After going 2-1 throughout their first three preseason matchups, the Milwaukee Bucks have two more games left on the schedule.
Those two contests will continue to give fans a better look at the rotation Coach Adrian Griffin is crafting, what kind of defense he is trying to build, and other things that could be an early look at how the Milwaukee Bucks plan to do things throughout the 2023-24 NBA season. With that said, let us take a look at three things to keep an eye on over the final games.
No. 1 – Khris Middleton’s health and if we will see Damain Lillard again
After undergoing a knee procedure earlier in the off-season, Khris Middleton has been working his way back onto the court. He has not yet appeared in any of the preseason games, but that is set to change. Speaking on ESPN, Bucks General Manager Jon Horst said that he expects Middleton to be on the floor at some point in the preseason and certainly to start the regular season.
It’ll be good to get Middleton on the floor. The forward missed significant time last season due to a knee issue, but after this surgery, the hope is that he’s back to normal. The Bucks will need him to compete at the highest level this season, and although he could very well be rusty in his first few minutes back on the floor, it will still be nice to see him out there getting his feet wet.
One has to wonder if Middleton will share the court with Damian Lillard at all in the final games of the preseason. Lillard missed the first two outings but made his Milwaukee Bucks debut against the Los Angeles Lakers. The star guard looked a tad rusty in his first action in months, so it would not be surprising to see him out there at all during the next two outings.
In short, it would be nice to see everyone on the floor, as the goal is to get the whole team healthy.