NBA Reacts To ‘Celtics Killer’ Khris Middleton Injury Update As He’s Unlikely To Play Vs. Boston

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  • Khris Middleton went down with an MCL sprain in Game 2 of the Bucks’ 1st Round playoff matchup
  • The big man will likely miss the entire second round, and possibly a Conference Finals series
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The Milwaukee Bucks’ NBA title chances took a massive blow in Game 2 of their first-round matchup with the Bulls.

The team lost its second leading scorer behind Giannis Antetokounmpo, as Middleton averaged more than 20 points a night in the regular season. The forward also ranked third on the squad in both steals and assists, helping the defending champs win 51 games.

Luckily, the absence didn’t hurt the Bucks in their opening series with Chicago.

In three games with Middleton out of the lineup, Milwaukee went a perfect 3-0, winning each contest by double figures. Now, though, the competition stiffens.

The Bucks will have to face No. 2 seed Boston, who’s fresh off a series sweep of NBA championship contender Brooklyn. And on Thursday, the team received some bad news on Middleton’s playing status.

Khris Middleton is likely to miss the entire round two series, and possibly more.

NBA insider Shams Charania reports that Middleton suffered a Grade 2 sprain, putting an immediate return to the court in doubt. Charania says that the forward is likely to miss the entire series with the Celtics, and possibly a Conference Finals matchup if Milwaukee advances.

It’s a big blow for the Bucks, as Middleton is a glue guy that keeps the team together.

Now, teams will focus more on leading scorer Antetokounmpo as they look to lock down the Milwaukee attack. Making things worse, Middleton has had success against the Celtics in the past.

Over the last four seasons, Middleton is averaging a tick under 20 points a night versus Boston. That includes a 19.2-point output in NBA Playoff games.

Milwaukee will need to find out how to replace that production in a crucial round two series.

NBA world reacts to Khris Middleton injury update

With a key piece of the Bucks’ lineup going down, the NBA world has been quick to react to the unfortunate update on Middleton’s injury.

Take a look.

We’ll see Giannis is able to lead the Bucks to victory without his wingman. Game 1 will tip off on off Sunday in Boston.