1) No Khris Middleton
2) Lack of support for Giannis
3) Celtics were the better team
4) Bucks choked
How about Coach Budenholzer lost the series weeks ago.
On April 10, 2022, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported on the Bucks’ regular season finale:
On paper, Sunday afternoon’s mission was pretty simple for the Milwaukee Bucks: Beat the Cleveland Cavaliers and clinch the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs.
But things are rarely that simple.
With no worse than the No. 3 seed locked up – the position from which they won the NBA championship last year and the spot Giannis Antetokounmpo joked they should aim for – the Bucks elected to give most of their top rotation players a reprieve at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse.
“I think most importantly – we’re not completely healthy – but I think we have significantly good health and that’s probably more important than anything,” head coach Mike Budenholzer said before the game. “Feel good about being (the) two or three (seed).”
So with Cleveland still fighting for play-in positioning and Milwaukee playing their bench the Cavaliers rolled to a 133-115 victory.
As a result, with Boston winning their final game the Celtics became the 2nd seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs and the Bucks finished at #3. That meant in the incredibly critical Game 7 Sunday against Boston the Celtics got to play on their home court. The Celtics played out of their minds to an uproarious crowd. It could have been played in Milwaukee. If not for Budenholzer throwing that game in April to Cleveland.