Game 6: Milwaukee Bucks 99 N.Y. Knick 92 Grades & Reactions

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Milwaukee Bucks Grades: Starters

Tyler Ennis, B

4 Points | 1-4 FG | 2-2 FT | 4 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK |

Jason Kidd turned to second year pro Tyler Ennis to start in place of MCW. He likely chose Ennis over Vasquez because of Ennis’ ability to play a faster brand of basketball, with an eye toward easy transition buckets. Ennis performed well in this role–leading the Bucks to a scintillating 16-6 start. He wasn’t quite as effective later in the game, but those opening minutes are a glimpse at the sort of player he could become.

Khris Middleton, B-

13 Points| 3-9 FG | 6-6 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK |

The ultimate “glue” player. Need someone to play tenacious defense regardless of court position? That’s Middleton’s game. Need someone to take an important jumper? Yeah, he does that too. His role in the offense is somewhat lessened with the addition of Monroe, but i doubt he cares. He’s happy to contribute big shots like the late dagger three that essentially pushed the game out of reach.

Giannis Antetokounmpo, B+

20 Points | 7-13 FG | 6-6 FT | 7 REB | 1 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK |

The tape on Giannis this off-season said he’s a good player, but in order to be great would need to develop a consistent jumper. I’m not ready to say he’s a dead ringer yet, but I will say that his 17 foot step-back jumper to break an 81-81 tie in the fourth quarter is a sure sign that his shot is farther along than we could have hoped.

Jabari Parker, B

6 Points | 3-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK |

He’s back. That corkscrew dunk in traffic is a play that I’ll never forget. Compared to Wednesday’s performance he looked much more confident, both at the rim and in space, moving with the quickness that makes him a quality scorer. Defensively he held his own against Porzingus and ‘Melo–notably forcing a shot clock violation off a closeout on the game’s first possession.

Greg Monroe, C-

8 Points| 3-12 FG | 2-2 FT | 7 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK |

He hit his first two jumpers and then proceeded to shoot 1-10 from the field. It was a disappointing performance, sure, but after carrying the Bucks through the season’s first five games he was due for a let-down game. This was it. He did nab the game-sealing offensive rebound, at least. Look for him to redeem himself Saturday night against the other Lopez brother.

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