Bucks sharpshooter Khris Middleton to return vs. HawksBy Ryan Ward
The Milwaukee Bucks have raced out to one of the best marks in the NBA through the season’s first weeks.
The Bucks will get another boost with the return of All-Star forward Khris Middleton on Wednesday night, according to ESPN.
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Milwaukee Bucks All-Star swingman Khris Middleton will return to the court Wednesday against the Atlanta Hawks in Milwaukee.
Middleton has been sidelined since Nov. 10 due to a left thigh contusion. It was expected that he could miss up to a month. However, he as moved well ahead of that pace from the injury.
His return to the lineup will provide some reliable offensive production as he fit in smoothly as the secondary scoring option behind the reigning league MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo over the past several years. Middleton took a significant step forward as he earned his first All-Star selection.
Middleton will likely be eased back into the mix, playing limited minutes in the first several games. The Bucks don’t want to risk him suffering any sort of setback as he has become an essential piece of the puzzle. Before the injury, he was averaging 18.5 points, 5.7 rebounds, and 2.9 assists per contest.
Milwaukee has been able to more than get by in his absence holding the best mark in the Eastern Conference, winning 14 out of their first 17 games. The Bucks are currently leading the NBA with 119.9 points per contest, while Antetokounmpo is second in scoring behind James Harden, averaging 31.1 points per contest.