Bucks star Khris Middleton suffers sprained MCL against Bulls

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Bucks star Khris Middleton suffers sprained MCL against Bulls originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago

The Milwaukee Bucks were dealt two blows on Wednesday.

First, the Bucks lost home-court advantage after the Chicago Bulls stole Game 2 with a 114-110 win behind DeMar DeRozan's 41 points.

Now, the 2021 NBA champions can surely go into Chicago and reclaim the series edge. However, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Co. will have to do so without a star player.

Head coach Mike Budenholzer revealed after the game star forward Khris Middleton suffered a sprained MCL:

Middleton suffered the injury late in the second half and was not able to finish out the game.

He underwent an MRI on Thursday, and he reportedly will not return for the rest of the first-round series:

The 30-year-old forward averaged 20.1 points, 5.4 rebounds and 5.4 assists on a 44-37-89 shooting split during the regular season. His numbers are down from last year, but he proved he could take his play to another level during Milwaukee's 2021 title run, which included a 40-point game in Game 4 of the NBA Finals.