Middleton (illness) contributed 19 points (6-13 FG, 3-5 3Pt, 4-7 FT), five assists, four rebounds and two steals across 42 minutes during Thursday's 92-89 Game 6 loss to the Raptors.
Battling an illness, Middleton managed to be the Bucks' second-leading scorer behind Giannis Antetokounmpo, who dropped 34 points. Though Middleton played well during Game 6's loss, he ultimately struggled to find his footing throughout the series, shooting just 38.5 percent from the field and 28.6 percent from behind the arc coming into Thursday. That being said, Middleton had a productive 29-game regular season after returning from a torn hamstring, producing 14.7 points across 30.7 minutes per game while knocking down a career-high 43.3 percent of his shots from distance.
Middleton (illness) will start and play Game 6 without restriction, Eric Koreen of The Athletic reports.
Middleton has been battling an illness since Monday morning, but his status for Game 6 was never believed to be in serious jeopardy. The 25-year-old has struggled in each of the last two games of the series -- both Bucks losses -- shooting a combined 7-of-21 from the floor, while misfiring on all five of his three-point attempts. Middleton, who shot better than 43 percent from three during the regular season, will look to bounce back in Game 6 with the Bucks facing elimination.
Middleton (illness) is probable for Thursday's Game 6 against the Raptors after not practicing Wednesday while back home recovering, Stephen Watson of WISN 12 News reports.
While battling an illness, which was determined to be just a sore throat, during Monday's Game 5, Middleton provided eight points (3-8 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 2-2 FT), six assists, five steals and three rebounds across 36 minutes. Though the illness seems fairly minor, the Bucks likely don't want to take a chance of him making things worse by exerting himself too much during practice, and have ultimately opted to let him stay home to rest and recover. He should be considered probable for Thursday's tilt, with more information on his status likely coming after the team's morning shootaround. Though, with the Bucks facing elimination, there seems to be little reason for Middleton to sit out unless he faces a severe, unexpected setback.
Middleton (illness) will start as usual for Monday's Game 5 against the Raptors, Charles F. Gardner of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
Middleton was held out of the team's morning shootaround earlier Monday, but is currently going through pregame warmups and will start as usual at small forward. Considering he's just dealing with a sore throat, Middleton likely won't be on any sort of restrictions, so look for him to take on a full workload unless otherwise reported. Through four playoff games, Middleton has averaged 15.0 points, 5.3 rebounds, 5.3 assists, 1.3 steals and 1.0 three-pointer across 38.0 minutes.
Middleton was absent from the Bucks' morning shootaround due to a sore throat, but is expected to play in Monday's Game 5 against the Raptors, Charles F. Gardner of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
MIddleton may be a little under the weather as the 7:00 p.m. EST tip off approaches, but it's not expected that he'll face any restrictions as the Bucks look to steal a win on the road. The 25-year-old is averaging 15.0 points (on 38.6% shooting), 5.3 rebounds, 5.3 assists, 1.3 steals and 1.0 three-pointer in 38.0 minutes per game through the first four contests of the series.
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