Saturday update: Middleton has been ruled out for Sunday’s game with the Achilles injury he suffered in Friday’s game against Washington.
Milwaukee Bucks shooting guard Khris Middleton will not return to Friday’s contest against the Washington Wizards due to an Achilles injury. Middleton has already been recovering from knee surgery during the offseason, and will now have to deal with a new injury early in the 2023-24 season. Middleton finishes the game with seven points, five assists and one rebound.
Khris Middleton is out for the rest of the game with left Achilles tightness.— Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) November 25, 2023
The Bucks have tried to limit Middleton’s workload early in the season, sitting him for one part of back-to-back sets regularly. He was averaging a shade over 20 minutes per game, a far cry from a few years ago where he was logging 32.4 minutes per contest. Milwaukee certainly wants him to be ready to go for that amount of time as the games get bigger. Middleton’s performance has regularly been better in Milwaukee’s wins than losses, so he’s clearly a key piece of this team.
With Middleton out, look for Malik Beasley and Pat Connaughton to have bigger roles. Beasley has regularly been starting for the Bucks and should see more shots, while Connaughton will get more run off the bench. If the veteran guard is out for longer, look for the Bucks to potentially go bigger in the starting lineup by using Bobby Portis alongside Giannis Antetokounmpo and Brook Lopez.