After injuring his ACL over a year ago, Jabari Parker returned to his previous form for the Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday night and played a big part in their victory over the Atlanta Hawks. He told us that he was officially back with a dunk on not just one, but two players.
The Bucks defeated the Hawks 97-92 at the BMO Harris Bradley Center in Milwaukee last night. Khris Middleton had 21 points, seven rebounds, and three assists for Milwaukee, and Giannis Antetokounmpo hit two key buckets in the final three-plus minutes of the game to spark the win.
After being inactive over the weekend and in his fifth game back since returning from his ACL injury, Parker played just under 19 minutes and scored seven points with three rebounds and was 2-of-8 from the field. Two of those seven points came from one awesome slam dunk.
With just under four and a half minutes left in the third quarter, Hawks’ John Collins missed a dunk at the other end of the court, the Bucks immediately ran a fastbreak.
Parker received the ball near the basket and went up for the slam dunk, but in the process, he posterizes two Hawks players in Collins and Mike Muscala. This dunk gave the Bucks a 10-point lead late in the third quarter at 63-53.
It was a great moment to witness, as it showed the power forward is taking the right steps towards returning to his former self. He showed flashes throughout the game of the explosiveness that made him a dangerous player before missing a year after suffering an ACL injury in his left knee in February.
In the five games since he returned, Parker has averaged 8.8 points, 2.6 rebounds, and 0.6 assists, but he is yet to start a game for the Bucks, coming off the bench in all five appearances.
In their last game before the NBA All-Star break, the Bucks will host the Denver Nuggets on Thursday. Hopefully, Parker is given a start so he can truly show that he is back after a long absence due to injury.