Milwaukee Bucks guard Khris Middleton exited Monday’s contest against the Boston Celtics because of a hyperextended left knee.
The Bucks’ coach Mike Budenholzer told reporters that there were strong indications that the injury will not be serious. The Bucks played without Middleton for the most part of the second half and conceded a blowout loss (103-117) in Boston.
“We’ll know more tomorrow, but I think there’s some hope that it’s not serious,” Budenholzer said. “But you’ve got to weigh it and give it time.”
Middleton was having a quiet night with four points on 2-of-8 shooting. He has previously missed time due to injury and COVID with the All-Star swingman trying to find his groove after a long summer.
The veteran forward participated in the Tokyo Olympics after helping the Bucks to the NBA title last summer. He had limited time to rest.
Milwaukee is strong enough to weather Middleton’s absence for a few games in the regular season. In the long term, however, the Bucks will need Middleton at pick form to have any chance to repeat after last year’s triumph.