Lost in the slugfest between the Los Angeles Lakers and Milwaukee Bucks on Friday night was a terrifying moment when the knee of Giannis Antetokounmpo got tangled under his body in an awkward fall.
The Bucks' superstar went down in a heap, but to the delight of every NBA fan in the world, he popped back up after approximately a minute or two of clutching his knee. Though Antetokounmpo was able to finish the game, Milwaukee has rightfully opted for precaution.
ESPN insider Adrian Wojnarowski reported on Saturday that Giannis will undergo an MRI on his left knee.
This is the absolute last thing we want to hear, Woj!
If this injury is serious, it would haver severe ramifications on the NBA. So many compelling narratives would be spoiled. The first that comes to mind is the Bucks' quest to win the East. With all due respect, Milwaukee would stand no chance without the Greek Freak. Further, the league would be deprived of a Bucks-Lakers Finals. After Friday's thriller between the NBA heavyweights, it's a showdown we are all clamoring for.
Finally, the MVP race would be over. Heading into last night, most analysts would argue that Giannis was the favorite to win the award for the second consecutive season. However, LeBron's spectacular performance (37 points, 8 rebounds, 8 assists) has made it a neck-and-neck race that will likely go down to the final day of the regular season.
So many star players -- Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Kyrie Irving, Kevin Durant, Ben Simmons, and Joel Embiid, to name a few -- have missed significant time due to injury this season, and the league cannot afford arguably its best player to go down on the cusp of the playoffs.
Watching Antetokounmpo's awkward fall is truly mortifying.
Please be fine, Giannis!