Middleton scored 20 points (7-13 FG, 1-1 3Pt, 5-5 FT) while adding seven assists, three rebounds and three steals across 26 minutes in Wednesday's 129-125 victory over the Nets.
Middleton continues to get closer and closer to his eminent return to the starting lineup, as Wednesday marked his best game in terms of minutes, points and assists since returning from injury. With Jabari Parker done for the year, the Bucks need Middleton to return to last year's form, where he was an offensively-potent small forward for the team. In just his fourth game back, Middleton showed a glimpse of that form and should continue to only improve after the all-star break passes.
Middleton contributed 11 points (4-7 FG, 3-3 FT), three assists and two rebounds across 18 minutes during a 102-89 victory against the Pistons on Monday.
Middleton scored in double figures for the first time in his third game back from injury. The team is slowly easing Middleton back into the rotation, as he has not received more than 21 minutes in any of his three games, but it would not be surprising if he is moved into the starting lineup soon, especially with Jabari Parker (knee) out for the season. His steady return will likely decrease the workloads of Tony Snell and Michael Beasley.
Middleton will not travel with the team for Saturday's game against the Pacers in order to rest.
Middleton recorded six points (2-7 FG, 1-2 3PT, 1-2 FT), one rebound, six assists, and three steals across 20 minutes in Friday's loss to the Lakers. He was expected to remain around 15 minutes, so apparently the Bucks were comfortable with how he was feeling. It was just his second game of the season since returning from injury, so there is no surprise the team will not have him play on the second night of a back-to-back set. Tony Snell figures to see heavy minutes as the starting small forward, while Michael Beasley should see extra run as well.
Middleton contributed five points (2-5 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 1-2 FT), two rebounds, two assists and one block across 15 minutes during a 106-88 loss to the Heat on Wednesday.
Middleton saw just 15 minutes and contributed in limited fashion in his season debut as the team understandably had him on a minute restriction. The team will likely continue to limit his minutes for a few more games at least, but his offensive abilities will be needed soon if Jabari Parker, who left Wednesday's game with a knee injury, is forced to miss time. Middleton will see a favorable matchup against the Lakers on Friday. We'll see if his minutes are bumped up a bit.
According to head coach Jason Kidd,
Middleton will finally be cleared to play after suffering a brutal hamstring injury in the offseason, and his return could not come at a better time for the
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