Bucks' Jabari Parker suffers sprained knee in loss to surging Miami Heat

Milwaukee forward will have MRI on same left knee which was required ACL surgery during rookie season

Steve Aschburner

Steve Aschburner

Not again.

That was the first thought of so many Milwaukee fans when forward Jabari Parker drove to the basket in the third quarter of the Bucks’ home game against Miami Wednesday, but crumpled to the floor when his left knee buckled.

Parker, 21, suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in that same knee as a rookie in December 2014. The 6-foot-8 product of Duke was sidelined until the start of the 2015-16 season and only blossomed as a scorer and young star this season, averaging 20.2 points in Milwaukee’s first 50 games.

The Bucks’ injury report from the locker room termed Parker’s injury a “sprained,” but a magnetic resonance imaging exam (MRI) would be needed to learn the full extent of the damage.

Not tonight. That might have been the second thought of Bucks fans, who had looked forward to the return of wing Khris Middleton, playing his first game of the season after tearing his left hamstring in a preseason workout in September.

Milwaukee, underachieving at 22-28 prior to facing the Heat, had looked forward to adding Middleton’s shooting touch to their mix. The 25-year-old, also 6-foot-8, averaged 18.2 points last season and shot 40.0 percent from 3-point range in his first three NBA seasons.

The result of Parker’s MRI will determine whether this was a giveth-and-taketh-away night for the Bucks.