Eric Nehm @eric_nehm The Bucks injury report for Game 6 tomorrow night has been submitted. OUT: Khris Middleton (left MCL sprain) – 5:54 PM
Brian Mahoney @briancmahoney The Bucks really might win a playoff series without Giannis last year and without Middleton this year. Both times, lucky to still have Holiday out there. – 9:57 PM
Micah Adams @MicahAdams13 Bucks might really win this series without Khris Middleton after the Celtics just swept Durant and Kyrie. They play with a level of competitiveness and will that’s just almost impossible to match. That’s a direct reflection of Giannis. He sets the tone and elevates everyone. – 9:51 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA Just a massive missed opportunity for the Celtics. Couldn’t close Game 3. Epic collapse in Game 5. And no Middleton. Windows only open VERY briefly and sometimes only by the slimmest amount. You have to get through them when they do. – 9:46 PM
Chris Fedor @ChrisFedor … and the reigning champion Bucks don’t even have Khris Middleton. Guts. Toughness. Resiliency. Championship mettle. – 9:45 PM
Tim Bontemps @TimBontemps Last year, the Bucks learned how to win 16 games. They’re teaching the Celtics how hard it is in this series. Now they’re one win from the conference finals – and with Khris Middleton still watching in street clothes. – 9:43 PM
J. Michael Falgoust @ThisIsJMichael You know you excuse makers who try to discredit other players’ championships to uplift your team/favorite players when they lose: when you’re made of championship stuff, you get it done. Series far from over but see Milwaukee minus Middleton and Phoenix w/o Booker – 9:42 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed Devastating loss for the Celtics and incredible win for the Bucks. No Middleton, some problems, but not enough for that Giannis & that Bucks’ defense to overcome. – 9:40 PM
Sam Vecenie @Sam_Vecenie Man, Middleton being out is just a killer for Milwaukee’s offense in the halfcourt against this Boston team. Such a bummer. They need one more guy. – 7:59 PM
Sean Grande @SeanGrandePBP Bucks at Celtics– TD Garden – May 11, 2022 – Game 5 Starters Boston – Smart, Brown, Tatum, Horford, G. Williams Milwaukee – Jrue Holiday, Wes Matthews, Grayson Allen, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Brook Lopez OUT: Boston: R. Williams, Hauser Milwaukee: Middleton pic.twitter.com/CvsevtWlSI – 7:03 PM
Jamal Collier @JamalCollier Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer said Khris Middleton has been able to do some activity on the court recently. “He’s done a little bit on the court and we’re feeling good about where he is and optimistic. But it’s kind of the same update it’s been for the last handful of days” – 5:50 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA Mike Budenholzer said the Bucks are feeling “optimistic” about Khris Middleton’s progress, but that he’s in the same place as far as returning to play. – 5:38 PM
Justin Garcia @tmjgarcia Bud says Middleton has been able to do a little bit of on court work and adds we’re feeling good about where he is and optimistic – 5:33 PM
Jay King @ByJayKing Mike Budenholzer said Khris Middleton has done “a little bit” on the court. They’re feeling “optimistic” about his progress, but no update beyond that. – 5:33 PM
Eric Nehm @eric_nehm We’ll talk with Mike Budenholzer in about 45 minutes to find out final statuses, but this is the Bucks’ injury report for Game 5 in Boston tonight: Probable: George Hill (abdominal strain) OUT: Khris Middleton (left MCL sprain) – 4:49 PM
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski revealed as much during Thursday’s episode of NBA Countdown and even said he hasn’t fully been ruled out for a return in the Eastern Conference Semifinals against the Boston Celtics even though it appears unlikely: “There’s been some speculation about the possibility of him returning in this series. He’s listed out right now for Game 6. I’m told it’s unlikely he plays Game 6 even Game 7—not fully been ruled out, although that’s what it says on the injury report. But I’m told he’s making very good progress. If the Bucks were to win this series, close out the Celtics, I think you could very much expect to see Khris Middleton back for the Bucks in the conference finals.” -via Bleacher Report / May 12, 2022
WWE has announced additional matches for Friday Night SmackDown as two singles matches have been added to the card.
Xavier Woods vs. Butch and Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Sami Zayn were announced this afternoon on WWE’s website.
When Nakamura attempted to call out Roman Reigns for his attack several weeks ago, Zayn came out instead as he was out to prove he can be an asset to The Bloodline. Zayn recently beat Nakamura with a Helluva Kick to earn a count-out victory.
Last week on SmackDown, Butch earned a win over Kofi Kingston. Woods has two wins thus far over Butch.
While away from in-ring action, he has been working behind the scenes in AEW and is part of the development team for AEW’s upcoming video game. Despite rumblings that he could be close to making a return, that’s not the case.
The Young Bucks recently teased that when Omega is healthy he would return and face Vikingo. Dave Meltzer reported in the latest edition of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter that “there isn’t even close to a date set for Omega to return.” He added that the third AAA TripleMania event isn’t until October and if Omega is healthy then this was a match he personally asked for.
Vikingo won the vacant AAA Mega Championship after Omega vacated the title at the end of 2021.
Omega previously stated that he hoped to be back in action by February, but admitted at the time that he was a little too optimistic and that turned out to be the case.
This week on “The Extreme Life of Matt Hardy,” Hardy discussed the relationship between Bray Wyatt and Vince McMahon, as well as Bray’s overall creativity.
Matt Hardy explaining the relationship between Bray Wyatt and Vince McMahon:
“Windham (Bray Wyatt) has always had a very strange relationship with Vince, very strange, like, I almost felt like Vince looked at him like a son in some ways,” Hardy said.
“When he would do things that he liked, he would love him and he would really give him everything that he could possibly give him. He would bend over backwards to try and accommodate him. But then when he did something he didn’t like, he hated, like he was going to lock him away for good.”
“It was almost like a really weird, a really strange and different duality that Vince shared with Bray. When he liked him or loved him, he was all about him. But when he disliked him, oh my god, it was really bad and he would like punish him and insult him. To me, it was so strange. It was almost like a parent.”
Matt talking about the creativeness of Bray Wyatt:
“He’s just an out of the box thinker. He’s also a very interesting person. Some of the material that he reads and studies is stuff that is just really out of the blue, things that you wouldn’t expect.”
“He’s a very well versed and educated person and he has a lot of interests. I feel like that makes him overly creative in many ways. His thought process of trying to do things new and differently is very unique and very special just to himself. Not a lot of people think like he does. He’s very unique and it really is a very special talent and gift that he has when it comes to being creative.”