Thursday, April 28, 2022

Khris Middleton reportedly to miss second-round vs. Celtics with MCL sprain

The Milwaukee Bucks will reportedly be without Khris Middleton for the entire second-round against the Celtics after suffering a Grade 2 MCL sprain in his left knee, according to The Athletic's Shams Charania.

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.

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."
The Celtics, fresh off a four-game sweep of the Brooklyn Nets, will have one less scorer to defend in Middleton, who's been a killer in big games against Boston in the past and the No. 1 shooter to take the pressure off of Giannis Antetokounmpo -- especially in crunch time. Players like Jrue Holiday and Grayson Allen will likely step-up their offense for Milwaukee in Middleton's absence.

Game 1 between the Celtics and Bucks second-round best-of-7 series will tip-off from TD Garden Sunday afternoon at 1:00 PM ET on ABC.

Joel Pavón

Photo used courtesy of NBC Sports Boston

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