The Milwaukee Bucks looked poised to start their run back into the playoff picture Wednesday with the return of shooting guard Khris Middleton.
The Bucks have hung around the playoffs this season despite missing their starting shooting guard for the first 50 games of the season largely due to the breakout seasons of forwards Giannis Antetokounmpo and Jabari Parker. But just when it looked like things were taking the turn for the better they needed, injury struck again.
Parker left Wednesday’s game against the Miami Heat due to a non-contact knee injury. According to Zach Lowe of ESPN, the former Duke forward has torn his ACL, and will not return this season.
Bad news: MRI shows JaBari Parker has torn his ACL again, league sources say. Official update from Bucks expected shortly.
— Zach Lowe (@ZachLowe_NBA) February 9, 2017
Parker missed his entire rookie season due to a torn ACL. He looked to have recovered nicely this season until this unfortunate turn of events.
The third-year forward will reportedly enter a 12-month rehab program for his knee. It’s a brutal break for a young and exciting team like the Bucks, and shows they may be more than one piece away from truly contending for a championship, despite the MVP-caliber play of Antetokounmpo.