We’ll miss your boost of energy out there.