The Milwaukee Bucks seem fated to never be fully healthy again. Days after Khris Middleton returned from a knee injury, sixth man Bobby Portis reportedly sustained a sprained MCL in his right knee, per Shams Charania of The Athletic.
Portis will reportedly miss at least two weeks due to the injury, per Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.
Milwaukee Bucks forward Bobby Portis is expected to miss a minimum of two weeks with an MCL sprain in his right knee, sources tell ESPN. It's expected that Portis will be reevaluated at the two week mark.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) January 25, 2023
The team will reportedly reevaluate Portis after two weeks to get a better sense of when he can return.
The team has not issued a statement about the injury and has not provided an official timetable for Portis' recovery. Bucks guard Pat Connaughton briefly addressed the issue Wednesday, but kept it vague when discussing Portis' injury, saying the team will approach the situation with a "next-man-up mentality."
— Lance Allan (@lanceallan) January 25, 2023
Portis, 27, is in the midst of yet another strong season off the bench. In 26.8 minutes per game, Portis is averaging 14.4 points and 10.1 rebounds. There's a case he's been the best sixth man in the league this season.
The injury comes at a frustrating time for the Bucks. Middleton returned Monday after missing 18 games with a knee injury. He's played in just eight games this season due to various ailments.
The Bucks have done a good job weathering Middleton's absence. The team sits at 30-17, good for third place in the Eastern Conference. Middleton's return should help keep them near the top of the conference, but losing Portis for an extended period of time is a rough blow for a team that looked like it was finally ready to operate at full strength.