The All-Star wing sustained the injury in Game 2 last week of their first-round best-of-7 matchup against the Chicago Bulls ahead of the Bucks closing out the series, 4-1 Wednesday night. Middleton's recovery could potentially keep him sidelined throughout the Conference Finals if Milwaukee were to make it that far.
The left MCL injury of Bucks All-Star Khris Middleton is a Grade 2 sprain and he is expected to miss the entire second-round series vs. Celtics, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium. The recovery of Grade 2 MCL places a potential Conference Finals in jeopardy for him as well.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) April 28, 2022
ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski also reported that Middleton would be re-evaluated in two weeks, but the Bucks don't expect him to play even if he's cleared to practice.
"Certainly he’ll get that re-evaluation at the 14-day, two-week point next week, but I’m told that injury is expected to keep him out longer than that," Wojnarowski said Wednesday afternoon on ESPN's The Jump. "There's not a sense that he's going to get re-evaluated at two weeks and all of a sudden be back at practice and be ready to play. That's a benchmark in this process, but the Bucks certainly -- they are on the cusp of getting past the Bulls here -- they may have to get through another series, a conference semifinal, before they may have the opportunity to get Khris Middleton back in this season."
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