Giannis Antetokounmpo is on the Milwaukee Bucks’ active list for tonight’s game against the Miami Heat and will start, a welcome sight as they look to rebound from a 107-102 loss Wednesday night in Cleveland.
The Bucks also are getting back forward Sterling Brown and guard George Hill after only having nine players available Wednesday. Brown missed the last 10 games with a wrist injury, and Hill missed Wednesday with a sore groin. Hill had missed nine games with the groin but had played the three games before Wednesday.
Antetokounmpo sprained his right ankle in the third quarter of Sunday’s 130-125 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers. He finished the game strongly, but the Bucks chose to be extra cautious and kept him out of Tuesday’s victory over the Los Angeles Lakers and Wednesday’s loss in Cleveland.
The Bucks have lost guard Malcolm Brogdon (plantar fascia) and forward Nikola Mirotic (thumb) over the past week. Brogdon is projected to be out at least four weeks and maybe as many as eight. Mirotic is expected to miss 2-4 weeks.
Also missing tonight’s game will be guard Donte DiVincenzo and center Pau Gasol, who was acquired nearly two weeks ago. Gasol is nursing some ankle soreness. DiVincenzo continues to be bothered by bursitis in his heel.
The Heat may still be smarting from its last meeting with the Bucks a week ago. The Bucks turned a 20-point halftime deficit into a 113-98 victory, the first time in NBA history a team won by at least 15 after rrailing by 20 at the half.
Miami will be without swingman Justise Winslow because of a thigh injury. Winslow scored 20 points in the first half last Friday but did not score in the second half.
The Heat is in the eighth spot in the Eastern Conference playoff seedings and would meet the Bucks in the first round should the two teams hold their current positions.