Milwaukee Bucks Get Huge Infusion With Return Of Not One, But Two Stars

After missing a combined 50 games thus far this season, the Milwaukee Bucks are getting a huge boost to their lineup Monday night, with the return of both Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton. 

"They're both slated to return tonight," said Insider Shams Charania, "and this is a long time coming. Especially for Khris Middleton; he hasn't played since Dec. 15. He's dealt with nagging knee irritation, and he looked like he was on the cusp about a week and a half ago, but he's really wanted to wait and make sure he comes back at the right time."

The 2-time MVP Giannis has missed five games with a sore knee (11 games overall), while 3-time All-Star Middleton has been out for 18 games with a knee problem—39 missed overall this season after also missing the start of the campaign due to offseason wrist surgery.

Milwaukee has more than held its own without their two stars at various points this year, going 6-5 without the Greek Freak in the lineup, and 25-14 without Middleton. But make no mistake, having them back will obviously be a huge boon to the team. Middleton has only played seven games in all this season.

"This is a team that needs to get chemistry, needs to get some reps with Middleton, Holiday, Giannis all on the floor together."

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