Milwaukee Bucks Grades, Reactions From 115-100 Loss To Cleveland Cavaliers

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Nov 19, 2015; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) throws a no-look pass in the third quarter against the Milwaukee Bucks at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

Giannis Antetokounmpo scored a career high 33 points. Jabari Parker added fourteen.

Yes, the Milwaukee Bucks lost to the Cleveland Cavaliers 115-100, but the outcome of the game is dwarfed by the performances of the Bucks two most important pieces.

As with the Bucks renaissance two years ago, it starts with Giannis Antetokounmpo. The young star shot 12-15 FG (80%) and never blinked despite being matched up against LeBron James.

Giannis spinned, whirled, twirled, and shot (yes…SHOT) himself to a new career high. Any chatter about his smoke and mirrors start to the season should recede into the cacophony of nonsense NBA speculation.

His partner in crime, Jabari Parker, returned to action after a sprained foot Saturday night, driving his catastrophic ACL injury further in the rear-view mirror.

It’s not the fourteen points from Parker that should give Bucks fans shelter, it’s the method in which he scored them: pull-ups, drives, finishes, and another dynamic dunk over Kevin Love.

While the Bucks as a team weren’t up to par against the mighty Cleveland Cavaliers (BAD rebounding, no bench lift) their two brightest (and youngest) stars were.

Take heart Bucks fans. The progress of Giannis and Jabari is all that matters.

Remember when this was a thing? Well it still is. And while marketing has laid off the “Own the Future” moniker, this team is still ALL about the future.

That is, the futures of Giannis Antetokounmpo and Jabari Parker.

Let’s take a closer look at their performances in our Milwaukee Bucks grades and reactions.

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