Khris Middleton has been a notable absence in the Milwaukee Bucks’ first four preseason games. As such, we have yet to see the team’s new Big 3 take the floor together. Giannis Antetokounmpo and Damian Lillard have already played in the same game twice, but Middleton has not been able to join them on the court due to a lingering knee injury.
It appears that this will all change on Friday against the Memphis Grizzlies.
Khris Middleton Set to Make Preseason Debut for Milwaukee Bucks
According to team reporter Dave Koehn, Middleton himself revealed that he intends to suit up on Friday in what will be the Bucks’ final preseason game:
“Amongst all the other news, Khris Middleton tells reporters that he expects to play tomorrow in the Bucks’ final preseason game,” Koehn wrote.
This is a massive development for Milwaukee, who will now get to see their star swingman take the floor for the first time in the preseason. Middleton has been recovering since undergoing surgery on his injured knee earlier this summer, and the Bucks have been taking a very cautious approach in terms of easing him back. The fact that he’s finally been given the green light to play is a major step on the 32-year-old’s road to recovery.
Bucks head coach Adrian Griffin stated on Wednesday that the plan was to have Middleton play at least one preseason game. True enough, the three-time All-Star will indeed be able to suit up for one game before the regular season starts next week.
At this point, however, it remains unclear how many minutes Middleton will be allowed to play. Considering this will be his first game back, anywhere near 20 minutes would probably be a good guess.
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