Milwaukee Bucks forward Jabari Parker injured his right foot and did not travel with the team for its three-game road trip, the Bucks announced today. Parker played a season-high 30 minutes in Milwaukee’s double-overtime win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Saturday.
Parker received an MRI earlier today after reporting discomfort in his right foot, according to the Bucks. The MRI revealed a mid-foot (talonavicular joint) sprain, and Parker is scheduled to undergo further testing on the extent of the injury. He sustained a fracture in the same foot as a senior in high school while playing in the FIBA U17 World Championship tournament.
The second-year forward has played five games this season since returning from ACL surgery on his left knee. After sitting out Milwaukee’s first four games, Parker debuted Nov. 4 against Philadelphia, logging 16 minutes. He played in back-to-back games Nov. 6-7, but sat out the latter half of a back-to-back series the following week.
Signs initially pointed toward a conservative minutes restriction early in Parker’s return from injury. Head coach Jason Kidd said earlier this month that Parker would probably start in the 15- to 20-minute range, according to Brew Hoop. Before the season, general manager John Hammond told the AP, “If we think (Parker) can play 30 minutes, we’ll probably play him 15. Wherever he might be, we’re always going to be cautious with him.”
Prior to Saturday’s game, Kidd indicated a 25-minute restriction, hoping to soon increase it to around 30 minutes.
Parker underwent surgery on his knee in January, after sustaining the injury in mid-December. He’s averaging 7.6 points and 3.6 rebounds in 22.4 minutes per game this season.
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