The Bucks won 96-94 last night in Phoenix on a wild buzzer-beater from Khris Middleton, but the bigger story was Jabari Parker leaving the game with a knee injury. Parker suffered the injury in the second half as he was trying to eurostep around P.J. Tucker. When Parker planted on his left foot, his knee buckled inward and he crumpled to the ground. Though he wasn't writhing around in pain, Parker refused help to get up right away and was unable to bend his leg. He was then carried off by teammates with a despondent look on his face.
Parker was diagnosed with a left knee sprain shortly after the injury, but Jason Kidd said after the game that the team wouldn't know anything further until an MRI was done. It looks like that test will happen later today.
Bucks forward Jabari Parker will have an MRI on his left knee later today in Milwaukee.— Jeff Zillgitt (@JeffZillgitt) December 16, 2014
Though thrilled with the victory, the other Bucks players thoughts' were with their teammate after last night's game.
Jared Dudley said teammates have concern for Jabari injury. "He was in (something) where you couldn't bend it. We hope it's just a sprain."— cfgardner (@cf_gardner) December 16, 2014
Pachulia also talked about Parker: "I hope he's going to be OK. The whole city counts on him. He has a lot of years ahead of him ...— cfgardner (@cf_gardner) December 16, 2014
"I hope it's not anything serious and we're all praying for him... It was tough to see your teammate going down and not being able to walk."— cfgardner (@cf_gardner) December 16, 2014
The initial X-rays were negative, but that's not exactly an encouraging sign.
I would expect Jabari Parker X-rays to be negative. Both patella dislocation or ACL/MCL tear would have normal X-rays. Soft tissue injury.— David J. Chao, MD (@ProFootballDoc) December 16, 2014
Just saw new angle on Jabari Parker @Bucks injury. Concerning for ACL/MCL vs patella dislocation. Can't be sure. Either way not good news.— David J. Chao, MD (@ProFootballDoc) December 16, 2014
It may change once the test results are in, but for now it seems like Jabari was in decent spirits post-injury.
Jared Dudley told reporters that Jabari Parker was smiling when he came into the #Bucks locker room.— Andrew Gruman (@AndrewGruman) December 16, 2014
All there's left to do now is wait for the results. Fingers crossed.