Milwaukee Bucks: Grades from 118-101 Win Over Cleveland Cavaliers

In probably the team’s best performance to date, the Milwaukee Bucks took on the defending NBA Champion Cleveland Cavaliers and blew them out. Let’s take a look at how we graded the team in this battle.

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VS.

1 2 3 4 T
Bucks 30 28 34 26 118
Cavaliers 32 22 20 27 101

Wow, who saw this one coming? The Milwaukee Bucks turned in an outstanding game in the BMO Harris Bradley Center and brought home an impressive 17-point victory against the Cleveland Cavaliers. On the whole, the team was outstanding and it was not easy to find any complaints.

Giannis Antetokounmpo once again showed why he belongs among the top-tier of players in the entire league, dropping 34 points and adding 12 rebounds against LeBron James and company. He also continued to show that he impacts the game in every way possible with his five steals and two blocks.

And Giannis got plenty of help. The Bucks had four other players in double figures, including 17 points from Michael Beasley.

On top of a great team performance from the field (53.5%), the Bucks also capitalized on their free throw attempts, making 19 of 23.

This was a game that Bucks fans will hopefully remember as the start of a great string of games for the team going forward.

All things considered, the team was great, but let’s take a look at how we would grade the roster, coaching, and the opposition.

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Starters

Matthew Dellavedova

G, Milwaukee Bucks

B-

In his first battle against his former team, Matthew Dellavedova was pretty good. He still did not shoot the ball well, but he limited his turnovers to two while dishing out seven #DellyDimes. A stat line of 3/7/3/2 maybe isn’t what the Aussie particularly wanted, but his +/- of +17 (second-highest of the starters) indicated strong overall play from the guard.

Tony Snell

G, Milwaukee Bucks

C+

Snell was brought into Milwaukee to shoot the ball well and play good defense. In this game, he only brought one of those talents. Yet another inefficient shooting night of 3/8 from the floor, including 1/6 from three, is not ideal from the shooting guard position. Yet, in a blowout like this, his lack of shooting mainly went unnoticed. With the Bucks winning by 17 on an off night by Snell, it’s a wonder what could have happened if he hit more shots?

Giannis Antetokounmpo

G/F, Milwaukee Bucks

A

To get the negatives out of the way first, Giannis continued to struggle with taking care of the ball in this game. He led the team with six turnovers, which is far from a good night, but outside of that, there cannot be any complaints. The Greek Freak was on full display against LeBron James and the Cavs, finishing with a double-double of 34 points and 12 rebounds. Oh, and his five assists weren’t too shabby either (especially when he missed a few more due to the combined 4/13 shooting from Delly/Snelly).

Jabari Parker

F, Milwaukee Bucks

C

With a quick look at the box score, one would say that Jabari had a fairly good game. 18 points is right at his average, but he did not rebound the ball that well and had an overall small impact on the final result. He was just 7/17 from the floor (41.1%) and although solid defensively at times, he still struggles on that side of the ball. He held LeBron James to a relatively uneventful night (22/4/4 with seven turnovers), but he also touted a +/- of -2, an impressive feat in a 17-point victory.

John Henson

C, Milwaukee Bucks

C+

After playing an outstanding game the other night against the Magic, Henson did not quite bring that same firepower in this one. He had a pretty average game, totaling seven efficient points and nine rebounds in 21 minutes. He also added two blocks and two assists without any turnovers. It wasn’t that Henson had a poor game against the Cavs, it’s that the rest of the team was so good that he stood out as just an average performer.

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Bench

Greg Monroe

C, Milwaukee Bucks

B+

Monroe led the Bucks three-headed monster (you decide if it’s a scary good or a scary bad monster) at the center position in minutes with 26. In these minutes, Moose once again showed how valuable he is as a bench player. He was a very efficient scorer (6/8 from the floor) and contributed in all facets of the game. His defense continues to impress in comparison to what he was last year, and he supplied 14 points, six rebounds, and four assists in his time on the floor. Very impressive for the big man in what was another nice game.

Malcolm Brogdon

G, Milwaukee Bucks

B-

This was an interesting game for Brogdon. In recent games, he has been struggling from the floor but excelling in the other parts of the game. However, in this one it was quite the opposite. Malcolm buried both of his three-point attempts and finished with 10 points. However, he only grabbed one rebound and dished out three assists while also committing two turnovers and four fouls. Once he puts everything together night in and night out, Brogdon will have a nice stretch of games ahead.

Michael Beasley

F, Milwaukee Bucks

A

Of all the Bucks’ offseason acquisitions, it is definitely hard for someone to argue against Beasley being the team’s best addition and the clear winner of their trade with the Rockets. Beasley played 26 minutes in this victory and was a very efficient 7/10 from the floor, which included one three. He did not do too much besides score, but that is exactly what is expected out of Beasley. B-Easy dropped 17 points in 26 minutes and continues to play his role as the go-to bench scorer extremely well.

Jason Terry

SG, Milwaukee Bucks

B-

Although the Jet isn’t putting up outstanding numbers, he is not putting up bad ones either. He filled up the stat sheet in this game in an impressive way, however. Just take a look at this:

One made basket, one rebound, one steal, one block, one turnover, one foul (and two assists, but that does not fit the pattern).

This isn’t exactly indicative of a great game, but I thought it was an interesting tidbit in an otherwise uneventful game for Terry. The clear highlight for him was distracting J.R. Smith to the point of giving Tony Snell a wide open finish.

Plumlee, Maker, Novak

C, PF, PF, Milwaukee Bucks

N/A

None of these players played enough minutes to give an accurate assessment of their additions to the team’s overall play.

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Head Coach

Jason Kidd

Coach, Milwaukee Bucks

B+

It was interesting to see that Mirza Teletovic was the only Buck to get no minutes in this game, but it’s hard to give any fault to Jason Kidd in a 17-POINT WIN OVER THE DEFENDING CHAMPS. With that being said, I am going to give Kidd the night off in terms of criticism. He can take his B+ and get ready for the next two games against the Nets.

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Opposition

Cleveland Cavaliers

Central, 13-3

B+

The defending champions came out strong in this game, but the Bucks just fought hard and rode the incredible play of Giannis Antetokounmpo to the victory. For the majority of the game (Coach Lue went to their reserves to close the last five minutes), the Cavaliers played their best lineups and went for the victory, but their four-game winning streak was not going to stay alive. The Cavs attempted 39 (!!!) threes in this one and knocked down 14 of them. Making that many threes, and at nearly 36%, usually marks a pretty good game for any team, but the Cavs suffered a 17-point loss in Milwaukee. In total, just an all-around great win for the Bucks.

With this win, the Bucks returned to an even record of 8-8. They look to go over the .500 mark with a win against the Nets in Brooklyn on Thursday night at 6.30pm.

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