Khris Middleton proved on Tuesday night why he remains to be one of the most important players on the Milwaukee Bucks roster. The 32-year-old put up some clutch heroics as he helped the Bucks pull away from the Miami Heat, en route to a 131-124 victory.
As it turns out, however, Middleton himself wasn’t at all pleased with his all-around performance.
Milwaukee Bucks Star Khris Middleton Was ‘Pissed’ at Himself
Apparently, Middleton did not like the way he was playing on the defensive end against a Heat side that did not have Jimmy Butler and Tyler Herro available due to injury. In fact, Middleton considered himself a liability on defense:
“I was kind of pissed at myself, mostly on the defensive side. I feel like I was letting my team down in a lot of different ways. So I just changed my mindset to be aggressive on both sides. After I was getting killed and torched (on defense) and that’s the mindset I have to have. That’s the mindset my teammates need to have me have, so it wasn’t just aggressive trying to score, it was aggressive playing the game as hard as I can and playing it the right way.”
Middleton knew that he had to make up for his deficiencies on the defensive end, and the best way for him to do that was to make up for it on the opposite side of the floor. And so that’s exactly what he did.
Middleton finished with 17 points on 7-of-13 from the field, to go along with eight rebounds, two assists, and zero turnovers in 23 minutes of action. More importantly, he came up big down the stretch with clutch play after clutch play.
Giannis Antetokounmpo and Damian Lillard are the superstars of this team, no doubt. However, it would be a travesty to sleep on Khris Middleton.
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