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Jabari Parker returns to Milwaukee lineup Thursday against Cleveland

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Jabari Parker will return to the Milwaukee Bucks lineup Thursday night against the Cleveland Cavaliers after missing a game with a sprained foot.

According to the Associated Press, Bucks coach Jason Kidd made the announcement after Milwaukee’s shoot-around Thursday in Cleveland. Parker is still being worked into the rotation after missing 57 games last season with a torn left ACL, and has only played in five of Milwaukee’s first 11 games.

Parker, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2014 draft, was playing the best basketball of his rookie season just before the knee injury. In his final seven full games, he averaged 15.0 points on 58.9 percent shooting in 31.8 minutes.

This season, playing only 22.4 minutes, he’s averaging 7.2 points and shooting 50.0 percent. Milwaukee is 4-1 in his five games, and he was up to 30 minutes in the last game before injuring his foot.

With O.J. Mayo ready to make his season debut after missing the first 11 games with a hamstring injury, Kidd will have his full roster available for the first time this year.

After a 0-3 start without Parker, the Bucks have rallied to reach 5-6. Their biggest win came Saturday, when they ended Cleveland’s eight-game winning streak with a 108-105 double-overtime victory. However, with Parker on the sidelines, they lost by 29 points in Washington on Tuesday.





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