The Milwaukee Bucks have started the season excellently and are currently on a hot-streak after winning their last eight matches in the NBA.
The Bucks have only been beaten on three occasions this season, which is a leading record in the Eastern Conference. However, their fortunes are set to improve further as they look set to welcome back Khris Middleton into the fold.
Middleton’s Hotly Anticipated Return
The all-star forward has stated that he is ready to return to the court following two weeks on the treatment table with a problem to his left thigh. He stated on social media that he’s ‘gonna go’ to the game on Wednesday against the Atlanta Hawks.
Middleton broke this news on Tuesday afternoon after a Bucks training session, where he appeared to be showing no lingering effects from the injury.
He has been sidelined from action after he picked up the injury in a fixture against Oklahoma City Thunder back on November 10th. His return is way ahead of schedule, with the forward initially ruled out for at least a month with the injury.
However, if there are no reprecussions and he has stated that he is ready, then it is unlikely that the Bucks are going to stand in his way of returning to the court.
Middleton was in career-best form before picking up the injury, and if he can return in the same kind of form then they will be a tough team to stop in the East. He was averaging 18.5 points per game, as well as 5.7 rebounds and 2.9 assists in his last ten games before the thigh injury.
Bucks Gain Revenge Over Utah
The announcement that Middleton is set to return to the court comes just a couple of days after the Bucks gained a level of revenge over the Utah Jazz.
The only loss that the Bucks have suffered over their past 13 games came against the Jazz, so it was a positive that they were able to avenge the one blotch on their recent record.
Giannis Antetokounmpo was the undoubted star of the show in their recent NBA game as he scored 50 points in the 122-118 success. He added 14 rebounds and contributed 6 assists in the victory.
At present, there aren’t many better players than the big Greek in the NBA and he is scoring points for fun. He is on course to beat the tally that he recorded in his MVP season as he averages 31.1 points per game this season.
The 24-year-old has also had a positive effect on the players around him, and specifically Wesley Matthews, who was given the challenge to fill the void left by Middleton.
Matthews had a good game on Monday and recorded the second highest amount of point for the Bucks. His 19 was a respectable effort for his 32 minutes on the court. He also added 4 rebounds and 2 assists in the win.
The Bucks currently look like the team to beat in the Eastern Conference, but sustaining that form when they welcome back Middleton will be the crucial element to their success.