There was a good chance Giannis Antetokounmpo would not have played in the Milwaukee Bucks' final seeding game before the playoffs. Now we know he definitely won't suit up Thursday.
Antetokounmpo was suspended one game by the NBA for headbutting Washington Wizards forward Moe Wagner in the face Tuesday night. The reigning league MVP will not play Thursday when the Bucks face the Memphis Grizzlies.
Antetokounmpo was ejected early in the second quarter Tuesday. Wagner knocked Antetokounmpo over for a rebound on the Wizards' end of the floor, then drew a charge on Antetokounmpo at the other end. Play stopped after the charge call. The pair briefly exchanged words before the Bucks star headbutted Wagner in the side of the face.
Giannis gets ejected from tonight’s game. pic.twitter.com/POg9CZnhgo
Antetokounmpo was assessed a flagrant foul 2, which comes with an automatic ejection.
After the game, Antetokounmpo appeared apologetic and said he didn't have anything against Wagner. He said he let his frustration boil over and "just lost it for a second."
"Terrible action," Antetokounmpo said. "If I could go back and turn back time and go back to that play I wouldn't do it. But at the end of the day, we’re all human, we all make mistakes."
This frustration has been building said @Giannis_An34 and he didn’t really have all that anger for Wagner. pic.twitter.com/SQvuQJTmUe
Though he is now officially suspended for Thursday's game, Antetokounmpo might not have played against the Grizzlies anyway. Milwaukee clinched the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference last week, and coach Mike Budenholzer has rested his star before in meaningless games.
The Bucks will open the playoffs next week against the Orlando Magic.
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