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Bucks forward Jabari Parker leaves with sprained left knee

10 February 2017

Midway through the third quarter, Jabari Parker drove toward the basket, planted his left foot and was greeted with excruciating pain.

That shock turned somber Wednesday night, with the team initially calling it a knee sprain, and through Thursday morning, as fans waited for news about the injury's severity and tweeted messages of both optimism and dread.

Over the course of his abbreviated stretch from 2016-2017, Parker averaged a single-season career-high 33.9 minutes per game.

Up-and-coming shooting guard Zach LaVine of the Minnesota Timberwolves sustained an ACL tear in his left knee in Friday's loss to the Detroit Pistons and will miss the rest of the season.

That's the toughest part about this unfortunate news - just how far Parker had come from his first ACL injury.

In his third National Basketball Association season, Milwaukee Bucks forward Jabari Parker was enjoying a breakout year.

Parker's three-point play with 1:07 left in the half got the Bucks within six but the Heat recovered and took a 55-44 lead into halftime.

On the night Middleton returned from hamstring surgery after missing 50 games, the Bucks lost Parker. And whether Parker can hold up and avoid another serious knee injury for the remainder of his career - that, too, is a big question that nobody knows the answer to. Without him for this season, the Bucks may shift Khris Middleton to the three little more than expected while Malcolm Brogdon benefits.

And here's a comparison between the two apparent ACL tears. You can clearly see Parker plant, his knee gives way, and he reacts in pain.

With such a key player out of the lineup for such a long period of time, the Bucks acquired Michael Beasley and Tony Snell to help fill in for the absence of Middleton.

Bucks forward Jabari Parker leaves with sprained left knee