Bucks’ Khris Middleton Rehabbing Knee, Hopes for Playoff Return

Bucks small forward Khris Middleton underwent an MRI on his right knee injury with results showing no serious issues, per Shams Charania and Zach Harper of The Athletic.Khris Middleton

Now, Middleton will spend the next rehabbing in an effort to get ready for the playoffs, which tip off next weekend. The Bucks (58-22) won the Central Division title and landed the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference.

Middleton, 31, has been battling knee and other injury issues since before the season. Still, he’s managed to appear in 33 games and compile averages of 15.2 points, 4.9 assists, 4.2 rebounds and 44 percent shooting. He is also a 90 percent shooter from the line — an underrated stat when you start talking about the playoffs.

He re-aggravated the knee injury in Wednesday’s win over the Bulls.

“It’s just kind of right knee soreness, a reaggravation of something we’ve been working on with him all year,” coach Mike Budenholzer said after the game. “I think we want to be our best night in and night out. To have the best record is something that matters and is important. But being our best is what we talk about the most. And now we get to take a breath. I have no idea what we’ll do Friday or Sunday, but we’ll take a breath tonight, the guys have earned it.”

The Bucks have also been without starting shooting guard Grayson Allen, who suffered a right ankle sprain. They are hoping he too can play in the first game of the postseason.

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