LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla – Giannis Antetokounmpo has been suspended for Milwaukee’s last regular-season game, given a one-game penalty on Wednesday for Washington Moe Wagner’s masterpiece.
It is unknown if Antetokounmpo would have played in Thursday’s game against Memphis, however, given that the Bucks have already secured the number one spot in the NBA playoffs starting next week.
Antetokounmpo will be eligible for Game 1 of the first round of the Bucks vs. Orlando, which will almost certainly be played Monday or Tuesday at Disney’s ESPN Wide World sports complex in Orlando, Florida.
The incident happened Tuesday night when Wagner received an indictment against Antetokounmpo in the second quarter. Antetokounmpo seemed to be speaking angrily, followed Wagner to the other end of the court and the header took place a few seconds later.
Antetokounmpo said after the game that the header was a “terrible move”; and that if he “could come back, go back in time and go back to that game, I would not do it”.
He said he was irritated by a flurry of contacts, on a night when he had already received 12 free kicks in the first 10 minutes of the game.
Antetokounmpo was sent off for the flagrant foul 2. He finished the regular season averaging 29.5 points, 13.6 rebounds and 5.6 assists, numbers that are likely to be good enough to earn him a second consecutive NBA MVP award. .
The release Tuesday was Antetokounmpo’s fourth overall, according to ESPN Stats & Information, and the first since April 1, 2018, in Nigget Denver.
A one-game suspension will cost Antetokounmpo $ 178,225, according to ESPN’s Bobby Marks.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.