5 Flaws that could crush the Milwaukee Bucks' playoff hopes

These Bucks' flaws could doom the franchise in the postseason.

Milwaukee Bucks, Damian Lillard, Giannis Antetokounmpo
Milwaukee Bucks, Damian Lillard, Giannis Antetokounmpo / Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports
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2. Injuries

Giannis Antetokounmpo’s ill-timed injury in the 2023 playoffs severely impacted the Bucks. They were down 2-1 before he returned to the floor and could not recover. There is no avoiding it. It could happen to any team, but Milwaukee may be a bit more susceptible.

Jae Crowder missed more than two months with an injury earlier this season after playing in just 18 contests last year. It was in part due to a holdout, but the 33-year-old may just be reaching the age where injuries happen more frequently. The Bucks have seven players over 30 and one of their stars is the biggest concern.

Khris Middleton played just 33 games last season and is averaging 26.4 per contest this year. He has missed significant time in two straight years and has played more than 30 minutes just 17 times in the 2023-24 campaign. Can the Bucks count on him to handle a massive role in the playoffs? He will produce when on the floor, but Milwaukee needs him to be there more.

The Milwaukee Bucks must be at full strength if they want to win the championship. Keeping Khris Middleton healthy for three months will be a challenge, but the Bucks are ready to take it on. Middleton is fit right now and gearing up for the postseason. They desperately need him and not for the reason fans think.