Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo, Brook Lopez to rest in final regular season game
The Milwaukee Bucks have been a complete juggernaut all season and head into the playoffs as the #1 overall seed with the best record in the NBA. With both the presumptive MVP in Giannis Antetokounmpo and the presumptive Coach of the Year in Atlanta Hawks expat Mike Budenholzer, the Bucks have instituted extremely interesting and effective stylistic changes on both offense and defense, and the results have paid mammoth dividends.
The Bucks are shaping up to be one of the best teams in NBA history with an incredible point differential, and they’ve also joined an exclusive list of fewer than 10 teams that have made 1000 three-pointers in NBA history.
With hardly anything to play for in terms of playoff seeding or stat-padding, both Giannis and his lumbering seven-foot center Brook Lopez have both been listed as out for the team’s final game of the season for “load management,” per ESPN’s Malika Andrews:
Giannis Antetokounmpo and Brook Lopez will not play in the final game of the regular season for the Bucks tomorrow. The NBA’s injury report lists both players out for load management.
— Malika Andrews (@malika_andrews) April 10, 2019
Remember a couple of years ago when NBA commissioner Adam Silver wanted to stop the practice of resting healthy players? Though a noble purpose, it hasn’t particularly worked as teams are resting more players than ever under the guise of the term “load management,” which, in fact, just means rest.
Now maybe “load management” will be banned? Who knows, but either way The Greek Freak and Splash Mountain will be out for Milwaukee’s last game.