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Mike Budenholzer wants defense to be Bucks’ identity

Mike Budenholzer, Bucks

The Milwaukee Bucks notched their second straight victory on Friday — and their fourth in the last five games — as they mounted an impressive come from behind victory against the Miami Heat.

Following his team’s 113-98 win, Bucks head coach Mike Budenholzer emphasized the importance of defense, and how he wants this to be at the very center of his team’s identity.

“To do what we did in the second half, I’m just pleased with the guys the way they were able to flip it,” Budenholzer said, via ESPN. “Our defense fuels our offense. We want that to be our identity.”

As he expressed, coach Budenholzer was extremely pleased with the the type of defense his team exhibited in the second half of the game, as they were able to hold the Heat to just 36 points after halftime.

However, the 49-year-old coach would have surely had a less stressful evening had his team been more effective in the first half. The Bucks required a huge second half performance to overturn a 20-point halftime deficit, which was brought about by a sluggish start on their end.

Nonetheless, Milwaukee truly showed a lot of character in this one, and their coach was obviously delighted with the manner by which his team fought back to secure the victory.

The Bucks, however, would not escape unscathed, as starting two guard Malcolm Brogdon was forced to exit the game after just seven minutes of play due to a heel problem. There has been no update on the severity of the injury, but the former Rookie of the Year winner has had trouble this season with a related injury, so it would not be surprising if he ends up missing some time.