You guys blaming Brad for this are out of line.
It was a regular season game and NBA players get payed to play
The players already had Tuesday off. What are they supposed to? Not play a single game in 8 days leading up to the playoffs?
Then they would've been as rusty as hell.
How many days are the players supposed to have off?
I guess someone has to be blamed for everything.
Logic escapes people when their bias and hatred is strong.
It was the first game in a while where the rotation guys are all healthy, and we just had a change in starting lineup. It was against a playoff team who we had trouble dealing with. It was the PERFECT OPPORTUNITY to get one last dry run for the playoffs. And oh, btw the 3rd seed wasn't out of reach then.
Those with Stevens hatred are using confirmation Bias to further their own narratives.
It's not even Stevens bias or hatred as much as it is logic.
I'd have no problem criticizing Brad if he played the starting lineup in Washington and someone got injured. But this was the penultimate game of the season and guys needed their final burn before the playoffs. That same night, the Raptors played Miami and guess what? The entire Raptors starting lineup played (INCLUDING Kawhi.)
Milwaukee clinched a playoff spot in early March. Should they have benched Giannis since then?
If so, he would've looked like he was in training camp during game 1 of the playoffs.
It's just silly to blame Brad for Smart's injury.