Giannis Antetokounmpo exceeds protocols;  I would play at Christmas

Giannis Antetokounmpo, a two-time MVP for the Milwaukee Bucks, has approved the NBA’s health and safety protocols and could play the Boston Celtics on Christmas Day, sources told ESPN.

Antetokounmpo, the current NBA Finals MVP, planned to enter the court on Friday to train. He will make a decision on Saturday’s game before 2:30 p.m. ET begins on ABC, sources told ESPN.

On protocols and unable to exercise since Dec. 14, Antetokounmpo has significant basketball inactivity to overcome in a 24-hour window.

Antetokounmpo, who is averaging 27.0 points, 11.6 rebounds and 5.8 assists per game this season, has missed the Bucks’ last five games.