The first game of the Milwaukee Bucks' revolution was not televised, but thankfully we do still have the highlights.
By now you know that Jabari Parker's preseason Bucks debut had a strong finish and a happy ending, as the second overall pick atoned for a nervous 1/9 start from the field by hitting five of his last six shots. And despite a poor start against Memphis' big guns, it was Parker's big fourth quarter combined with the sharp-shooting of Khris Middleton, the energy of Larry Sanders (10 pts/15 rebs), inside scoring of John Henson (12 pts/7), and solid performances from Brandon Knight and Giannis Antetokounmpo that gave Jason Kidd a win in his debut on the Bucks' bench.
Most of Parker's highlights are in the video above, though there's some fresh stuff as well as post-game commentary from Jason Kidd to be found in Jim Paschke's video report over at Bucks.com. Oh, and can we keep talking about this move?
For the AM crowd: Check out this move that Jabari Parker put on Earl Clark last night--- https://t.co/csLciJtKIE— Eric Buenning (@ericbuenning) October 9, 2014
News and Notes:
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So what about that move on Earl Clark? Via Andrew Gruman:
"I was just trying to make the move," Parker said. "He was playing real good defense. I was just trying to throw counters, because these guys are real fast on their feet. That's what it was."
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Part of Parker's early struggles: battling with the likes of Zach Randolph, who scored nine points on 3/4 shooting in 16 minutes. Charles Gardner reports:
"I was able to pound with him," Parker said. "I'm not the thinnest guy, so I was able to hold my ground. I have to learn how to play over the top. I think he got me more when he sunk me down around the rim."