Khris Middleton wasn’t supposed to play in the deer conference semifinal series against the Celtics due to a Grade 2 MCL sprain he suffered in the first-round series against the Bulls.
On top of that, the Bucks forward could potentially miss the conference finals if Milwaukee advances that far.
But, on Thursday, the Bucks provided a more positive update on Middleton saying he is still progressing while in rehab. Could this lead to an earlier than expected return for the striker?
“Milwaukee Bucks forward Khris Middleton continues to make steady progress in rehabilitating his left knee injury and additional updates will be provided as appropriate,” the team’s press release reads.
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However, Mike Budenholzer didn’t really give an update on when fans should expect to see Middleton back on the pitch.
The coach clarified that the striker will be absent for games 3 and 4, which will take place on Saturday and Monday. Beyond that, Budenholzer said “we’ll see” when Middleton returns.
With the Bucks and Celtics currently tied at one game a play in the series, there will be Game 5. It remains unclear whether Middleton will be healthy enough to return for that game, which is scheduled for Wednesday the 11th. may. An uncertain answer is almost better than a definite “out” status for the Bucks at this point.
Middleton has only played two games this post-season due to his MCL sprain. During the regular season, he averaged 20.1 points, 5.4 rebounds and 5.4 assists in 66 games.
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