Khris Middleton Affirms Milwaukee Bucks Ready to Fight With or Without Giannis Antetokounmpo

Published 09/07/2020, 5:17 PM EDT

Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks have hit a stumbling block in the Playoffs that even they didn’t expect. They were on the verge of being swept by the Miami Heat before they won Game 4 in OT.

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The interesting thing about the Game 4 win was that it was mostly without Giannis playing. Giannis has been nursing an ankle injury and sat most of Game 4 out, as the Bucks rallied behind Khris Middleton to avoid a series sweep.

The two-time all-star enjoyed a game-high 36 points. However, he did it by taking 28 shots in the absence of Giannis, who played just 11 minutes.

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Middleton spoke about the win later, and ESPN reposted his comments. He praised the depth of the team behind Giannis and said that the team will fight to overturn this deficit.

“We’re a complete team. He’s the MVP, should be again this year. But we still have a hell of a team behind him. We’re going to fight to win every night.”

Milwaukee Bucks pull off a historic upset without their superstar?

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The odds of the Bucks pulling off a 3-0 series comeback without Giannis is very improbable. While it is possible in certain mathematical combinations, the odds of that happening in actual basketball are rare.

However, we don’t see the number one seeded team go down 0-3 in the Playoffs too often, so we may have a small data sample to evaluate whether the Bucks can pull this off or not.

In all honestly, the Bucks may fight back, but winning 4 straight against a Heat team of this caliber seems highly unlikely. Especially if they’re reeling from the effects of the absence of their juggernaut, Giannis Antetokounmpo.

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Even if he struggles in the Playoffs, he is still the player most teams would want at their helm. The odds of the Bucks pulling it off are unlikely on their own, but they become much slimmer when you factor in Giannis’ absence.

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Ishaan Bhattacharya

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Ishaan Bhattacharya is an NBA, NCAA Basketball, and Combat Sports writer at EssentiallySports. Currently, Ishaan is pursuing a Post Graduate Degree in Journalism from Xavier's Institute of Communication. Previously, Ishaan has written for The Indian Express, The Quint, Sportskeeda, and WrestleClub.

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