Mike Budenholzer Checks All of the Boxes For Coach of the Year

NBCA names Mike Budenholzer Coach of the Year

Eric Bledsoe had 15 points, and Brook Lopez and Khris Middleton each added 14. The two-handed push occurred after Antetokounmpo grabbed an offensive rebound.

OFF SCRIPT - The Pistons finished No. 6 in the National Basketball Association in 3-point attempts per game at 34.8 and the Bucks allowed more attempts from the arc (36.3) than any National Basketball Association team. Pistons starters went 1 of 12 from the 3-point arc with Ellington finishing 1 of 4 and 2 of 10 overall.

Blake Griffin was announced as out prior to Game 1 and the Pistons were never able to overcome the loss of their star forward. Mirotic had missed the last 11 regular-season games after fracturing his left thumb on March 19 against the Los Angeles Lakers.

The Bucks were without guards Malcolm Brogdon (foot) and Tony Snell (ankle). Wayne Ellington finished the season having taken 81 percent of his field-goal attempts from the 3-point arc, but his first six shots were 2-point attempts with his first try from the arc coming in the final minute of the first half.

Milwaukee: Mirotic was available and played 15 minutes while scoring four points. The Bucks led by 20, 38-18, after the first quarter as Antetokounmpo and Lopez combined for 21 points. George Hill scored 16 points off the bench.

That's as close as the Pistons would get, however, as the Bucks stretched the lead to 70-43 by halftime. The Pistons had to navigate a narrow channel to have a shot to stay in the game, one that involved limiting turnovers, winning the 3-point battle and beating the Bucks on the boards. The lead moved past 41 when Antetokounmpo fired in a 3 from the top of the key with 4:35 remaining in the quarter.

In street clothes on the bench, Griffin was given a technical foul for arguing with an official while Drummond's foul was being reviewed.

2018-2019 was Budenholzer's first as the head coach of a completely revitalized Milwaukee Bucks that profited from selfless play, the emergence of Giannis Antetokounmpo, and selfless play from the rest of the unit.

"Goldberg NBCA Coach of the Year Award for the top NBA Coach as voted by his peers is one of the most meaningful in all of pro sports", said Rick Carlisle in his statement to the press.



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