Coach K had a bad night
I like Coach K. I think he's been given an impossible task trying to mold a playoff team out of the clay given to him by GM Larry Harris.
But he had a bad night last night. The inbounds play he diagrammed with the game on the line was awful. And his rotational decisions were brutal.
Check out the Win Scores and Win Contributions from last night.
Notice how many Bucks had good games? Five. And two of them (Desmond Mason, Charlie Bell) had excellent games. Yet the Bucks lost, mainly because three of the Bucks had brutally bad games (Royal Ivey, Bobby Simmons, Michael Ruffin), and were given too much playing time. The question is "Why?".
None of those 3 had any business playing as long as they did last night. They were not contributing to victory; they are not scorers; and, they are not particularly reliable defenders. So why were they alloted nearly 27% of the Bucks courttime last night?
I can safely write that Coach K's decision to give those three so many minutes cost the Bucks the game.