Heat coach Erik Spoelstra knows what Bucks are facing after learning Jabari Parker out for year

Bucks forward Jabari Parker is helped off the court after tearing the ACL in his left knee Wednesday against the Heat (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)

Bucks forward Jabari Parker is helped off the court after tearing the ACL in his left knee Wednesday against the Heat (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)

The Milwaukee Bucks’ worst fears were realized today when Jabari Parker was diagnosed with a torn ACL in his left knee and will miss the rest of the season.

Parker, who suffered the same injury during his rookie year of 2014-15, attempted to drive on Heat forward Luke Babbitt during Wednesday’s game, planted his left foot and his knee buckled. He fell to the ground and was helped off the floor and into the locker room by teammates.

The injury appeared serious from the start.

Heat coach Erik Spoelstra was concerned about the health of one of the league’s young stars following Miami’s 106-88 victory, its 12th win in a row.

“We see anybody go down we cringe,” Spoelstra said. “I hope he’s OK. It definitely (affected the Bucks). He’s a great talent. We’ve been on the other side of that, too, so we feel for him.”

The Heat have lost 224 games to injuries or illness entering Friday’s game in Brooklyn and have three injured players on the roster – Chris Bosh, Justise Winslow and Josh McRoberts – who are not expected to return this season.

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The loss is devastating to a Milwaukee team that entered the season with high hopes. But the first blow came in September when 2015-16 leading scorer Khris Middleton tore his hamstring. Middleton returned Wednesday and scored five points in 15 minutes.

Parker’s loss is one from which the Bucks may not recover. Milwaukee has lost 11-of-13 games and, after have a 10 ½-game edge on the Heat just three weeks ago, have fallen percentage points behind Miami in the Eastern Conference standings. Both are two games behind the Pistons for the final playoff spot. Charlotte is a half-game behind Detroit.

Parker is second on the Bucks in scoring with a 20.1 average. He is shooting 49 percent. He played just 25 games his rookie season before suffering the same injury and undergoing surgery in January.

Bucks coach Jason Kidd said Parker’s rehabilitation will last a year.

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