Giannis Antetokounmpo, (calf pain), goes down against Heat

Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo will miss Saturday’s game against the Miami Heat with pain in his right calf, coach Mike Budenholzer announced before the game.

It is the second game in a row Antetokounmpo has been sidelined due to injury, which kept him out of the second half of a back-to-back Thursday in Toronto. Budenholzer said at the time that he was hopeful this was only a short-term problem.

“We will take it day by day,” Budenholzer said Saturday. “See how it goes”

The Bucks’ roster has been hampered by injuries and illnesses since the beginning of the season, but they had won eight of their last nine games entering Saturday to return to the mix at the top of the LA playoff picture. Eastern Conference.

In 21 games this season, Antetokounmpo is averaging 27.6 points and 11.8 rebounds while collecting 6.0 assists and 1.7 blocks, the highest of his career.