An­te­tok­oun­mpo to miss first NBA game of sea­son

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Reign­ing NBA Most Valu­able Play­er­gian­nisan­te­tok­oun­mpo will miss his first game of the sea­son, sit­ting out the Mil­wau­kee Bucks’ Wed­nes­day clash with New Or­leans with a sore right quadri­ceps ten­don.

The East­ern Con­fer­ence-lead­ing

Bucks, rid­ing a 15-game win­ning streak into the home game against the Pel­i­cans, an­nounced the move on Wed­nes­day morn­ing.

An­te­tok­oun­mpo played 35 min­utes in the Bucks’ 110-101 vic­tory over the Or­lando Magic on Mon­day.

That was over his av­er­age per game of 31.6 min­utes -- in which he has scored an av­er­age 30.9 points per game with 13.2 re­bounds and 5.5 as­sists -- bet­ter num­bers than his MVP cam­paign last sea­son.

His ab­sence on Wed­nes­day is an­other blow for a matchup that looked to be a high­light fix­ture when the NBA sched­ule was an­nounced in Au­gust -- a clash be­tween An­te­tok­oun­mpo and num­ber one over­all draft pick Zion Wil­liamson.

Wil­liamson, how­ever, has yet to start his rookie cam­paign af­ter hav­ing right knee surgery prior to the sea­son.

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