Michael Beasley MRI Reveals Hyperextended Knee Injury, Will Miss Multiple Games

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistMarch 1, 2017

CLEVELAND, OH - FEBRUARY 27: Thon Maker #7 and Greg Monroe #15 help Michael Beasley #9 of the Milwaukee Bucks off the court after Beasley was injured during the first half against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena on February 27, 2017 in Cleveland, Ohio. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
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The Milwaukee Bucks announced on Tuesday that forward Michael Beasley would miss at least three games with a hyperextended left knee.

Beasley, who suffered the injury on Monday night against the Cleveland Cavaliers, had an MRI on Tuesday morning. He will be re-evaluated after missing contests against the Denver Nuggets, Los Angeles Clippers and Toronto Raptors.

Given how gruesome the injury looked, however, the prognosis for Beasley is about as positive as could have been expected. At the time of the injury, it looked as though the Bucks might be facing their second major knee injury of the year after young star Jabari Parker was lost for the season earlier in February after tearing the ACL in his left knee.

Beasley, 28, has been a solid role player off the bench for Milwaukee this season, averaging 9.7 points, 3.6 rebounds and 1.0 assists in 17.1 minutes per game. He's appeared in 50 contests for the Bucks, starting five.

And his head coach, Jason Kidd, believes he should be in the running for the Most Improved Player award, according to ESPN.com.

"He's been asked to come off the bench, he's been asked to start and he doesn't complain," Kidd said. "He goes out there every night and puts us in a position to win."

At this point, the Bucks can't afford to lose any key players for an extended period of time. The Bucks were 26-32 coming into Tuesday night, just 1.5 games behind the Detroit Pistons for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Every game will be key for the Bucks down the stretch.

While Beasley is sidelined, Mirza Teletovic, Thon Maker and Greg Monroe should all see their roles expand.