For only the 6th time in NBA playoffs history, an 8 seed beat a 1 seed. Of course it had to be the Bucks…
Not only were they a 1 seed, they were statistically the best team in the NBA during the regular season. We were heavily favored to win the whole thing, but apparently something happened within the team and they were caught looking past the upstart Heat.
Many fans are calling for Budenholzer’s head. Other’s are blaming the uninspired play from specific players. But frankly, there’s a lot of pieces to this blame pie we could dish out.
The tale of the tape was, for the 2nd game in a row, the Bucks rolling over and playing dead in the 4th. For 2 games in a row, we had a 10+ point game in the 4th, being outscored by a total of 32 points between both games. It’s extremely frustrating when you factor in that we outscored them in virtually every quarter in both of those games.
We’ll have an awful lot to talk about in the offseason, and while I’m not personally calling for it myself, I wouldn’t at all be surprised of Budenholzer loses his job over this. I wouldn’t exactly cry over it. Letting a team come back and slap us in the mouth 2 games in a row when this series should realistically be 3-2 in favor of the Bucks right now. Some will say it should be over with the Bucks winning 4-1 because of the poor play in the first game. But I’m willing to be generous and give the Bucks the benefit of the doubt of having some court rust while sitting out while the Heat gained some momentum in the play-in tournament.
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