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Parker Tears ACL

Jabari Parker, Zach LaVine Out for the Season

While the Miami Heat won their 12th game in a row on Wednesday night, there was a bigger story coming out of the Heat-Bucks clash.

After his knee gave way on an attempt to reach the basket, the Milwaukee Bucks have announced that their star forward Jabari Parker has been ruled out for the season with yet another ACL tear. Parker suffered the left knee injury during the third quarter of last night’s 106-88 Bucks loss at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. The recovery and rehabilitation period is estimated at a year in length.

In 51-games this season, Parker has separated himself with Giannis Antetokounmpo as the two cornerstone pieces of the Bucks organization. Parker averaged 20.1-points, 6.2-rebounds, 2.8-assists, and one steal in 33.9-minutes per game on the season.

The 21-year old former Duke Blue Devil will be undergoing his second career ACL tear on the same knee. During his rookie year, Parker tore his UCL in a game against the Phoenix Suns which spelled the end of his 2014-15 campaign.

Parker is not the only young NBA player to tear his ACL over the past week. Two-time Slam Dunk champion Zach LaVine suffered the same fate and will be out for the season as well. The Minnesota Timberwolves guard was in the midst of a career year, averaging 18.9-points, 3.4-rebounds, and 3.0-assists per contest.

While it is still unknown as to what the next move will be for the Bucks and Timberwolves, both Parker and LaVine are one of the brightest young talents in the NBA today and we wish them nothing but speedy recoveries!

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