Giannis Antetokounmpo Jan 27, 2023; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) in the second quarter against the Indiana Pacers at Gainbridge Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

The Milwaukee Bucks are down 2-1 in their first-round matchup against the Miami Heat. However, a massive update regarding star forward Giannis Antetokounmpo could go a long way in swinging this series in their favor.

Antetokounmpo has missed each of the series’ last two games after suffering a back injury. Game 4 is undoubtedly a crucial game for the Bucks, and it appears he will be suiting up for the matchup.

According to TNT’s Chris Haynes, Antetokounmpo has officially been cleared to return for Monday’s Game 4 matchup against the Heat.

Their social media team later confirmed he was in the starting lineup for the Bucks.

It is huge news, and the NBA world is hugely excited to see him back on the floor.

Antetokounmpo’s impact on the Bucks’ chances in both this game and this series certainly can not be understated. He averaged 31.1 points in the regular season this year, with 11.8 rebounds and 5.7 assists.

This series has gotten much closer regarding the odds of who will win the series. Milwaukee opened as -1250 favorites on FanDuel Sportsbook to win the series. They now sit as just -330 favorites to advance to the second round.

While the Heat deserves plenty of credit for making this series competitive, Antetokounmpo’s absence has also clearly been a huge factor early on.

Bucks fans undoubtedly hope that his return on Monday night will be exactly what they need to potentially even this series up and eventually advance to the second round.

[Chris Haynes on Twitter]

About Reice Shipley

Reice Shipley is a staff writer for Comeback Media that graduated from Ithaca College with a degree in Sports Media. He previously worked at Barrett Sports Media and is a fan of all things Syracuse sports.