After losing the past two games, the Bucks went to Toronto hoping to avoid dropping below .500 against the (16-7) Raptors. The Bucks were fighting from behind the whole game, they brought some intensity, but the Raptors just played excellent basketball. The team spent a lot of the game down double digits, but there was a promising stretch during the third quarter when they were down by 22 points. Giannis and Jabari both imposed their will and worked the game back down to an eight-point deficit, early in the fourth quarter. Seeing those two work together to get back into a game is a great sign for the future. The Bucks never got any closer as the Raptors took over the game and finished hot winning 122-100.
Giannis Antetokounmpo (30 PTS, 8 REB, 5 AST, 3 STL, 0 TO): Giannis struggled to make a large impact in the first half finishing with six points and a couple of fouls. Down twenty at half, he went on a mission to bring his team back into the game, scoring 24 second half points. It’s great to see him able to get buckets when his mind is set on it, but the most intriguing thing about his game was how affective he was without turning the ball over once. Grade: 88%
Jabari Parker (27 PTS, 3 REB, 2 AST, 1 STL, 2 TO): Jabari opened the game aggressively and started (6-7) from the field for 13 points, and maintained his aggressiveness shooting (11-17) from the field and (2-3) from three. He showed himself to be a difference maker on the offensive end multiple times tonight, and you gotta like that he plays well against the better teams in the league. As always, we would love a little more out of him on the glass, but he did pull down a big offensive rebound tonight over two Raptors. Eventually you’d like to see him be a more consistent rebounder, but it’s just great to see him do his thing offensively. Grade: 77%
Matthew Dellavedova (2 PTS, 10 AST, 0 TO): Delly had another game where he moved the ball very well getting the ball into the hands of Jabari and Giannis, but failed to provide a third scoring option for the starting lineup. It’s great when he’s on the floor making plays for others, but he also needs to put up around ten points to keep us competitive against the better teams in the league. Grade: 48%
Thon Maker (3 PTS, 3 REB, 1 STL): Thon was used outside of garbage time for the first time this season, entering the game in the second quarter. The Bucks were down 17 when he entered, so who knows if Jason Kidd plans on playing him regularly. Thon played center with the bench unit subbing in for Greg Monroe. He struggled to size up with the opposing post players and seemed a step behind tonight. His talent is obvious, but it’s also clear he’s not ready to contribute to a team trying to make the playoffs. Grade: 44%
- Jabari explodes past DeMarre Carroll, getting to the rim finishing chest to chest through Jonas Valanciunas. The young gun impressively scored in a one on two situation using his elite athleticism.
- Giannis drives from the top of the key, makes a tight dribble behind the back, stops and hits a fade away ten-foot jumper.
- Thon beats his man to the short corner, gets the ball, sizes up his man and hits the mid-range jumper.
Next up: The Bucks take on the Chicago Bull at 7 pm on Thursday 12/15. The game is on TNT, Giannis’ first nationally televised game since his breakout, so expect some Giannis hype going into the weekend.