The All-Star Game’s two captains will not be suiting up tonight when the Milwaukee Bucks will host the Los Angeles Lakers.
Giannis Antetokounmpo will sit out tonight with the sprained ankle he sustained Sunday in the third quarter of the Bucks’ 130-125 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers on Sunday.
Antetokounmpo did not leae the game and finished with a career-high of 52 points, to go with 16 rebounds and seven assists.
Lakers star LeBron James will also sit out with a sore groin. James originally suffered the injury on Christmas Day and missed 17 games. Now that the Lakers are out of playoff contention, team officials have been consciously limiting James’ minutes.
The Bucks also will be without guard Malcolm Brogdon, who is out long-term with a tear of his plantar fascia.
The Bucks signed Tim frazier to a contract Tuesday, one day after waiving Christian Wood. Frazier spent training camp with the Bucks.
Milwaukee is also without Sterling Brown, Donte DiVincenzo and Pau Gasol. The Lakers also are missing Brandon Ingram and Lonzo Ball, who have been shut down for the season.
The Bucks (52-18) hold a 2 1/2 game lead over the Toronto Raptors for the best record in the league. They hope to see Khris Middleton and Nikola Mirotic emerge from some recent struggles.