For the third straight game, Khris Middleton logged over 30 minutes of action again on Wednesday night. It turned out to be quite an outing for the Milwaukee Bucks star as he helped lead his team to a lopsided 144-122 victory against the Brooklyn Nets at the Barclays Center.
Middleton played 32 minutes on Wednesday, thereby resulting in his season high in points (27) and assists (10) in what could very well be his best performance of the season thus far.
Milwaukee Bucks Star Khris Middleton Speaks Out on Minutes Cap
It’s been a rough road for Middleton to get to where he is now, though. The 32-year-old underwent surgery in the summer to address a lingering injury in his right knee, which required a hard cap on his minutes to start the season.
According to Middleton, it’s tough to get any momentum going with these limitations in place:
“When you play 16 minutes, you probably play four-minute stretches,” he said prior to Wednesday’s masterful performance. “As soon as you feel loose, as soon as you feel like you’re in the fold of the game, you get taken out. Have to sit down for 20 minutes to try to do it again.
“Playing 25-plus minutes, 30 minutes, however many more, you’re able to be out there for longer stretches, so you’re able to see the game, feel the game out, and figure out where you can attack it from.”
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That’s exactly what happened on Wendesday night as head coach Adrian Griffin let Middleton loose against the Nets. The 6-foot-7 forward finished with 27 points on 11-of-18 from the floor, to go along with three triples, three boards, 10 assists, and two blocks in 32 minutes of play.
Milwaukee’s slow and steady approach in bringing Middleton back into the fold has worked perfectly as he’s not had any setbacks. He’s now approaching peak form again, which is a very dangerous sight for the rest of the league.
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