That right there is why Damian Lillard has separated himself in the early Rookie of the Year, talk. Well, that and Anthony Davis’ injury, but mostly this.
Lillard was matched up with Tony Parker and went off for 29 points on 11-of-22 shooting. What he shows is a maturity to his game we often don’t see from young point guards, an understanding of when to shoot, when to pull up and reset, when to pass. It’s not just the four years of college that helped with that, it’s years as the primary playmaker for his college team that forced him to make decisions like this. The players are bigger and faster now, but the decision process is similar.
That is a polished and fundamentally sound player (good shooting stroke, great use of changes of speed to create space). He’s going to be a star in this league.
Report: Khris Middleton could return to Bucks before All-Star break
Sources told ESPN.com the Bucks think Middleton, who suffered a hamstring tear just days before the season began, “has a chance” to return to the lineup during a three-game homestand next month before the All-Star break.
Whether Middleton ultimately makes his season debut before or after the All-Star Game, he is expected to be kept on a minutes restriction as he eases way his back from the injury, sources said.
The Bucks have started Tony Snell, who has held his own as an outside shooter. But Middleton will upgrade Milwaukee on Snell’s biggest strength and provide massive defensive improvement. After a strong start, the Bucks have really struggled lately on that end.
Giannis Antetokounmpo has led Milwaukee to a 20-21 record, though the team is better than its won-loss mark indicates. The Bucks will be even better with Middleton, who will rival Jabari Parker as their second-best player and fit seamlessly.
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