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Khris Middleton to miss second round series vs. Celtics with sprained MCL, Conference Finals in jeopardy as well

The Bucks guard is out for the rest of the first round.

NBA 2022 Playoffs - Chicago Bulls v Milwaukee Bucks

May 14 update: Middleton remains out for Game 7 with the sprained MCL. There was some hope he could eventually suit up, but the star guard will have to wait until the conference finals if the Bucks advance.

April 28 update: Khris Middleton’s MCL injury is a grade 2 sprain, per Shams Charania. The Bucks’ All-Star is expected to miss the entire second round series vs. the Celtics, and Charania is reporting the recovery puts the potential Conference Finals in jeopardy as well.

April 21 update: Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting Middleton will be re-evaluated in two weeks, which puts him out of the rest of the first round against the Bulls. There was some earlier reporting of Middleton missing 3-4 weeks, but for now the timeline is two weeks.

April 21 update: Middleton is expected to miss 3-4 weeks with a sprained MCL, per Dario Melendez of WISN 12. This changes the complexion of the first round series against the Bulls, who can take a 3-1 lead after two games at home. Middleton would miss the second round as well if Milwaukee advances but could return if the Bucks get to the conference finals again.

Update: Middleton was officially diagnosed with a sprained MCL, which is a big concern now for the Bucks in their desire to repeat. The guard will have a MRI Thursday to determine the severity of the injury but this is potentially a devastating blow to Milwaukee’s championship hopes.

Update: Middleton has officially been ruled out for the rest of Game 2 against the Bulls, per the team. It’s officially a knee injury, which is concerning going forward for the Bucks.

The Milwaukee Bucks saw star shooting guard Khris Middleton exit Game 2 against the Chicago Bulls Wednesday and head to the locker room with a leg injury. Middleton was struggling in the first half of this game, but had turned things around as the Bucks attempted to mount a comeback in the second half.

Middleton had 18 points, eight assists and five rebounds when he left the game in the fourth quarter with Milwaukee down eight. The Bucks got close in the third quarter but the Bulls were able to open up a big lead again with a 9-0 run to begin the final frame. We’ll see if the defending champions can close the gap or if they’ll head to Chicago with the series tied 1-1.

The Bucks entered as 10-point favorites on DraftKings Sportsbook, but are 5.5-point underdogs on the live line as the game winds down.