A star-studded matchup between the Milwaukee Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Toronto Raptors' Kawhi Leonard won't be happening Monday. It's the first time the team has started 7-0 since the 1971-72 post-championship season. The win sets up a Monday night showdown in Milwaukee with the Toronto Raptors, the league's only other unbeaten team.
It was a unusual matchup for the Bucks as not only were they playing without their leading scorer and rebounder, Giannis Antetokounmpo who was sitting out while going through the concussion protocol, but they were playing the only other 6-0 team in the National Basketball Association, the Toronto Raptors, who were also without their leading scorer, Kawhi Leonard.
"I just got hit in the head", Antetokounmpo recounted after the 113-91 win, according to the Associated Press. The team points to neurological testing that "created significant doubt that it was a concussion". "I tried to block the shot. We did some [concussion] tests in the second quarter and some additional tests in the third quarter".
After the game against Orlando, Antetokounmpo said that he felt "fine", although he admitted that he didn't remember much of the incident.
"We just wanted to be extra cautious, make sure everything was OK and give him an extra look", Budenholzer said.
Gordon was impressed with Antetokounmpo's resiliency after taking the unintentional blow to the head. "It was hard. Props to him for coming back into the game".