‘He’s a Threat Out There’: Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo Heaps Praise on Khris Middleton

Published 02/09/2021, 9:48 AM EST
Jan 8, 2021; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) celebrates with forward Khris Middleton (22) against the Utah Jazz at the Bradley Center. Mandatory Credit: Nick Monroe/Handout Photo via USA TODAY Sports


The Milwaukee Bucks’ are off to a good start in their first western road trip of this season. They defeated the Denver Nuggets with a 125-112 victory that too without Jrue Holiday playing, but what’s for sure is that the Nuggets didn’t make it any easier for them. However, this win has landed them their longest five-game winning streak of this season. Although Giannis is usually always the star of each matchup, this time Khris Middleton is the player who turned the game around.

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Giannis’ thoughts on playing with Khris Middleton

Giannis Antetokounmpo (L) and Khris Middleton pose on the court after the 68th NBA All-Star Game at Spectrum Center on February 17, 2019 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)

When the Milwaukee Bucks turned up in Denver, their starting lineup was quite different than expected. Just 30 minutes before the game, Jrue Holiday was replaced with Bryn Forbes. Later on, it was announced that Holiday was inactive for this game because of the league’s health and safety protocols. No further details were given out.

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Although this was a reason for the Bucks to worry, they still managed to win their game against the Nuggets. Not only because of Giannis’ 30 points and 9 rebounds, but Khris Middleton’s contribution down the stretch was remarkable. He also ended the game with 29 points and facilitated the ball like a pro, and had 12 assists and 8 rebounds for himself at the end of the night.

After the game, Giannis was asked about his experience playing alongside Middleton, who looks like he has gotten even better this year. “It’s easy to play with him. It’s easy to read him,” Antetokounmpo said. “He’s a threat out there.

“Guys respect him, guys go over when we set pick-and-rolls for him. He’s a great passer, he’s gonna find you, early or late. He was a capable passer, but he’s way better this year. We need more from him, but I enjoy playing with Khris every single moment.”

Feb 8, 2021; Denver, Colorado, USA; Denver Nuggets forward Will Barton (5) and Milwaukee Bucks forward Khris Middleton (22) battle for the ball in the second quarter at Ball Arena. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

The Denver Nuggets put up a fight

The Denver Nuggets were on fire when it came to shooting in the first quarter. In fact, the Bucks were no less, as Nikola Jokic and Middleton kept going back and forth with buckets. A high scoring first half had the Bucks actually trailing 62-59.

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One would think that the Nuggets would take advantage of Holiday not playing. But the Nuggets’ second scoring option, Jamal Murray, was a non-factor as he only contributed 11 points to the scoreboard. This is resulting in them sliding down in the Western Conference.

The Bucks are up against the Phoenix Suns next, who are holding a great 14-9 record. Will Milwaukee be able to add another W to their winning streak?

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Read also- The Workout Routine of Giannis Antetokounmpo That Was Responsible For His Transformation

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Yashima Bhatia

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Yashima Bhatia is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports who specialises in providing nuanced predictions and updates for matches. She has a Bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. Yashima's love for playing the game came up at a young age, when the excitement of the games coupled with the intensity of the Playoffs had her hooked.

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