When it's playoff time, you can't afford to give your superstars much rest. Bucks head coach Mike Budenholzer apparently didn't get the memo. He let Giannis Antetokounmpo sit on the bench for key stretches of Saturday night's Game 1 against the Brooklyn Nets.
Steve Nash certainly got the memo. Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving played the majority of Game 1, and it made a massive difference - mostly because Giannis missed so much time, particularly in the third quarter.
Perhaps Budenholzer wanted to save Antetokounmpo's legs for the fourth quarter. The last thing you want in the NBA Playoffs is a tired superstar. But at this point in the season, everyone's tired.
Budenholzer's going to face plenty of critical questions regarding his rotation decisions, particularly surrounding his use of Antetokounmpo in the second half of Saturday's game.
Pretty much every NBA fan asked the same question Saturday evening. Mike Budenholzer deserves plenty of criticism.
It's not a stretch to suggest Game 1 is a must-win for the Milwaukee Bucks. You can't afford to lose a game James Harden misses. If the Nets can beat the Bucks without him, this series might already be over.
Giannis Antetokounmpo can't sit on the bench much at all the rest of this series. He's Milwaukee's lone superstar (compared to Brooklyn's three).
Mike Budenholzer has to adjust his rotations if he wants to win this series. If Steve Nash can play Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving the majority of the game, so can Budenholzer with Antetokounmpo.