Khris Middleton still hasn’t looked right for the Milwaukee Bucks. The three-time All-Star has failed to make a significant impact on the three games he’s played thus far, and this is mostly because of the fact that he’s been on a strict minutes limit.
Middleton played 16 minutes in the season-opener against the Philadelphia 76ers followed by a night off against the Atlanta Hawks in Milwaukee’s second game of the season. He then followed it up with 17 minutes of action in his team’s next two games.
Milwaukee Bucks Will Still Limit Khris Middleton’s Playing Time
At this point, it doesn’t seem like the Bucks have any intention of deviating from their plan with regard to Middleton’s road to recovery. Team insider Eric Nehm of The Athletic reports that the 32-year-old is “still expected to be on a minutes limit,” at least for Friday’s game against the New York Knicks.
Bucks head coach Adrian Griffin was also asked if Middleton’s playing time is going to be increased in the coming games, to which the first-year shot-caller dropped a cryptic response:
“He’s still being evaluated but we do anticipate – I don’t know at what time that we’re going to do it – but we definitely anticipate increasing his minutes and hopefully soon,” Griffin said, via Jim Owczarski of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
That’s not very encouraging. There’s a lot of uncertainty in Griffin’s statement and just not enough facts.
While the Bucks coach did say that the team expects to increase Middleton’s workload “soon,” the fact that he was unable to provide a clear timeline seems to point to the notion that it’s still going to take some time before the former Texas A&M standout is able to play a full game without restrictions.
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