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Greg Monroe makes Milwaukee Bucks a contender in the Eastern Conference
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Greg Monroe makes Milwaukee Bucks a contender in the Eastern Conference
Wednesday October 7th, 2015

The Milwaukee Bucks and Chicago Bulls played a tight playoff series over the summer with Chicago prevailing in a chippy six games.

The two teams were back on the court Tuesday night in Chicago, with the stakes much lower in a preseason game. Although the game may not have been as important, Bucks guard Khris Middleton looked to be in regular season form, especially with his dunk over Bulls guard Jimmy Butler.

Middleton and Butler signed big contracts this off-season, and they should be fixtures as these two division rivals battle in the East for years to come. Middleton fired the first shot Tuesday. 

Bucks need to be patient with talent | Middleton extension is reasonable

Before the dunk, Butler showed why he earned his $90 million max deal.

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Photos: Butler at 18, Middleton at 45 in SI’s Top 100 NBA Players of 2016

- Rohan Nadkarni

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