The Athletic’s Shams Charania reported that Milwaukee Bucks star Khris Middleton’s medial collateral ligament (MCL) injury will keep him out of the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Boston Celtics and maybe even further into the postseason if the Bucks progress.
Middleton, who suffered a Grade 2 sprain in his left knee in Game 2 of the first-round series against the Chicago Bulls, has a Grade 2 sprain, according to Charania. According to initial reports, Middleton would be out for at least two weeks, with the Bucks hitting that mark by Game 3 of the series against Boston, set for May 7 in Milwaukee. However, according to Charania, the injury “puts a potential Conference Finals for him in peril.”
In the series with the Bulls, the Bucks won all three of their games without Middleton, and they did so quickly, but the Celtics provided a much more difficult test. Both the Bucks and the Celtics concluded the season 51-31.
Middleton’s absence will be significant, according to Bucks assistant Mike Dunlap, who also observed that postseason life isn’t fair. Last year, in the Eastern Conference finals against the Atlanta Hawks, Milwaukee lost Giannis Antetokounmpo to a knee injury. Still, Middleton was among many who rose to the occasion, leading the Bucks to two wins and a trip to their first NBA Finals since 1974.
Bulls series: ultimately D stood out
along w, their injuries & Covid being a huge factor. Yep, missing KM a big deal too. Fact: playoff life not fair, luck made w/ togetherness & gritty D, & having players that can create & make shots. Precision, execution,
— Mike Dunlap (@CoachMikeDunlap) April 28, 2022
According to Dunlap, “Luck was created via teamwork, tenacious defense, and guys who can generate and make shots. Precision, execution, and attention to detail are important.