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Khris Middleton expected to be sidelined for 3-4 weeks

Bucks, Khris Middleton

Milwaukee Bucks swingman Khris Middleton will be sidelined 3-4 weeks with a left thigh contusion, according to Matt Velazquez of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Middleton suffered the injury on Sunday in Milwaukee’s road win against the Oklahoma City Thunder.

On the season, Middleton is averaging 18.5 points, 5.7 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game for the Bucks. He’s shooting 46.8 percent from the field, 39.3 percent from beyond the arc and 88.6 percent from the free-throw line.

After defeating the Thunder, Milwaukee improved to 7-3 on the season.

Middleton signed a five-year, $178 million contract with the Bucks this summer. He put up 18.3 points, 6.0 rebounds and 4.3 assists last season while shooting 44.1 percent from the floor, 37.8 percent from the 3-point line and 83.7 percent from the charity stripe.

With Kawhi Leonard leaving the Eastern Conference for the Los Angeles Clippers, the Bucks have a good chance of winning the East in 2019-20. Milwaukee lost to the Raptors in the 2019 Eastern Conference Finals in six games.

The Bucks’ core is headlined by reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo, Khris Middleton, Brook Lopez, Eric Bledsoe and George Hill. Milwaukee signed Brook’s brother Robin Lopez in free agency. The team did lose guard Malcolm Brogdon to the Indiana Pacers, but was able to sign Kyle Korver and Wesley Matthews.

Middleton, 28, has career averages of 15.7 points in 465 NBA games.