Shocking: Giannis Antetokounmpo back in Bucks’ lineup after 2-game absence while Middleton is out…

Giannis Antetokounmpo’s return to the Milwaukee Bucks starting lineup against the Brooklyn Nets marked a significant moment for the team, following a two-game absence due to a left hamstring issue described as tendinopathy, often linked to overuse. The anticipation surrounding his comeback was palpable, as the Bucks looked to regain their rhythm with their star player back on the court.

While Antetokounmpo’s return provided a boost, the Bucks still faced challenges with key players missing. Khris Middleton, an integral part of the team, was slated to rest after logging 33 minutes in a recent game against the Boston Celtics.

Middleton’s playing time was being carefully managed as he continued to recover from a sprained left ankle, a setback that had sidelined him for 16 consecutive games before his return in a victory over the Phoenix Suns.

Despite his extended absence, Middleton’s performance upon his return drew praise from Bucks coach Doc Rivers. Rivers emphasized the importance of maintaining Middleton’s current level of play while effectively managing his recovery process. The coaching staff and medical team were keen on ensuring Middleton’s health and fitness for the challenges ahead, recognizing his significance to the team’s success.


The absence of key players like Middleton and Antetokounmpo had been keenly felt by the Bucks. Notably, the team had not fielded their top three players—Antetokounmpo, Middleton, and seven-time All-NBA guard Damian Lillard—in a single game since their victory against the Dallas Mavericks on February 3rd.

This lack of cohesion among their star players had presented a unique challenge for the Bucks, requiring adjustments in strategy and rotation to compensate for their absence.

As the Bucks continued to navigate through the season, their focus remained on maintaining the health and well-being of their players while striving for success on the court.

With Antetokounmpo back in action and Middleton on the path to full recovery, there was optimism within the team and among fans that they would soon see their top players reunite on the court, ready to showcase their collective talents and propel the Bucks to new heights in the competitive landscape of the NBA.



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