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Reports: Bucks’ Khris Middleton (knee) out indefinitely

Dec 25, 2021; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA;  Milwaukee Bucks forward Khris Middleton (22) reacts after being called for a foul during the second quarter against tbe Boston Celtics at Fiserv Forum. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

An MRI exam Thursday confirmed a left knee MCL sprain for Khris Middleton, and the Milwaukee Bucks forward is expected to be sidelined at least through the current first-round playoff series against the Chicago Bulls, according to multiple reports.

Middleton was injured with 6:49 remaining in Game 2. Adding to the unsettling feeling of the injury was the Bucks’ 114-110 defeat to the Bulls, as the series was evened at a game each heading into Game 3 at Chicago on Friday.

“Obviously Khris is one of the best players on the team,” Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo said in the aftermath of Wednesday’s defeat. “If he’s not able to be with us, it going to be a tremendous loss for us.”

Middleton, who averaged 20.1 points with 5.4 rebounds and 5.4 assists in the regular season, did miss 16 games in the regular season. Milwaukee went 7-9 in those games.

Milwaukee’s Bobby Portis also left Game 2 with a right eye abrasion.

–Field Level Media