3 takeaways from Milwaukee Bucks’ tough loss to the Toronto Raptors

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Milwaukee Bucks: Jrue Holiday, Khris Middleton, Jordan Nwora
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Khris Middleton finally snaps his shooting slump, but it comes in a defeat for the Milwaukee Bucks

It has been a difficult year for Khris Middleton as he is having one of the least-efficient shooting seasons of his career. The forward has not managed to find a groove whatsoever, and this game presented an opportunity for him to turn things around. In the end, he did manage to knock down some shots and potentially get the wheels turning offensively, which may just be one of the only positive takeaways from this contest.

Middleton contributed 25 points on 9-of-16 shooting from the field. While it was nice to see him shoot efficiently, 16 shot attempts is quite low in a game without Antetokounmpo. With Holiday struggling as mightily as he did as well, the Bucks could have certainly used a more aggressive Middleton in this matchup to try and will them to a victory. That ultimately did not happen, but it was a step in the right direction to get the forward back on track moving forward.

Had Holiday stayed in his All-Star groove, the Bucks could have won this one. Unfortunately, bad games are bound to happen every once in a while. For now, the Bucks will wait for their main man Antetokounmpo to come back from his illness to reunite the trio. These three have proven to be a formidable unit when they all play together this season, and they have a significant test ahead.

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It would be a massive boost if they got him back for Friday’s showdown with the Brooklyn Nets, which you can watch at 6:30 p.m. CST on ESPN.