For the second game in a row, Khris Middleton played 21 minutes of the Milwaukee Bucks as they took down the Brooklyn Nets at the Barclays Center on Monday night, 129-125. It was also the second consecutive contest that Middleton closed out the game for Milwaukee, which just speaks volumes of how he’s finally getting back to full strength following offseason knee surgery.
Milwaukee Bucks Star Giannis Antetokounmpo Comments on Khris Middleton
Giannis Antetokounmpo was without a doubt the star of the show for the Bucks on Monday night. The former back-to-back MVP dominated the Nets on both ends of the floor, proving to the entire basketball world that he is still the man in Milwaukee.
Giannis, however, was clearly pleased with what he saw from Middleton. The three-time All-Star scored a season-high 15 points against the Nets in what was his best game of the season thus far.
“He’s getting more comfortable, more comfortable,” Giannis said. “We’re going to need him to be aggressive. We’re going to need him to be Khris. Tonight was an example of his greatness.”
"I just wanted to enjoy the game, be in the moment and just be aggressive."
— Bally Sports Wisconsin (@BallySportWI) November 7, 2023
Damian Lillard’s arrival has forced Middleton to take a step back in terms of his role for the Bucks. After being the Robin to Antetokounmpo’s Batman for many years, Middleton has now been relegated to a third option on offense.
He doesn’t seem to mind, though. So long as the Bucks rack up the wins, Middleton is willing to do whatever is needed for his team.
As Giannis reiterated, however, the Bucks need Middleton to be at his very best this season.
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