The Milwaukee Bucks released their injury report prior to Monday’s matchup against the Miami Heat, and it was a fairly short list.
Bucks Injury Report
The only one listed on the Bucks’ injury report was MarJon Beauchamp, who has been ruled out with an illness.
One name that wasn’t there? Khris Middleton.
Middleton was sidelined on Sunday’s matchup against the Atlanta Hawks, where the Bucks lost 127-110. But, it was all out of precaution as Middleton underwent a knee procedure in the offseason and the Bucks don’t want to risk reaggravating the injury.
Coach Adrian Griffin said that they’re ramping him up slowly, but that he’s performing well in practice. Middleton has said he’s on board with whatever the team has planned for him this season.
“I’m with whatever the coaching staff wants to do with my minutes,” Middleton said. “I’ve been doing this a long time, done this before, and there’s so many different ways you can go with it. But, at the end of the day, I listen to what the coaches want me to do, whether finishing games, starting games, playing in the middle of games. Whatever the case may be, I’m just going to be ready.”
While he is available to play, it’s likely that he won’t be seeing a lot of playing minutes. He played just 16 minutes in the regular-season opening win against the Philadelphia 76ers, scoring six points on 2-of-5 shooting, grabbed four assists, three rebounds, and two steals.
MarJon Beauchamp has been playing at a high-level so far and definitely has earned his kudos from teammates. The second-year forward has returned to the team with hopes of receiving more playing time on the court behind players like Giannis Antetokounmpo, Damian Lillard, Middleton, and Brook Lopez to name a few.
One of Beauchamp’s more impressive outings was against the Timberwolves where he scored 18 points in 18 minutes on 7-of-9 shooting, including 4-of-5 from the three. Even in the preseason, he was playing like he was in mid-season form.
Beauchamp played 16 minutes in each of the Bucks’ first two games; In Sunday’s loss, he scored eight points on 60% shooting, with one rebound and no assists, blocks or steals. In Thursday’s opener, he only scored four points on 66.7% shooting, grabbing two rebounds.
Hopefully this is just a short-term illness and Beauchamp is back on the court in no time.
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