4 Studs, 2 Duds from the Milwaukee Bucks' emphatic win over the Oklahoma City Thunder

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Stud - Khris Middleton

Middleton has slotted back into the starting lineup seamlessly having missed 16 games before returning last weekend. Against the Thunder, he was great again and notched his first triple-double of the season.

He finished with 11 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists on 45.5 percent shooting from the field. His ability to create shots from anywhere is really key to the Bucks, and with their strong lineup and bench looking stronger at full health, Middleton may be the X-factor in the playoffs. Defensively, he is solid to work on the wing, and now, Jae Crowder adds support off the bench. You also know what Patrick Beverley brings to the game, so he will switch defensive matchups down the stretch and in the playoffs.

The only knock on his performance was the five turnovers and hitting just one of five shots from deep. Those aren't anything to worry too much about, as others were hitting shots and not turning over the ball, so the team was able to withstand those slight mishaps.

If he can provide a consistent scoring output as he has recently with two 22 points games and a triple-double since returning, alongside Giannis and Lillard, they will be tough to stop all three in the playoffs, not to mention Lopez, Beasley, and Portis off the bench.

His minutes will slowly increase as Rivers looks to keep him in the best condition for the postseason, so we are probably yet to see the full force of the Bucks' starting five playing 35 to 40 minutes in a game. For me, he is the X-factor for the team, and he is starting to ramp it up at the right time.