Jabari Parker will make his way to Cleveland and is expected to be available for Thursday’s matchup with the Cavaliers (8:00PM ET, TNT), according to a report from Gery Woelfel of the Racine Journal-Times.
Great news for the Bucks: Jabari Parker is heading to Cleveland with the full intention of playing against Cavs Thursday night.
— Gery Woelfel (@GeryWoelfel) November 18, 2015
Parker was diagnosed Monday afternoon with a right mid-foot sprain — he broke the same foot during a FIBA U-17 game in 2012 — and was initially ruled out for Milwaukee’s next three games, beginning with Tuesday matchup against the Wizards in Washington, D.C. The second-year forward did not make the trip to the nation’s capital with the Bucks, who were blown out 115-86 by John Wall and Co.
After the game, coach Jason Kidd foreshadowed Wednesday’s news, indicating that Parker could be back more quickly than expected.
Bucks coach Jason Kidd said post-game he is hopeful both Jabari Parker and O.J. Mayo can join the team for game in Cleveland on Thurs.
— cfgardner (@cf_gardner) November 18, 2015
Despite the previous fracture to the same foot, this latest injury was never considered overly serious. Woelfel’s report certainly backs that up, though it’s still somewhat of a surprise that Parker will join the team mid-roadtrip, considering how cautiously Milwaukee handled Parker’s rehab from a torn left ACL last season.
The 20-year-old made his season debut against the 76ers on Nov. 4 after sitting out the season’s first four contests. He played in four consecutive games before being rested in Denver last Wednesday on the second night of a back-to-back set. Overall, Parker has appeared in five of the Bucks’ first 11 games, averaging 7.2 points and 3.4 rebounds in 22.4 minutes per contest.
Kidd has gradually increased Parker’s workload, and he played a season-high 30 minutes in Saturday’s double-overtime win over the East-leading Cavaliers. In those 30 minutes, Parker finished with a season-high 12 points (5-10 FG) to go with three rebounds, an assist and a pair of highlight dunks (see below).
-Thursday’s game in Cleveland will be Milwaukee’s first regular season appearance on TNT in nearly 13 years
-O.J. Mayo, who is yet to play this season due to a hamstring injury, is “likely” to make his season debut Thursday
-The Bucks conclude a three-game roadtrip in Indianapolis on Saturday before returning to Milwaukee for matchups with the Pistons (Monday) and Kings (Wednesday)