Recap: Coming off a tough loss last night in overtime against Cleveland, the Bucks were dealt a tough 112-103 loss. The Milwaukee Bucks hung tight with Cleveland all night long, but LeBron James and Kyrie Irving proved to be too much in the end. The Bucks got 55 combined points from Giannis Antetokounmpo and Jabari Parker, but they had no answers for LeBron or Kyrie.
Giannis Antetokounmpo (28pts, 5reb, 5ast, 2stl, 1blk, 1to): It is growing quite clear that Giannis Antetokounmpo is an elite basketball player. He made 7-13 shots and was attacking the Cavs at will, which resulted in him getting to the line 14 times (13-14). Throughout his career, there has been a lack of foul calls against Giannis when he attacks the basket, however, that is starting to change. Giannis has arrived at stardom, and the officials are beginning to realize that and actually blow the whistle in his favor. Defensively he was strong, even forcing LeBron James to miss a few times close to the basket. This was another all-around gem from the Greek Freak, as he continues to assert himself as a force in the NBA. Grade: 93%
Jabari Parker (27pts, 1reb, 2ast, 0stl 1blk, 1to): The Milwaukee Bucks came out initiating their offense through Jabari Parker, and he was capitalizing all night. He punished the Cavs from everywhere tonight, hitting 11-20 shots and 4-5 three pointers. Again, he took the ball strong to the rim and was able to finish through contact. His strength and athleticism are outstanding. Parker’s offensive prowess has taken huge leaps forward this season, and there are certainly no signs of him slowing down. He’s proving to be a competent shooter from three point range, something that he did not establish in the last year and a half. Jabari is really shouldering the offensive load along with Giannis, these two need their teammates to step up. Get better soon, Khris Middleton! Grade: 95%
Matthew Dellavedova (2pts, 2reb, 3ast, 2stl, 0blk, 0to): In his first return to Cleveland since winning the NBA Championship, Matthew Dellavedova laid an egg. With each games that passes, it seems like rookie Malcolm Brogdon is really pushing for the starting point guard role. Matthew Dellavedova is a solid player, but he is not getting it done for the Bucks right now. His inefectiveness to shoot the ball from three has really hurt his value lately. Again, he is a solid player, but it may be time for the Bucks to seek for a change at point guard. Grade: 55%
Next up: The Milwaukee Bucks host the Washington Wizards on Friday night, in what is just the first game of another set of back to backs with the Wizards.