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NBA MVP Antetokounmpo to miss his first game of season

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Agence France-Presse

Reigning NBA Most Valuable Player Giannis Antetokounmpo 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.

Without him the Pelicans are next to last in the Western Conference.