Video: Bucks’ Khris Middleton shakes off Heat’s Josh Richardson with the nifty spin move
Khris Middleton’s game is understated. He’s big for a wing but not huge. He’s an underrated shot-maker but doesn’t rain threes. He’s one of the league’s best isolation players but lacks a signature go-to move. He’s not a leaper. He’s not a speedster. And because of all the aforementioned attributes and many more, the Milwaukee Bucks star rarely finds himself on highlight reels. It’s only fitting that on Friday night, then, Middleton brought fans out of their seats not so much by virtue of a move he made, but due to a defensive mistake by Miami Heat guard Josh Richardson. As one of the best perimeter defenders in the league, it’s easy to assume that Richardson knows the pitfalls of reaching on a ball handler in the backcourt.
🗣 DON’T REACH pic.twitter.com/GDdqatCeG0
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) March 23, 2019
Richardson reaches, Middleton teaches.
The Bucks, by the way, beat the Heat 116-87 at Fiserv Forum. Giannis Antetokounmpo, who missed his team’s last two games with a sore ankle, returned without missing a beat, scoring 27 points, grabbing eight rebounds, and dishing seven assists. Middleton had 18 points, eight rebounds, and 10 assists for Milwaukee, who shot 17-of-34 from three and doled out 33 assists.
Mike Budenholzer’s team moves to 54-19 with the win, three games ahead of the Toronto Raptors for first league-wide.