Bucks star Khris Middleton has COVID-19, team confirms

Khris Middleton
Milwaukee Bucks' Khris Middleton (22) shoots over Brooklyn Nets' Jevon Carter during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

MILWAUKEE — Milwaukee Bucks forward Khris Middleton has COVID-19, coach Mike Budenholzer confirmed Tuesday.

Middleton missed Sunday night’s game against Utah due to what the team described as a non-COVID illness at the time, but Budenholzer said Middleton still didn’t feel well the next day, and the team got the positive test results back today.

Middleton has played in 6 games for the Bucks this year, averaging 20 points per game, along with 4.5 assists, 4.7 rebounds and 2.0 steals per game.

NBA players who test positive for COVID-19 must remain in isolation until 10 days after the first positive test or onset of symptoms and 24 hours since the fever broke, or until he provides two negative PCR tests 24 hours apart.

His absence means the team will be without its second-best scoring option behind Giannis Antetokounmpo while also dealing with injuries to fellow starters Jrue Holiday and Brook Lopez.

The short-handed defending world champions have stumbled out of the gates so far after having the shortest offseason of any NBA team, getting off to a 3-4 start in the new season. They play the Detroit Pistons Tuesday night.