Detroit Pistons' Blake Griffin to miss Game 1 against Milwaukee Bucks

Detroit Pistons' Blake Griffin to miss Game 1 against Milwaukee Bucks

The Bucks were up 95-54 at the 4:07 mark in the third quarter when the foul occurred.

Drummond was given a flagrant 2 foul and ejected. He threw a kiss to the Fiserv Forum crowd as he was escorted off the court.

Kennard scored 11 points in the first 6:15 of the second quarter as Detroit cut the deficit to 16.

Detroit shot 38% from the field, converting 35 of 92 attempts. Antetokounmpo had 14 points and 10 rebounds while Lopez added 14 points and Hill contributed 13.

Milwaukee's advantage reached 30 just 26 seconds into the second half when Brown made a 3-pointer.

If Blake Griffin's absence wasn't a warning that the Pistons were in big trouble in this game, Dwane Casey's decision on the defensive end mid-way through the first quarter certainly was. "They were not two or three years ago". "We have another level we have to get to with our intensity and physicality, because they're coming through there with balance, Euro-stepping, throwing elbows and stuff like this". Their patience has paid off.

Game 2 will be played on Wednesday in Milwaukee.

For more on how it all went down, here are four takeaways from the Bucks' Game 1 win... The Pistons forward averaged 24.5 points, 7.5 rebounds and 5.4 assists in 75 games in his first full season with the Pistons. It was the type of performance that cemented their status as the team to beat in the East, and served as a wake-up call to casual fans who may not have been paying attention throughout the regular season: the Bucks are a certified problem.

Thon Maker, a former Giannis protege, had a hard foul on his old teammate reviewed, but it remained a common foul. "He wakes up in the morning ready to go.". Detroit entered with a 14-3 playoff record against Milwaukee, winning all four series.

With Giannis leading the way, the Bucks did whatever they wanted on the offensive end, scoring all but four of their baskets either in the paint or behind the 3-point line.

Milwaukee's Mike Budenholzer has won this season's coach of the year award, presented by the National Basketball Coaches Association.

Griffin missed the last game of the regular season due to the knee injury.

That's as close as the Pistons would get, however, as the Bucks stretched the lead to 70-43 by halftime. They scored 77 against Philadelphia in the Eastern Division semifinals in March 1970.



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