The Milwaukee Bucks suffered an embarrassing loss to the worst team in the Western Conference on Sunday night. Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Bucks lost 97-92 on the road to the Houston Rockets. This gives them a 19-7 record so far this season, which is first in the Central Division and second in the Eastern Conference. Milwaukee waited patiently for their three-time All-Star Khris Middleton to return. He left the game last night with an ankle sprain.
Middleton He was a vital part of the Bucks’ championship run in 2021. Antetokounmpo has done his best to carry Milwaukee while Middleton is on the field, but they desperately need healthy. The Bucs need his scoring output. He averaged (17.1) points per game for his career. Unfortunately, he has only played in five of the Bucks’ 26 games so far this season.
NBA betting sites have him at (+575) dollars to win the Finals this season.
Khris Middleton is out for the remainder of the game with a sprained left ankle.
— Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) December 12, 2022
Middleton ‘should be fine’ after sidelined with ankle injury
It’s hard to see Middleton battling all these injuries this early in the season. He has played in 19 percent of the Bucks’ games this season. Middleton was recovering from offseason wrist surgery that kept him out of the first 20 games and now has his left ankle on it. A tough start to the season for him physically. He went six and a half minutes into the second quarter before heading to the locker room and scoring no points.
Bucks head coach Mike Budenholzer didn’t seem too concerned during his postgame press conference.
“It should be good. It’s a couple of very minor things, . . . ‘Hopefully it will be good.’ – Mike Budenholzer
This shouldn’t be overly concerning to Bucks fans. The team is doing well without Middleton so far. They’ll need him later in the season, but there’s no need to move him back too soon. At 31 years old, you don’t want to be dealing with ongoing ankle problems for him. Let him come back when his body tells him it’s ready. Milwaukee wants to be a serious playoff contender in the East, and if they want to do that, they need a healthy Khris Middleton.