Khris Middleton and the Milwaukee Bucks are the reigning NBA champions who are looking to be the first team since the Warriors to go back-to-back. However, even as the 4th seed in the East, they have not looked as dominant as reigning NBA champions should. The runners up of last season, the Phoenix Suns, broke their franchise record in wins but Milwaukee was 12 games behind them this season.
So far in the NBA playoffs, the Milwaukee Bucks are 1-1 with the 6th seeded Bulls.
Khris Middleton will not suit up for the Milwaukee Bucks
The Milwaukee Bucks attempted to repeat their success from last season. Giannis did so by finishing 3rd in the MVP voting. He also helped the Bucks to a tied 2nd place record of 51 wins in the East. Yet it looks like they are yet another team that squandered home-court advantage by splitting the season series with Chicago.
However, in Game 2, the Bucks not only lost the game but also lost Khris Middleton. With 7 minutes left in the 4th, Chicago was up big. In an attempt to make a comeback Khris was on the floor. But during a layup attempt, slipped and fell horribly. He did not return to the game.
Khris Middleton got an MRI taken and the results were not good. He suffered a sprained MCL, which will keep him out of the lineup for the rest of this series and maybe more. This is scary news because the Bucks are the 3rd best offensive team in the league and about 20 of those points come from Khris.
They could not slow down DeMar DeRozan in Game 2 but could have probably outscored them with Khris on the team in the series. The Bulls are a very inconsistent team dealing with a lot of their injuries for months. They dropped from the 1st seed to the 6th seed in what felt like a blink of an eye. But they could redeem it all if they just capitalize on the injury and beat the Milwaukee Bucks.
Can the Milwaukee Bucks slow down the Bulls without Khris Middleton? Guess we’ll get a clearer answer in game 3 tonight.