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06-2022

COVID-19 pandemic still a concern as Milwaukee Bucks enter NBA playoffs

Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo watches from the bench in a game against Charlotte.

Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo watches from the bench in a game against Charlotte.

As the Milwaukee Bucks made their way to the NBA championship last year in a condensed season that began without fans in arenas and ended with a player and coaches in health and safety protocols during the NBA Finals, head coach Mike Budenholzer would often say that there was nothing “normal” about the situation the team found itself in.

After a split season that ended in a “bubble” environment in 2020, getting comfortable with the uncomfortable was not just a catch phrase, it was reality.

This season, the NBA has scheduled an 82-game season. The march towards normalcy was on.

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The player-vaccination situation was a central story in the league for most of the season. The Omicron version of the COVID-19 virus swept through the league over the winter, ravaging team rosters when at least 600 players were on court in the NBA. Its previous record was 540.

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