For the primary time in a very long time, the Milwaukee Bucks are anticipated to have their All-Stars on the courtroom on the identical time on Monday.
Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middelton are each listed as possible for Monday’s sport in opposition to the Detroit Pistons. Middleton has been sidelined for the final 18 video games with knee soreness. He beforehand missed Milwaukee’s first 20 video games of the season with a wrist harm and has performed in simply seven video games this season.
Antetokounmpo, in the meantime, has missed 5 straight video games along with his personal knee harm. Head coach Mike Budenholzer beforehand described his absence as precautionary.
Khris Middleton and Giannis Antetokounmpo on the courtroom might be a welcome sight in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Aaron Gash)
“Him being wholesome, caring for him is all the time our precedence, we’re most likely all the time going to err on the facet of warning as a result of we all know how essential he’s to us,” Budenholzer informed reporters final week of Antetokounmpo.
Antetokounmpo’s performed at his typical MVP-caliber stage this season whereas averaging 31 factors, 11.9 rebounds and 5.6 assists in 35 of Milwaukee’s 46 video games. Middleton’s absence has been obvious, and he is struggled when he is been on the courtroom.
His preseason wrist harm lingered longer than anticipated. He returned to the courtroom in December and averaged 11.1 factors, 4.4 assists and a couple of.6 rebounds whereas taking pictures simply 32.5% from the ground in these seven video games, properly wanting the shape that is made him a three-time All-Star.
The Bucks have appeared to take a cautious method with each gamers’ accidents as they put together for a postseason battle in a aggressive Eastern Conference. Entering Sunday’s video games, the Bucks have been in third place within the East at 29-17, 5 1/2 video games behind the first-place Boston Celtics. They have been one sport behind the second-place Philadelphia 76ers and a half sport forward of the Brooklyn Nets.