Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo sits vs. Cavs with bruised shoulder

Milwaukee Bucks superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo sat out Wednesday night’s 135-95 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers with a bruised right shoulder.

Antetokounmpo, who is averaging 31.2 points and 11.4 rebounds this season, was not on the official injury report until two hours before tipoff against the Cavs, who now have won six straight.

The seven-time All-Star was also on the injury report before Sunday’s game against the Sacramento Kings, but he played and scored 27 points in Milwaukee’s 143-142 overtime win.

Antetokounmpo, 29, had played in 29 consecutive games, his longest streak since playing 31 straight in the 2020-21 season. He is not expected to be out for an extended period.

Although Antetokounmpo was out, the Bucks got back forward Jae Crowder, who had been out since Nov. 11 with a torn adductor muscle. Crowder had 15 points, 1 rebound and 1 steal in 19 minutes in his return.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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