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Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo, Khris Middleton out vs. Wizards

Mar 9, 2022; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA;  Milwaukee Bucks forward Khris Middleton (22) drives past the pick of Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) as Atlanta Hawks guard Bogdan Bogdanovic (13) attempts to work his way through the pick in the first quarter at Fiserv Forum. Mandatory Credit: Michael McLoone-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Michael McLoone-USA TODAY Sports

Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo and fellow forward Khris Middleton have been ruled out of Thursday’s game against the visiting Washington Wizards.

Antetokounmpo, 27, returned from a one-game absence with right knee soreness to collect 25 points and 17 rebounds in Milwaukee’s 126-98 victory over the Chicago Bulls on Tuesday.

The two-time NBA MVP is averaging team-leading totals in points (29.7) and rebounds (11.6). He also has chipped in 5.8 assists in 60 games this season for the Bucks (45-27), who are tied with the Philadelphia 76ers for second place in the Eastern Conference.

Middleton, 30, sat out Tuesday’s game and will miss his second consecutive contest with a sore left wrist. The All-Star forward is averaging 20.4 points, 5.4 rebounds and 5.4 assists in 59 games this season.

–Field Level Media