Milwaukee Bucks Lose Key Reserve To MCL Sprain

Just when they finally get Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton back in the lineup together, the Milwaukee Bucks will once again not be 'whole', as they've now lost top Sixth Man of the Year candidate Bobby Portis to an MCL sprain.

Portis has been crucial filling in for 14 starts to help the Bucks get through the absences of Giannis and Middleton, and is averaging 14.4 points, 10.1 rebounds and 49.9% shooting. There's no word yet on how long he'll be out.

The 6'10" Portis was injured during the Bucks' Monday night blowout of the Detroit Pistons, 150-130. He had 18 points and 10 rebounds in 23 minutes before having to exit the game.

Portis's minutes had shot up with Middleton (and Giannis) out, and he delivered, with five double-doubles in seven games in January.

More second-unit minutes will now likely open up for the likes of Jordan Nwora, Joe Ingles and Pat Connaughton, in Portis's absence.

The 27-year-old big man has averaged 13.4 points, 8.6 rebounds and 39.8% shooting from three-point land in his three seasons with the Bucks. He's become an invaluable presence off the bench, and in the locker room, with his vocal leadership. 

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