Giannis Antetokounmpo’s knee injury more proof that this season was never normal

Giannis Antetokounmpo is helped off the court after hyperextending his knee during Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals at State Farm Arena in Atlanta on June 29, 2021. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

If the NBA has a bionic man, Giannis Antetokounmpo was the picture of it.

Limber, muscular, indestructible.

He was supposed to be the one constant in a season full of bad luck and instability, a symbol of the new era coming in while being established enough to be with the old guard, too.

It looked like he would single-handedly shake the Milwaukee Bucks from their lethargy, taking over the third quarter against an energized and Trae Young-less Atlanta Hawks squad.

But in one swoop, he fell in a heap after contesting a Clint Capela dunk, apparently hyperextending his left knee, if not worse — proving hardly anyone will emerge from this postseason unscathed.

“That’s every year, every year. You’re hoping all your guys stay healthy,” Bucks forward Khris Middleton said. “We don’t know about Giannis [yet]. But I mean, you know it’s part of the game, a lot of it is being healthy, some of it is luck.”