Outside of the guest’s locker room at AT&T Center, a scrum of journalists with cameras and microphones clustered around mentor Mike Budenholzer to swarm him with inquiries regarding Milwaukee’s 126-104 misfortune to San Antonio.
Considerably after enduring the biggest regular-season loss of his Bucks tenure on Monday, the sideline head defended his team’s exertion.
“I mean there’s no doubt that [DeMar] DeRozan and a few of the other guys made some tough kind of pull-up 2s, midrange, some tough floaters and then they had the 3-ball going, too, so they kinda had everything,” Budenholzer said. “I probably could’ve done a better job at coaching, maybe adjusted earlier, quicker, so I think I need to be better but like I said, we’ll learn from it and hopefully we’ll be better going forward.”
Counting the postseason, it was Milwaukee’s biggest margin of defeat since Game 1 of last season’s Eastern Conference semifinals against Boston, after which the Bucks proceeded to win four straight.
Their most recent defeat commences a four-game West Coast excursion with Golden State, Sacramento, and Portland next on the schedule.
Preceding today, the Bucks (32-6) had dropped just two games this season by double digits, the two of which were on the road (11 points at Boston in October, 12 points at Philadelphia on Christmas).
“At the end of the day, we’re sitting in a good place right now,” Bucks guard Eric Bledsoe said. “This one is out of the window. We can’t focus on it because it kind of takes me back to the Toronto series when we lost, so we’ve just got to move on and get prepared for Golden State.”
Milwaukee was held to simply 40% shooting while the Spurs were hot, shooting 51.1% from the field and 54.3% from 3. Individuals from the Bucks don’t see any troubling street trends yet more so a major element that they needed their street misfortunes.
“If you look at those games, I believe they shot the ball extremely well and we shot the ball poorly,” said Bucks guard Donte DiVincenzo, who added 16 points off the bench. “So, I think we have to have a little bit more focus, but it’s a long season and we’ll lock in and get used to being on the road.”
Giannis Antetokounmpo completed with 24 points, 12 bounce back and 8 assists however called it “big” for his mentor to defend the team in his comments. The Eastern Conference’s top team was at that point rationally pushing forward before exiting the San Antonio field.
“Having a guy like Coach Bud to come out and say, ‘Oh, it’s my fault. I could’ve done a better job’ and having guys in this locker room to say, ‘It’s one game, we didn’t play well. It’s our fault, we’ve got to do a better job,’ that’s big instead of us just making excuses,” Antetokounmpo said.
“That’s why this team is great,” he continued. “That’s why we’re going to keep getting better and we’re going to win more games.”
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