Giannis Injured as Hawks Win Without Trae
Atlanta Hawks center Clint Capela, top, and Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo fall to the court during the third quarter in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals in the NBA basketball playoffs

The Atlanta Hawks have levelled the Eastern Conference Finals series against the Milwaukee Bucks despite Trae Young’s absence with a 110-88 win on Tuesday.

Giannis Antetokounmpo was injured in the third quarter in a major worry for the Bucks moving forward, although Atlanta were already on top in Game 4.

Young was ruled out of Game 4 with a bone bruise in his foot sustained after tripping on the referee late in Game 3.

But the Hawks shook off that setback with a strong performance, racing to a 13-point half-time advantage, before pulling clear with a 26-24 third quarter as Antetokounmpo went down.

Milwaukee confirmed Antetokounmpo would not return in Game 4 due to a left knee hyperextension. The Bucks will be sweating on the Greek forward’s availability moving forward.

The injuries kept coming with Clint Capela elbowed in the eye in the fourth quarter, before undergoing examination. The Hawks will provide an update on Wednesday.

Lou Williams top scored for Atlanta with 21 points, eight assists and five rebounds, while Bogdan Bogdanovic hit six three-pointers, finishing with 20 points.

Capela and Kevin Huerter both contributed 15 points, while John Collins was strong defensively again.

For the Bucks, Jrue holiday managed 19 points, five rebounds and nine assists, while Khris Middleton’s radar was off, posting 16 points but only making six-from-17 from the field, including none-from-six beyond the arc.

Milwaukee shot eight-from-39 from three-point range, compared to the Hawks who shot down 13-from-38.

Ben somerford
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