Khris Middleton has had a slow start to the new season for the Milwaukee Bucks. The three-time All-Star has already missed one game out of the three contests the Bucks have played in so far, with Middleton being forced to sit out Milwaukee’s blowout loss against the Atlanta Hawks on Sunday.
The Hawks game was the first night of a back-to-back set (he played on Monday against the Miami Heat), which explains why Middleton was rested as he continues to recover from offseason knee surgery.
Khris Middleton Has Played Limited Minutes for Milwaukee Bucks
It comes as no surprise that Middleton has been on a strict minutes limit to start the season. He played 16 minutes in the season opener against the Philadelphia 76ers, followed by a 17-minute cameo against the Heat on Sunday.
On both occasions, Middleton was seen sitting on the bench throughout the fourth quarter.
It’s not that the Bucks don’t need him in crunch time, though. In fact, the 32-year-old is expected to play a major role for Milwaukee this year alongside Giannis Antetokounmpo and Damian Lillard. It’s just a matter of the medical team taking a very cautious approach on his road to recovery.
Be that as it may, Middleton might just have a conversation with the coaching staff if this trend continues:
“It could be,” he said when asked if his lack of playing time in the fourth quarter is something he will be discussing with the coaching staff (h/t Jim Owczarski of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel). “I just listen to the game plan, listen to when they tell me I’m coming in or coming out. But, you never know. We’ll see down the road.”
For what it’s worth, the Bucks are 2-0 in the two games Middleton was available. He’s also a plus-28 in his limited time on the floor. It is clear that Khris Middleton remains to be an important part of Milwaukee’s success.
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