Woj: Mike Budenholzer's Job 'Rides on How the Bucks Respond' to 2-0 Deficit vs. Nets

Adam WellsJune 11, 2021

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JUNE 07:  Head coach Mike Budenholzer of the Milwaukee Bucks instructs his team against the Brooklyn Nets in Game Two of the Second Round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs at Barclays Center on June 07, 2021 in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Steven Ryan/Getty Images)
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As the Milwaukee Bucks look to get back on track in the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Brooklyn Nets, head coach Mike Budenholzer's job could be on the line in this series. 

Appearing on SportsCenter prior to the Game 3 tipoff, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski said Budenholzer's future "rides on how the Bucks respond" after dropping the first two games (starts at 1:15 mark):

After a competitive 115-107 loss in Game 1 against the Nets, Milwaukee got run out of the Barclays Center on Monday in a 39-point defeat. 

There has been speculation about Budenholzer's outlook with the Bucks if they fail to have a deep postseason run this year. 

One NBA scout told Josh Robbins and Sam Amick of The Athletic last month that he would expect Budenholzer to be fired if the Bucks had lost to the Miami Heat in the first round. 

Milwaukee did make quick work of the Heat, sweeping that series. But things haven't gone well through two games against Brooklyn. 

Budenholzer has one year remaining on the four-year contract he originally signed with the Bucks in May 2018. He's been fantastic during the regular season, leading the franchise to a 162-65 record. 

Since taking a 2-0 lead over the Toronto Raptors in the 2019 Eastern Conference Finals, the Bucks have lost 11 of their last 20 playoff games.