The Milwaukee Bucks and All-Star Khris Middleton got some unfortunate news Thursday morning ahead of their playoff series against the Boston Celtics. According to Shams Charania, Middleton is expected to miss the entire second round with an MCL sprain.
Middleton’s injury is considered “Grade-2,” making him questionable to return during a potential conference final series as well, per Shams. His absence is certainly a massive one for the Bucks, who will have to lean more on bench shooters like Pat Connaughton and Grayson Allen for scoring. Connaughton most recently scored 20 points in the Bucks’ series-clinching win over the Chicago Bulls, shooting 7-of-11 from three-point range.
However, the Bucks were facing the 16th-ranked defensive team in the NBA in the Bulls (112 points allowed per game). They go from that to the Celtics, who led the NBA with 104.5 opposing points per game.
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It goes without saying that the Celtics’ defensive job gets a hell of a lot easier with Middleton out of the Bucks’ lineup. They still face a big a challenge as they could face throughout the playoffs in defending first-team All-NBA big man Giannis Antetokounmpo.
The Celtics-Bucks playoff series is scheduled to start on Sunday, May 1 with a 1 p.m. ET start time. Here’s the full schedule.
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