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NBA scores 2016: The kids are going to be alright

December 24, 2016
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A jammed-packed 14-game slate for the NBA was everything we could have asked for. No one will play on Saturday leading into league’s premiere Christmas Day games — the schedule’s right here, featuring Warriors-Cavaliers (2:30 p.m. ET) as the headliner — but Friday gave us more than enough basketball to tide us over. The best presents all came from the young kids, too. Jon Bois once painted a fictional picture that basketball would die because everyone being drafted turned out to be incapable of actually playing basketball. That might not be a real concern, of course, but it is reassuring to see how bright the future is when the young stars are shining already. We’re talking about players like Giannis Antetokounmpo and Jabari Parker, the former who scored 39 points on 12-of-19 shooting on Friday, plus eight rebounds and six assists for good measure. At 14-14 and currently holding the No. 7 seed, the Bucks are already doing alright about their playoff goals. Add Khris Middleton to the mix, and this team looks like one that could actually challenge Cleveland’s hegemony. Really. It might (probably) won’t happen this year, but the Bucks are coming. They have Giannis, a real contender to LeBron James and who can throw down dunks like this. The Timberwolves are, in some ways, the spiritual partner to the Bucks in the Western Conference, one of just two teams with three players averaging more than 20 points per game. (It’s Karl-Anthony Towns, Andrew Wiggins...

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