Ah, the Milwaukee argument, sigh. They were the worst defense in the league at allowing teams to shoot three-pointers in a conference with Miami, Toronto and Boston. All Budenholzer could do was hope teams would miss their open shots.

The Lakers were a historically good defense because they could play any style to counter their opponents. They could play big, play small, take the ball out of Lillard and Harden's hands and then rotate and recover. They could guard Jokic with a guard and take away Denver's pick and roll.

Miami was a perfect match up for the Lakers because Adebayo can't space the floor and Dragic isn't the kind of super fast guard that gives the Lakers problems (especially with the loss of Bradley).

I guess the next thing you're going to say is they didn't play the Bucks or Clippers, who they rolled in March.

It wouldn't have mattered.

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