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Report: Bucks’ Khris Middleton to sit out series vs. Celtics

Apr 17, 2022; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Khris Middleton (22) shoots against Chicago Bulls guard Alex Caruso (6) during the fourth quarter during game one of the first round for the 2022 NBA playoffs at Fiserv Forum. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Milwaukee Bucks forward Khris Middleton has been diagnosed with a Grade 2 sprain of his left MCL and is expected to sit out the entire Eastern Conference second-round series against the Boston Celtics, The Athletic reported on Thursday.

Per the report, the recovery time for a Grade 2 sprain also puts Middleton’s availability for a potential conference finals appearance in jeopardy.

Third-seeded Milwaukee begins its second-round series at second-seeded Boston on Sunday afternoon.

Middleton, 30, sustained the injury during the fourth quarter of Game 2 in the Bucks’ first-round series against the Chicago Bulls on April 20. Milwaukee dispatched sixth-seeded Chicago in five games.

A three-time All-Star, Middleton averaged 20.1 points, 5.4 rebounds and 5.4 assists in 66 games this season.

–Field Level Media