The injury bug is following the Milwaukee Bucks.
On Wednesday, the team announced power forward/center and double-double machine Bobby Portis will miss some time due to an MCL sprain in his right knee as well as a right ankle sprain. Portis was injured in Monday's game against Detroit.
The news comes just days after the Bucks returned All-Stars Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton and proceeded to demoralize the Pistons, 150-130. Antetokounmpo has missed 11 games this season, including five straight before playing Monday. Middleton has appeared in only eight contests.
Portis, 27, arguably has been the most valuable player on Milwaukee’s roster this season. He will be reevaluated in two weeks.
Across 47 games in 2022-23 – Portis hasn’t missed a contest to date – the fan favorite is averaging 14.4 points, a career-high 10.1 rebounds and 1.8 assists, shooting 49.9% overall.
Portis has made collecting double-doubles his niche in his eighth NBA season and third with the Bucks. He has 29 such games through a little more than half of the campaign and owns season highs of 25 points (Dec. 13 vs. Golden State) and 21 rebounds (Nov. 5 vs. Oklahoma City).
Without Portis, the Bucks likely will spread his minutes around, meaning an increase in playing time could happen for players such as rookie MarJon Beauchamp, Joe Ingles and second-year big Sandro Mamukelashvili, who’s on a two-way contract.
Milwaukee resumes action Wednesday night at 7 p.m. vs. Denver on Bally Sports Wisconsin.