Antetokounmpo back in Bucks' lineup for his 27th birthday

Milwaukee Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) drives to the basket against Oklahoma City Thunder's Mike Muscala during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Nov. 19, 2021, in Milwaukee. (Aaron Gash/AP)

MILWAUKEE -- Giannis Antetokounmpo is celebrating his 27th birthday by returning to the Milwaukee Bucks' lineup after a two-game absence.

The two-time MVP is listed among the Bucks' five starters for their game Monday night with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Antetokounmpo had been listed as questionable due to a sore right calf that knocked him out for the previous two games.

``We'll see how he feels when he warms up and determine it,'' Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer said Monday before the lineups were released.

The Bucks split the two games Antetokounmpo missed last week.

In their first game without him, the Bucks lost 97-93 at Toronto on Thursday to snap an eight-game winning streak. They rebounded at home two nights later by rolling to a 124-102 victory over Miami.

Antetokounmpo is scoring 27.6 points per game this season ranking second in the NBA, behind Brooklyn's Kevin Durant. He's also averaging 11.8 rebounds and 6 assists.

Denver's Nikola Jokic is the only other NBA player averaging at least 25 points, 10 rebounds and five assists this season.

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