Milwaukee Bucks: Key Player Matchups in Potential First Round Playoff Meetings

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Khris Middleton vs. DeMarre Carroll/P.J. Tucker

The other Raptor acquired at the trade deadline, P.J. Tucker, has been splitting minutes with starter DeMarre Carroll at small forward. Both players are known for their gritty defense, and will likely do an admirable job putting the clamps on the second most prolific scorer on the Bucks. Middleton can’t let that happen.

The Raptors have greater talent at both guard positions, an advantage at center, and signficant bench pieces. Giannis is undoubtably a better player than Ibaka, but Ibaka might be able to slow him down. Simply put, the Bucks are done if Khris doesn’t show out.

He can’t just put up his season averages either. Scoring 14.7 points per game effectively is a tall order in the NBA, especially for a player coming off of an injury. Middleton will have to surpass that to win this series.

When Khris is hot, his shots are near unguardable, he distributes masterfully, scores effectively, and makes life easier for the team. His smooth offensive game is a treat to watch, and his knack for getting in passing lanes is superb. He’ll have to put that all on display.

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The Raptors are a talent-rich team, probably the most talented in the East outside of the Cavaliers. The Bucks can’t have the Middleton of the past week show up, as they need him to put his poor shooting performances behind him and show up big in the playoffs, especially if they have to take on the Raptors.