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Merry Christ-Bucks! Giannis Antetokounmpo would play vs. Celtics

Good news for the Milwaukee Bucks. Giannis Antetokounmpo has cleared the NBA's health and safety protocols and may play against Boston Celtics on Christmas Day.

Antetokounmpo is not listed on the Bucks' injury report for Saturday's game, just in time for the December 25 game, according to ESPN sources.

However, that doesn't guarantee the two-time MVP will be be back on the court for the holiday matchup against Celtics after spending time in the NBA's COVID-19 health and safety protocols.

The Greek Freak planned to get on the Fiserv Forum court this Friday for a workout, but he will make a decision on Saturday's game prior to the 2:30 p.m. ET, the same sources said.

Giannis has not played since December 14

Giannis hasn't been physically active since December 14, which is a huge handicap for the power forward to solve in a 24-hour window.

Antetokounmpo, who has missed the Bucks' last five games, and prior to his leave of absence, has been out of the game. he ranks fourth in the NBA in scoring (27.0) and sixth in rebounding (11.6) this season.

Milwaukee has gone 3-2 over the five-game stretch without Antetokounmpo.

Portis and DiVincenzo, out of COVID list too

The Bucks' injury report also doesn't include forward Bobby Portis, and lists guard Donte DiVincenzo as questionable due to the health and safety protocols.

Portis hasn't played since December 15 due to the protocols. DiVincenzo hasn't played since tearing a ligament in his left ankle in a first-round playoff series with Miami last season, but he was expected to make his season debut just before the protocols made him unavailable last week.

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