Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo Explains He Trusts Khris Middleton to Death

Published 06/28/2021, 6:00 AM EDT
Jun 27, 2021; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Khris Middleton (22) looks for a shot against Atlanta Hawks forward Danilo Gallinari (8) during the second half during game three of the Eastern Conference Finals for the 2021 NBA Playoffs at State Farm Arena. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports


The Milwaukee Bucks have once again gathered some momentum after winning their second straight game against the Atlanta Hawks. With a 2-1 lead in the series, the Bucks have a chance at pushing Atlanta to a point of no return. And after what we witnessed today from Khris Middleton, nothing seems impossible. He proved that Giannis Antetokounmpo is not the only MVP in the Bucks.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

Giannis can blindly rely on his Milwaukee Bucks teammate

Giannis and Middleton have played eight seasons together for the Bucks. However, this has been one of Khris’ best playoff performances so far. Despite having trouble on the road through the rest of the season, he seems to have finally found his footing. And if it wasn’t for his bombastic scoring, the Bucks would have been on the losing end of the match today.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

In fact, even Giannis Antetokounmpo was amazed at the way Khris played. He made it clear that being the lone hero is not what matters to him, but working together as a team and doing what’s best for winning is what matters most. He said, “I want to be a winner. I have the whole game to be ‘the guy.’ I don’t care about being the guy in the fourth quarter. I trust Khris to death. If Khris asks for the ball, better give him the ball.”

WATCH THIS STORY: Giannis Antetokounmpo Crazy Transformation Before Coming to NBA to Becoming a Greek Freak

What did Khris Middleton do?

The Atlanta Hawks had entered Game 3 with full force and were leading with 15 points. In fact, up until the second half, the Hawks looked far more in control of the game than Milwaukee. But that quickly changed in the third quarter when Khris Middleton got fired up.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

The Bucks eliminated the deficit and started to fight the Hawks for a lead. It was like Khris was a different player in the second half. He had lesser points than Trae Young in the first half but surpassed him by finishing the night with a 38-point performance.

Jun 27, 2021; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Khris Middleton (22) shoots a three point shot through four Atlanta Hawks players during the second half during game three of the Eastern Conference Finals for the 2021 NBA Playoffs at State Farm Arena. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

This playoff career-high night of Khris was enough to propel Milwaukee to a victory. It’s a pattern that has been noted where Middleton shows some struggle the first few nights in a series but comes through during the vital games. And that’s exactly what he did. Now that the Bucks are leading, they will hope to take a commanding 3-1 lead against Atlanta. Can we hope for another Middleton-centered game then?

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

DIVE DEEPER

Former NBA Champion Calls Giannis Antetokounmpo the Robin to Khris Middleton’s Batman

about 1 month ago

SHARE THIS ARTICLE :

Yashima Bhatia

1314 articles

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.

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT