Bucks Eliminated By Heat And Head Coach Mike Budenholzer Can Say Bye-Bye

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The Milwaukee Bucks were officially eliminated by the Miami Heat and tonight’s second-round exit ensures that no one’s safe. Hard to pinpoint what the Giannis Antetokounmpo does next summer, but one thing’s for certain: This group isn’t running it back.

Aside from the obvious ankle injury that hobbled the Greek Freak throughout the series, the Bucks were clearly unprepared. Budenholzer inexplicably playing his best player under 35 minutes in a key game 3 citing: “We’re pushing him as far as we can.”

Nonsense. If any team wants to compete at the highest level, their best players have to be on the floor for majority of the game. These are playoff games, Mike.

Giannis simply stated after the game that he and Budenholzer were clearly not on the same page.

“In the beginning it was hard because I wasn’t used to playing 30 minutes, 31 minutes”, Antetokounmpo said to Eric Nehm of the Athletic. “I was used to playing the whole fourth quarter. Coming in and out of halftime playing the whole third quarter , coming out for two or three minutes and then going in to finish the game.”

Here’s where it gets interesting.

“I was really pissed, but then I grew up. I realized why he was doing that. He wants me to be ready when it matters most.”

Like the playoffs?

Come playoff time Mike Budenholzer had no plan and didn’t trust Giannis to be on the floor for big minutes. Can’t have a star player sitting on the bench when he’s telling you he’s ready to go. Let the man play!

Now that playoff basketball is behind the Milwaukee Bucks, Budenholzer’s seat should be hotter than a blow torch. 

Written by Gary Sheffield, Jr

Gary Sheffield Jr is the son of should-be MLB Hall of Famer, Gary Sheffield. He covers basketball and baseball for OutKick.com, chats with the Purple and Gold faithful on LakersNation, and shitposts on Twitter. You can follow him at GarySheffieldJr


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  1. Good riddance. Now the players can go to Kenosha & help rebuild the looted stores and walk little old ladies through the rubble strewn streets. Though I’m sure they’ll head to Kenosha to kiss St. Jacob Blake’s ring instead.

  2. Haha, they can go protest all summer now. They can go hang with their hero Jacob Blake, the sexual assaulter and domestic abuseR. They threw their season away over protesting for this dude. What a joke. I sure they will say it was worth it to save face.

  3. I have never understood why so many announcers and color analysts have such a hard on for Bledsoe. He was a cancer in Phoenix and he has absolutely stunk it up in the last two years playoffs. He can’t shoot or pass. He makes incredibly stupid mistakes, especially when the game is on the line. Sure he looks terrific when the Bucks are up by 25 or playing a bad team. I’d prefer he disappear in big games but instead of just disappearing he screws things up with multiple important turnovers or 3 point air balls.

  4. The woke media are spinning Milwaukee’s elimination as the result of holding Giannis out of Game 5 for his own good and of carrying the heavy burden of social protesting while also trying to win an NBA championship. The series was lost when they dropped the first three games. And their chosen extracurriculars are on them, same as if they’d been nightclubbing and carousing in all years not named 2020. They gave up their “platform” two rounds early, oops.

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