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Khris Middleton is back, and so are realistic NBA championship expectations for the Bucks

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DETROIT — It has been 280 days since the Milwaukee Bucks could say they were whole, 280 days from the day Khris Middleton injured his wrist in their first-round series against Chicago, 280 days from the day their chances at a repeat championship went down the drain.

But Middleton emerging after his start-and-stop season to date was a sight to see — and a return to realistic title expectations for the Bucks.

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He came off the bench to play 15 minutes Monday in their 150-130 win over the Detroit Pistons in a game that wasn’t as close as the final score indicated.