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Giannis, Budenholzer, others out of Bucks v. Raptors game: Reports

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Posted at 12:19 PM, Jan 05, 2022
and last updated 2022-01-05 14:15:14-05

MILWAUKEE — Milwaukee Bucks Coach Mike Budenholzer will miss Wednesday night's game against the Toronto Raptors after he entered COVID-19 protocols, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. Giannis Antetokounmpo will also miss the game due to an illness that is not COVID, the Bucks' sideline reporter said.

Wojnarowski tweeted Top Assistant Coach Darvin Ham will serve as the acting head coach, citing sources. "Ham is considered one of the league's next wave of head coaches," said Wojnarowski.

The Bucks have not confirmed the news regarding Budenholzer.

Bucks sideline reporter Zora Stephenson also tweeted that a number of Bucks players, including Giannis, are out of the game:

The 25-14 Bucks are set to play the 17-17 Raptors at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Fiserv Forum.

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Milwaukee Bucks assistant coach Darvin Ham hands the ball to Washington Wizards' Bradley Beal during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, May 5, 2021, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Aaron Gash)

On Tuesday, new additions to the Milwaukee Bucks injury report include Pat Connaughton and Grayson Allen, according to reports.

Connaughton and Allen have both entered COVID-19 protocols and will miss Wednesday’s game against the Toronto Raptors.

Both played in Monday night’s loss to the Detroit Pistons.

They join Thanasis Antetokounmpo, Jordan Nwora, and Semi Ojeleye who are all out due to COVID-19 protocols.

Donte DiVincenzo, who has been out for a left ankle sprain, and Brook Lopez, who has been out due to back surgery, are also still not returning Wednesday.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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