NBA Injury News & Starting Lineups (July 6): Giannis Antetokounmpo Cleared to Play in Game 1 of the NBA Finals
Gary Dineen/NBAE via Getty Images. Pictured: Giannis Antetokounmpo #34 of the Milwaukee Bucks.
Below are the projected starting lineups for each team playing on Tuesday’s NBA slate, along with notable injury news for each squad. For real-time updates to these lineups, check out our Action Labs NBA lineups page.
NBA Injury News
8:30 p.m. ET Update: Giannis Antetokounmpo has been cleared to play in Game 1 of the NBA Finals and will start after missing two games with a hyperextended knee. There’s been no word if he’ll have any sort of hard minutes limit or general restrictions
2:30 PM ET Update: Antetokounmpo is listed as questionable in the Bucks’ latest injury report in advance of Game 1 on Tuesday. The team previously listed him doubtful, as Antetokounmpo continues to recover from a left knee hyperextension.
He’s missed the past two contests with the knee injury and in his absence, Bobby Portis has entered the starting lineup and has averaged 17.0 points and 8.5 rebounds in 34.0 minutes per game
Giannis Antetokounmpo is officially listed doubtful in advance of Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Tuesday as he continues to nurse his hyperextended knee.
Antetokounmpo was seen on the floor during the Bucks practice on Monday and head coach Mike Budenholzer said he was making progress but had no update on his when the two-time MVP might return.
He’s missed the past two games with the knee injury and in his absence, Bobby Portis has entered the starting lineup averaging 17.0 points and 8.5 rebounds in 34.0 minutes per game.
Cameron Johnson, who missed Game 6 of the Western Conference Finals due to an illness is expected to be available for Game 1, according to Phoenix Suns head coach Monty Williams.
Be sure to check the Action Labs NBA page for real-time updates.
Projected Starting Lineups
Milwaukee Bucks vs. Phoenix Suns (9 p.m. ET)
Bucks Projected Lineup
PG – Jrue Holiday
SG – Khris Middleton
SF – Giannis Antetokounmpo
PF – PJ Tucker
C – Brook Lopez
Injury news: Giannis Antetokounmpo (Knee) is active
Suns Projected Lineup
PG – Chris Paul
SG – Devin Booker
SF – Mikal Bridges
PF – Jae Crowder
C – Deandre Ayton
Injury news: Cameron Johnson (illness) is expected to be available