Parker totaled 12 points (5-8 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 1-1 FT), five rebounds and one steal in 16 minutes during Thursday's 134-123 loss to Denver.
Parker continues to work his way back from a knee injury and is quite clearly still on a minutes restriction. He is going to be deployed with caution for some time to come and owners really have to just sit tight and wait. He is still worth owning in most league formats but his upside is limited due to his current playing situation.
Bucks interim head coach Joe Prunty said that Parker practiced fully Wednesday, one day after the forward appeared to tweak his leg in Milwaukee's 97-92 win over Atlanta, Lori Nickel of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
Making his fifth appearance of the season Tuesday following his recovery from the torn ACL in his left knee he suffered last February, Parker remained on a playing-time restriction and finished with seven points (2-8 FG, 3-4 FT) and three rebounds. Two of those points came when he dunked over two players, though some enthusiasm regarding that display of athleticism was tempered by Parker appearing to favor his right leg after an awkward landing later in the contest. Parker wasn't forced to exit the game due to any reported injury, and his presence in practice a day later offers reassurance that he didn't experience any sort of setback. Parker should once again be restricted to around 20 minutes in the Bucks' final game before the All-Star break Thursday against the Nuggets, though he could see his playing time tick up incrementally over the final two months of the regular season.
Parker produced seven points (2-8 FG, 3-4 FT) and three rebounds in 18 minutes during Tuesday's 97-92 win over the Hawks.
Parker returned to the rotation following a one-game absence for rest purposes. He is understandably still showing signs of rust after spending almost a year on the injured list, and Parker probably won't be rushed back into a heavy load of minutes. With that being said, Parker might be worth holding onto in standard leagues in the event that his role increases after the All-Star break.
Parker was held out of Saturday's win over the Magic to rest, but the expectation all along was that he'd return to action Tuesday after two more off days. While the Bucks have not commented on Parker's status, all indications are that he'll play a limited role off the bench as he continues to build endurance and strength in his surgically repaired knee. Parker has appeared in four games since making his season debut Feb. 2, most recently seeing 19 minutes and finishing with four points and three boards in Friday's loss to the Heat.
Parker will not play during Saturday's contest against the Magic for rest purposes.
The Bucks are opting to take a conservative approach with Parker's health, as he's only been back for four games following an ACL tear last season. As a result of his absence Saturday, Tony Snell and Sterling Brown could see increased run. The Bucks' usual load-bearers -- Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton -- could see a couple more minutes as well.
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