With Antetokounmpo in the locker room getting treated for a cut lip from an Aaron Gordon elbow to start the second half, Milwaukee still extended its lead to 18 points, 75-57, on a pair of Bledsoe free throws in the third quarter.
While Giannis did pass he in-game neurological testing that allowed him to return, concussions are not linear and can pop up while after the inciting incident. On Monday, Antetokounmpo reported new symptoms and a lingering headache. "Got that reason, he was placed into the concussion protocol and will miss tonight's game vs. Toronto".
As ESPN's Malika Andrews noted via Elias Sports, tonight is "the first time in National Basketball Association history that two teams enter with a record of 6-0 or better". Leonard resting seems to be a maintenance day more than anything, but Antetokounmpo missing Monday's game seems to be a bit more serious, as the Greek Freak was put in the league's concussion protocol on Monday. Wright is hoping to play and will likely be a game-time decision. "To me, their offence is one thing, but they were a top ten offence team previous year", Clifford said.
Whichever side you fall on the "rest" discussion and its benefits, teams pay medical staffs and fitness consultants a lot of money for guidance and, with so much at stake, teams tend to err on the side of caution.
After the game against Orlando, Antetokounmpo said that he felt "fine", although he admitted that he didn't remember much of the incident. I have to be careful with that.
He scored 15 points on 6-of-8 shooting with five rebounds in 16 minutes of first-half action then added six more late in the game before Budenholzer cleared Milwaukee's bench for a second straight game. He is averaging 25.0 points and 14.2 rebounds.