NBA Finals: Bucks' Thanasis Antetokounmpo enters health and safety protocols before Game 5

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A player, a coach and a referee will all miss Game 5 of the NBA Finals due to COVID-19 concerns.

Thanasis Antetokounmpo, Giannis' brother, has been ruled out for the game after entering health and safety protocols, according to the NBA injury report. Antetokounmpo is the only player on the report listed under the protocols, with Donte DiVincenzo and Sam Merrill also out with pre-existing ankle injuries.

The eldest Antetokounmpo brother had been seeing occasional minutes for the Bucks in the playoffs, appearing in 13 out of 21 games and averaging 3.5 minutes per game. His biggest appearance was 10 minutes in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals.

While that isn't a huge loss for the Bucks, the development is probably concerning for the Bucks because of the likelihood that Antetokounmpo has been spending time with his brother, the current NBA Finals MVP favorite.

Bucks head coach Mike Budenholzer later told reporters that his team would not have its full coaching staff during the game. ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski and Malika Andrews reported that the missing member is assistant coach Josh Oppenheimer.

NBA official Sean Wright has also been pulled from his role as umpire for Game 5 due to health and safety protocols.

The Bucks won Game 5, 123-119, to take a 3-2 series lead. Game 6 is 9 p.m. ET Tuesday on ABC.

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