In the Eastern Conference semifinals, Milwaukee Bucks all-star Khris Middleton spoke Monday afternoon, wearing a sleeve that covered his left leg under his shorts, about how proud he was of his teammates for pushing the Boston Celtics to a seventh game – though he said he was never in a position to play Games 6 and 7.
He replied, "I wanted to.". "But, after consulting with our training staff and talking to the doctors, they told me that going back to the field so soon was too risky.".
I continued to work every day to find a way to return to the field. It just didn't work out for me this time."
After sustaining an injury against the Chicago Bulls on April 20, Middleton was diagnosed with a Grade 2 sprain of his left medial collateral ligament.
Middleton was asked whether he would've been able to play in the Eastern Conference finals if the Bucks had advanced.
My thinking was that this was a type of injury where I could sort of work through it and I wouldn't have to wait as long to get back on the field.
Nevertheless, it was one of those injuries where I had to take it very seriously and listen to the trainers and doctors, rather than try to rush and put myself at risk of tearing my Achilles tendon again.
He was doing some light on-court work during the Boston series, but he said now it was a day-to-day evaluation to see how he felt, if there was swelling after working out, and then the clearance that the ligament was fully healed
While his offseason begins, he said it should heal on its own.
In terms of his recovery, he said that every day had been a positive step forward. This was something I was extremely happy about, something everybody was extremely happy about.
There was just a point where you couldn't push it further and have a setback. I was working every day to get out there again, but the timing wasn't on my side."
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