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Mike Budenholzer pleased with Malcolm Brogdon’s Game 1 effort, but doesn’t envision starting him for Game 2 vs. Raptors

Mike Budenholzer, Bucks

Despite being very pleased with Malcolm Brogdon’s Game 1 efforts, Milwaukee Bucks head coach Mike Budenholzer does not anticipate putting him back in the starting lineup for Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals, according to ESPN’s Malika Andrews.

Brogdon shined in 27 minutes off the bench on Wednesday’s 108-100 victory over the Bucks, putting up a steady 15 points, three rebounds and three assists — clocking a game-best plus-18 in only his second game back from injury.

The third-year player is coming off a rousing 50-40-90 regular season and continuing his strong play even after missing nearly two months of action, still proving to be the rock in Budenholzer’s system.

Brogdon started at shooting guard for most of the regular season, but has had to take a back seat to Nikola Mirotic, who is starting at power forward and giving the Bucks another shooting threat from the frontcourt.

The Bucks now have a 1-0 lead and sit three games away from punching their ticket to the NBA Finals.

Brogdon can now be a potential ace in the hole for Budenholzer if any adjustments are required throughout the course of the series.

The 26-year-old hybrid guard put up averages of 15.6 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.2 assists during the season, making him the Swiss army knife that Budenholzer needs to have in his pocket at all times as a stabilizer and able contributor of this high-octane two-way team.