I should have wrote in my blogs this week that I have very little tolerance for further disappointment and failures from the Milwaukee Bucks or Mike Budenholzer. There’s no excuses for them anymore. Gotta get it done this year.
The Milwaukee Bucks lost to the Brooklyn Nets, 115-107, inside the Barclays Center in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals.
I was very happy with Mike Budenholzer’s coaching in the First Round sweep of Miami and was very complimentary of him. Rotations were pretty good, adjustments were pretty good.
Tonight, Budenholzer lost almost all his earned equity from the first round in the first quarter and a half of the Second Round.
And if you’re defending Bud after this game, I expect an apology by Noon Central Time tomorrow, because whether you’re pro-Bud or anti-Bud, you literally can’t defend him today.
Budenholzer saw James Harden leave with a hamstring injury 43 seconds into the game and he threw his book away. He put rotations on the floor that would be played on a second night of a back-to-back in February and the two time MVP (Giannis Antetokounmpo) played a grand total of 17 minutes in the first half, despite not being in foul trouble. This is coaching malpractice and a fireable offense.
Bud’s old warts showed up early in this one. There is zero need or reason to go to a nine-man rotation in the first 14 minutes of the game when you’re not in foul trouble. He broke out the “stupid meter” against Brooklyn. This is the playoffs, Mike!
The Milwaukee Bucks starting lineup played just under 13 minutes together and outscored the Nets by three. What’s even more egregious is that Jrue Holiday, Khris Middleton and Giannis only played 20 minutes together. Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant shared the floor for 40 minutes.
That’s coaching malpractice. Again, this loss is 90 percent on Bud.
How does Bud make the same mistakes over and over and over again?
The final score was not indicative of how badly the Bucks lost this game.
You can’t lose by 20 to a Nets team without Harden.
Nothing about that screams dog.
The remaining 10 percent as to why the Bucks lost was because of their extremely poor shooting.
Milwaukee shot 45-for-101 (44.6%) from the field, 6-for-30 (20.0%) from 3-point range and 11-for-19 (57.9%) at the free throw line, while committing 14 turnovers.
No offense against this Brooklyn Nets team is unforgivable. The Nets are going to hit tough shots, but to let them look off the hook defensively is just stupid.
Khris Middleton was awful tonight and once again showed that he can’t handle the pressure in the playoffs.
Middleton ended up with 13 points and 13 rebounds, but he was 6-of-23 from the field, 0-for-5 from 3-point range and 1-for-2 at the free throw line.
Draymond Green chipped in after the game via Twitter:
Fortunately for the Milwaukee Bucks, it’s a best-of-seven series and not a best-of-one.
The Bucks have a whole lot of soul searching to do before Game 2 if they want to make a series of this.
Game 2 is on Monday, June 7. Tipoff from Brooklyn is set for 6:30 PM (Central Time) and will be televised on TNT.