Their two leaders were tied up in the infirmary, the Bucks turned their backs
Milwaukee has been walking on eggshells since early 2023 due to injuries. During the long rehabilitation Chris MiddletonHe missed his 16th game in a row with a knee injury Giannis Antetokounmpoalso a starter on the team who was sidelined by knee pain and played just five of the first nine games of the year.
As he took part in pregame warmups against the Pacers yesterday, the condition of the “Greek Freak” appears to be less worrisome than his lieutenant’s. But when your best player complains of knee pain, the entire franchise logically holds its breath.
“We still think it’s one of those things that he and we have had to deal with lately. It’s been like this every year since I arrived.”Mike Budenholzer grumbled. “We don’t think it’s more serious. However, we want him to be healthy. Taking care of him is our priority. We will probably err on the side of caution. We know how important he is for us.”
The Bucks manager added that Giannis Antetokounmpo should follow the same process against Toronto tonight and a decision on his availability will be made before the game.
Khris Middleton admires the effort of his teammates
For his part, Khris Middleton is still waiting for his knee to withstand several days of high-intensity training without swelling. His patience is being tested, now waiting for the green light from the medical staff.
“He’s been angry for six to seven months” he admitted. “I’m excited to be back on the field with my boys. I know I don’t look very enthusiastic, but I’m ready to go back, that’s all I can say.”
For his part, the winger was skeptical about his possible return date, a little disappointed to have seen him pull back a couple of times already. “I don’t want to make a fool of you because I’ve been lying to you for a month that it might be next week”it slipped.
Despite this unprecedented situation, Milwaukee, for example, came back to win yesterday, with key players Jrue Holiday and Bobby Portis both uncertain before the match due to ankle and quadriceps soreness. ! Khris Middleton is in awe of how each of his still-skilled teammates outdo themselves.
“The kids give it their all every night. They find different ways to stay in the game and win it. Different guys play with different playing times and we have versatile players to play in important moments of the game. Everyone is trying to prove themselves and do something they have not been used to all their careers.he noted. “I just find myself making things easier for them because I know how they are right now. Hopefully I can get back and get some Jrue rest (Holiday) create and do his job in defense to facilitate his attack. Same thing with Giannis, Brook (Lopez), trying to make everyone’s life easier.
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