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Bucks Lose Khris Middleton For Rest of Series vs. Bulls

The Bucks’ SF/SG suffered an MCL sprain that will sideline him for 3-4 weeks.

Khris Middleton Injury Update Milwaukee Bucks Chicago Bulls Playoffs
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During the Chicago Bulls’ 114-110 win over Milwaukee on Wednesday, Bucks’ SF/SG Khris Middleton left the game with knee soreness. He slipped on a play at the rim in the fourth quarter. An MRI revealed an MCL sprain that will sideline Middleton for 3-4 weeks, meaning he will miss the rest of the first-round series vs. the Bulls.

Middleton was a huge part of the Bucks’ surge in the third quarter, tallying 13 points in the frame. Once he left the game, Alex Caruso was able to help on Giannis Antetokounmpo.

Losing Khris Middleton is a huge loss for the Bucks. The Bulls need to take advantage of his absence by preparing to double Antetokounmpo. Caruso’s main assignment to date has been guarding Middleton. But with how much the Bucks forced switches, Caruso was always left scrambling back to Middleton since he is the only Bull who matched up well. When Middleton left the game, Caruso was then able to shadow whoever was guarding Antetokounmpo, slowing down Milwaukee’s pace.

Now that Alex Caruso will be more available to help, the Chicago Bulls can focus more on Milwaukee’s other shooters, Wesley Matthews and Jrue Holiday. Matthews is 5-9 from the three-point line in the series. Holiday has 15 points in each game. The Milwaukee Bucks will need to look to their bench players to become primary scoring options, which is a tall ask.

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