Milwaukee Bucks: 3 things to watch for hosting the Minnesota Timberwolves

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Back at full strength?

The Bucks have fully recovered from their Christmas Day lapse to the Philadelphia 76ers from a week ago after having won their last three games.

And now with superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo and point guard Eric Bledsoe back from their respective injuries, the Bucks look to have fully weathered through the injury bug, which hasn’t provided much of a hurdle to them compiling a 30-5 record at this stage.

Both Antetokounmpo and Bledsoe were firing on all cylinders throughout the Bucks’ latest victory over the Bulls as the reigning MVP had a double-double (23 points, 10 rebounds, six assists), while Bledsoe had 15 points, four steals and three assists in over 16 minutes of burn.

With back soreness having limited Antetokounmpo in the Bucks’ loss to the 76ers and kept him out of his team’s wins over the Hawks and Magic, he spoke to the struggle of not being there for his teammates versus the benefits of getting healthy following Monday night’s win as Matt Velazquez of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel relayed:

"“I think one of the toughest parts of being an athlete is when you’re, like, hurting and you want to play and that’s pushing you back. But at the end of the day, I try to listen to my body, try to take care of it as much as possible. I think I’ve got great people around me – teammates, coaching staff, training staff – I feel like they’re going to tell me the truth, they’re going to tell me to relax or if I’m good just go out there and play. “When you get caught in between it’s like you’re hitting your head on a wall because, obviously, you want to play but if something bothers you, you can’t play, you can’t help your teammates.”"

The current exception to the Bucks having the full complement of their rotation and roster is veteran wing Wesley Matthews, who continues to battle through a left thigh contusion that has him sidelined in the Bucks’ recent wins over the New York Knicks and the Bulls. We’ll have to see whether it’s an injury that will keep him out of action for en extended period of time.