The Milwaukee Bucks had internal discussions about trying to avoid the Miami Heat in the first round by tanking their penultimate regular season game of the season against the Heat, sources tell Zach Lowe of ESPN.

The Bucks "unanimously opted against it."

Miami defeated the Bucks in the second round of last year's playoffs.

In discussing the scenario, some reflected back on their first round loss in 2018 to the Boston Celtics that was followed up with a 4-1 defeat of Boston in the second round in 2019.