Middleton’s status for the rest of the campaign with the Chicago Bulls is in doubt after he sustained a knee injury in Game 2. Mike Budenholzer stated after Milwaukee’s 114-110 loss that Middleton has a sprained medial collateral ligament in his left knee. Budenholzer said Middleton would need to have an MRI on Thursday.
The series is tied as one as they head to Game 3 on Friday. Middleton fell out of Game 2 with 6:49 left after his left leg gave out while trying to plant on a spin move. Middleton initially wanted to walk it off but went to the locker room. “You could see that he was limping, limping and limping,” Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo said. “You’re thinking, I hope this is not bad.’ We need this guy. Then, when he asks for a sub, you know it bothers him because he doesn’t leave the game if he’s not hurt.”
Middleton had eighteen points as well as eight assists before leaving the game. The 30-year-old has an average of 20.1 points, 5.4 rebounds, and 5.4 assists and played a vital role in the Bucks’ title run last season, averaging at least 21.5 points in each playoff series. He had 24 points, 6.3 rebounds, and 5.3 assists each game in the NBA Finals.
“Khris is one of the best players on the team,” said Antetokounmpo. “If he’s not able to be with us, it will be a tremendous loss. But at the end of the day, we’ve got guys that hopefully can step up, and we can still do our job and compete and enjoy the game; hopefully, it’s not something severe, and he can come back and join us. Very soon.”