No, Giannis Antetokounmpo was not tired in the fourth quarter, he was hurt.
Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer told reporters after the game the forward tweaked his ankle on a defensive possession and did not come out in the final minutes of the game to get a breather.
Bucks’ Mike Budenholzer on why he pulled Giannis Antetokounmpo late in fourth quarter of Game 5 loss to Raptors: “He twisted his ankle in the backcourt. He just looked like he was in a lot of pain and couldn’t move.” pic.twitter.com/lDQe0pFcLH
— Ben Golliver (@BenGolliver) May 24, 2019
It appeared Antetokounmpo hurt himself when trying to defend Kawhi Leonard off of a rebound in the closing minutes.
He left the court soon after the play and came back in after a possession and a foul on one of his teammates.
There was speculation on the broadcast that Antetokounmpo was taking a breather, but Budenholzer said that was not the case.
“He twisted his ankle in the backcourt,” Budenholzer said.
He continued: “And he just looked like he was in a lot of pain and couldn’t move and we had an offensive possession, just maybe get somebody out there that can move, make a shot and I think (the pain) kind of wore off or the adrenaline wore off and he was able to go back in.”
The Bucks trail in the series 3-2 going into Game 6 on Saturday in Toronto.
Antetokounmpo had 24 points, six rebounds and six assists in the loss.