Parker left Milwaukee’s 106-88 loss to the Heat after injuring his left knee — the same knee where he tore an ACL that cost him most of his rookie year — in the third quarter. At this point, anything less than another season-ender should be welcome news for the Bucks.
Parker is in the midst of a career year, showing why Milwaukee drafted him No. 2 overall in 2014. Expanding his range beyond the arc (36.7% on 3.5 3-point attempts per game), he’s averaging 20.2 points per game and really boosting the offense.
The Bucks (22-29) are still in the playoff race, two games and three teams out. But this will make it difficult to make up ground.
They have no shortage of (underwhelming) similarly styled power-forward options: Mirza Teletovic, Michael Beasley and Thon Maker. Milwaukee also now has an abundance of centers who could form more-traditional two-big lineups — John Henson, Greg Monroe, Roy Hibbert and Spencer Hawes — but those units would run counter to the team’s aggressive DNA. At least Giannis Antetokounmpo can play any position to make a new lineup click.
If the Bucks lose Parker for an extend period of time, they’ll slip in talent and fit. There’s no hidden upside here. Milwaukee just has to hope for a favorable diagnosis.