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Khris Middleton not ready for Game 7 vs. Celtics?

Despite some optimism earlier in the week that Milwaukee Bucks All-Star Khris Middleton would return for Game 7, there’s now pessimism that will happen. ESPN insider Brian Windhorst says that things haven’t developed at Milwaukee hoped they might. “Earlier this week, the folks I was talking to were giving me some optimism about Middleton playing this weekend, but that has not happened. That has not developed,” Windhorst said. “And now I would say there’s pessimism about Sunday, and frankly, I have been told that even if the Bucks advance to the conference finals, there’d be pessimism he’d be ready to start.”

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski revealed as much during Thursday’s episode of NBA Countdown and even said he hasn’t fully been ruled out for a return in the Eastern Conference Semifinals against the Boston Celtics even though it appears unlikely: “There’s been some speculation about the possibility of him returning in this series. He’s listed out right now for Game 6. I’m told it’s unlikely he plays Game 6 even Game 7—not fully been ruled out, although that’s what it says on the injury report. But I’m told he’s making very good progress. If the Bucks were to win this series, close out the Celtics, I think you could very much expect to see Khris Middleton back for the Bucks in the conference finals.”

Khris Middleton could miss entire series vs. Boston

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports Bucks All-Star Khris Middleton could miss the entire potential second-round series as he continues to recover from a sprained MCL. Middleton suffered the injury on April 20 and although he initially was supposed to be reevaluated in 1-2 weeks, Wojnarowski says the team anticipates him missing even more time. “There’s not a sense that he’s going to get reevaluated at two weeks and then all of a sudden be back at practice and be ready to play,” Wojnarowski said Wednesday on NBA Today. “That’s a benchmark in this process. But the Bucks certainly, they’re on the cusp of getting by the Bulls here. They may have to get through another series, a conference semifinal, before they may have the opportunity to get Khris Middleton back in this season.”

Khris Middleton injury not serious?

Milwaukee Bucks star Khris Middleton suffered a hyperextended left knee late in the third quarter of Milwaukee’s 117-103 loss to the Celtics at TD Garden and did not return, but initial signs are that the injury won’t cause him to be out for a lengthy period of time. “We’ll know more tomorrow, but I think there’s some hope that it’s not serious,” Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer said. “But you’ve got to weigh it and give it time.”

That said, the Bucks felt optimistic Middleton’s injury wouldn’t be a long-term one. He was seen walking out of Milwaukee’s locker room under his own power after the game, and Budenholzer’s positive outlook was echoed by teammates Jrue Holiday and Giannis Antetokounmpo. “Don’t be hurt,” Holiday said with a smile, when asked what his message to Middleton was postgame. “Better be back next game.” “He’s positive [about it],” Holiday added. “But he never really shows a sign of weakness. He’s always going to be a positive person.”

Middleton is confident he will return this season, and although no timetable has been established it’s clear he is making steady progress in his recovery from surgery for a torn left hamstring. The 25-year-old shooting guard was on the Bucks’ trip to Cleveland this week and has been supporting his teammates during games and in the locker room. And he has been doing light jogging and shooting under the watchful eye of Bucks trainers and coaches at the Cousins Center, although he is being careful to follow each step in the recovery process.

Several NBA officials, in conversations concerning Middleton’s injury, said they were unaware of any player, at least in recent years, who sustained a similar injury. All of them also strongly felt Middleton’s season is over, contrary to the Bucks’ contentions that he could return late this season. At the time of Middleton’s setback, Bucks officials said Middleton would be sidelined for “approximately six months.’’ If that is indeed the case, Middleton could be available for about 13 of the Bucks’ final regular-season games as well as the playoffs, if they advanced to postseason.

Middleton knows he has a lot of work in front of him to regain his old form and be fully healthy again. He concedes he has no clue when he’ll return to action, adding, “Nah, I don’t know. Not yet.’’ But Middleton, who was all smiles while on the court the other day with his teammates, is optimistic about playing this season – as Bucks officials have stated. “I think I’ll be back at some point this season,’’ Middleton said. “When? I just don’t know yet.’’

Milwaukee Bucks General Manager John Hammond announced that guard Khris Middleton underwent successful surgery yesterday to repair his ruptured left hamstring. The surgery was performed at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York by Dr. David Altchek. Middleton is expected to be sidelined for approximately six months. A timeline for his return to basketball activity will be established at a later date. Middleton suffered the injury during preseason workouts on Sept. 20.

Middleton, arguably the Bucks’ best all-around player last season, had torn his left hamstring. At the team’s annual Media Day on Monday, Middleton revealed how severely he tore the hamstring. “It tore completely off the bone,’’ Middleton said. Middleton is expected to have surgery Wednesday in New York. It will be performed by Dr. David Altchek, the same surgeon who performed successful knee surgery on Bucks forward Jabari Parker on Jan. 5, 2015.
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