Milwaukee Bucks: 3 reasons why they can run it back next season

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The Milwaukee Bucks have mastered their playoff resiliency after winning this year’s title

The story surrounding the Bucks before this season is that for whatever they accomplished during the last two regular seasons, they couldn’t translate that success into the postseason.

It proved true and questions surrounded the Bucks’ top players like Antetokounmpo, Middleton and Lopez and all sorts of concerns and ire were laid at Mike Budenholzer’s feet as his stubborn tendencies and schemes were figured out by the likes of the Toronto Raptors and Miami Heat.

If the Bucks were going to improve and do so beyond making the big trade for Jrue Holiday and add pieces on the periphery, unlocking their best players and being tactically flexible was going to be the biggest key for the Bucks to overcome their playoff struggles.

Throughout this season’s run, Milwaukee proved more adaptable and resilient than anyone could have anticipated. Whether it was coming back from 2-0 deficit against both the Brooklyn Nets and the Phoenix Suns or finishing off the Atlanta Hawks without Antetokounmpo after he hyperextended his knee during the Conference Finals, the Bucks aptly may have bent, but they certainly didn’t break all throughout this run.

And for all of the skepticism and increasing dismay some Bucks fans may have towards him, Budenholzer himself proved all of the doubters wrong by being able to rally his team back multiple times throughout this run.

With all of that noted, each playoff run poses its own challenges and is unique to that year. The serendipity and synergy that we saw from the likes of the Raptors and the Heat that took down the Bucks in years past all came together for the Bucks this year as they took down their challengers towards a title.

What happened this year isn’t guaranteed to happen next season. However, the Bucks have shown that they can roll with the punches and be more flexible than they have ever proven before under Budenholzer.