LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) – Giannis Antetokounmpo was suspended for the final match of the regular season against Milwaukee, having been fined one game on Wednesday for Washington’s Moe Wagner header.
It is not yet known whether Antetokounmpo will play in Thursday’s match against Memphis, as the Bucks have secured the overall No. 1 seed in the NBA knockout rounds that begin next week.
Antetokounmpo will be eligible for Game 1 of the Bucks’ first series of games against Orlando, which is almost certain to be played on Monday or Tuesday at Walt Disney World.
The incident happened on Tuesday night, when Wagner played Antetokounmpo in the second half. Antetokounmpo seemed to be speaking angrily, following Wagner to the other end of the line and the headbut took place seconds later.
Antetokounmpo said after the game that the header was a “terrible act”; and that if he “could go back and back time and back to that level, I wouldn’t do it”. He said he felt frustrated by so many exposures, on one night he was awarded 12 free throws in his first 10 minutes.
Antetokounmpo was sent off for a Flagrant-2 foul. He finished the regular season with an average of 29.5 points, 13.6 rebounds and 5.6 assists, numbers that are likely good enough to help him win his second consecutive NBA MVP title. .
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