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NBA - US Sports: Middleton out for Games 3 and 4

Milwaukee Bucks forward Khris Middleton will miss the next two games against Boston Celtics but could return before the series reaches a conclusion.

The two teams are level at 1-1 ahead of Game 3 in Milwaukee on Saturday.  The Bucks can be backed at 4/6 to win in the Money Line and Boston are 13/10.

Bucks coping well in star's absence

Middleton has been missing since the second game of Milwaukee's first-round series against the Chicago Bulls with a sprained MCL.

The Bucks have coped well in his absence, winning three games against Chicago and then splitting the first two games with the Celtics in Boston to leave the series finely poised at 1-1 ahead of the next two clashes in Milwaukee.

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Coach Mike Budenholzer confirmed on Thursday that Middleton won't be available for the next two games but he refused to rule out a return at some stage during the best-of-seven series with Boston.

"We feel really good about where he is," said Budenholzer, via Fox6. "We continue to hope he makes progress."

When asked if Middleton could return during the series with Boston, Budenholzer replied "we'll see".

Hill closing in on return

The Bucks may be able to call on reserve guard George Hill on Saturday after he participated in practice on Thursday.

Hill, who averaged 6.2 points-per-game, 2.9 rebounds and 2.2 assists in the regular season, is yet to feature in the playoffs due to an abdominal strain, but he now appears to be close to making a comeback, although Budenholzer also remained guarded on his availability for Saturday's game.

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