Giannis and Lillard hope to play in Game 6 of the Bucks vs. Pacers series

MILWAUKEE — After the Milwaukee Bucks' Game 5 victory over the Indiana Pacers, head coach Doc Rivers told reporters he believes Giannis Antetokounmpo and Damian Lillard are “very, very, very close” to returning.

ESPN NBA Insiders Adrian Wojnarowski He added fuel to the fire Thursday morning when he reported that both Bucks stars will try to play in Milwaukee's win or go home Game 6 against the Pacers in Indianapolis.

Antetokounmpo has been out since April 9, when he injured his left soleus in a win over the Boston Celtics. During his rehabilitation, the Bucks have revealed limited information about his status, as the two-time MVP was listed as doubtful before each game, from which he was subsequently ruled out.

After Giannis' injury, Dr. Samuel Steiner – an orthopedic sports surgeon with Orthopedic Associates of Wisconsin (OAW) – told WTMJ that the average recovery time from a soleus strain is two to six weeks.

READ MORE: Giannis Antetokounmpo has an injured left soleus – what does that mean?

Lillard suffered a strained Achilles tendon in the Bucks' overtime loss at Indiana and did not participate in games four and five of the series. However, Lillard was spotted lashing out before Game 5 in Milwaukee as part of his regular pregame routine – even after he was ejected from the game.

In the official NBA injury reports filed at 11:30 a.m. CST, Lillard was upgraded to Questionable. Antetokounmpo remains doubtful, while Khris Middleton and Patrick Beverley likely remain.

This is a developing news story. An update and/or follow-up may occur as further details become known.


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