As the Milwaukee Bucks host the Boston Celtics in game three (8:30 p.m.) of their best-of-7 playoff series tonight, coach Joe Prunty will have to deal with a disgruntled player.
The Bucks level of intensity in the first two games of the series has been called into question, led by reserve forward Jabari Parker.
Since returning from an ACL injury, Parker has averaged 19.5 points and 8.2 rebounds while averaging 31 minutes in 31 games. But in games one and two of their playoff series in Boston, Parker has averaged just over 12-minutes a game.
As Parker sat on the Bucks bench, he was visibly upset about his lack of playing time and Thursday, he opened up to reporters, saying it’s hard to play four minutes at a time and get into a groove.
Bucks coach Joe Prunty said the Bucks need Parker to make an impact. He made it clear that he’s talking more about defense. [Read more…]