The Milwaukee Bucks suffered a blow in Game 4 as their top star Giannis Antetokounmpo suffered a hyperextended left knee. In the third quarter of Game 4, Antetokounmpo jumped to contest an alley-oop from John Collins to Clint Capela.
"It just looked like their legs got tangled up," Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer said after the game. "They both landed awkwardly. That's what I saw live. I haven't seen anything else." Antetokounmpo finished the game with 14 points and eight rebounds.
"I just hope it's not serious," Khris Middleton said after the game. The Hawks were without their top star Trae Young but still claimed a dominant 110-88 win over the Bucks. "We just thought we were going to walk in and win the game," P.J.
Tucker said. "We didn't do anything to show that we wanted to win this game tonight. We were flat, and our guy's injury was just another piece of the puzzle to us losing."
Middleton hopes Antetokounmpo plays Game 5
"We'll see what happens with Giannis," Middleton said.
"It would be great if he plays, but if not, we still have a capable team of going out there and winning." Hawks guard Kevin Huerter had an all-around performance as he scored 15 points, grabbed six rebounds and dished out seven assists.
"Yeah, in a lot of [ways] ... 2-2 is a lot different than 3-1," Hawks guard Huerter said when asked if momentum had shifted after Atlanta's victory here at State Farm Arena. "We know we're guaranteed again to be playing at home in front of our own crowd, and yeah, definitely, 2-2 is a similar position we were in last series.
"[It's] a long way to go, but it's a lot better than being down 3-1." The Hawks delivered a great team performance in Game 4. "I mean, it starts off, you start the game and everyone touches the ball," Huerter said.
"The ball moves side to side. You want everybody to find a rhythm. We don't need people in transition, pulling up from the logo and offensively going one-on-one the way Trae can. It's really not anybody [else's] game on this team.
So, we didn't need people to play like that. "That message was well-received. Like I said, you start the game off and all five guys score before they have to call a timeout. That really set the tone for the rest of the game, and it wasn't something that we got away from."