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

Carla Harmon
April 15, 2019

Giannis Antetokounmpo had 24 points and 17 rebounds in just 24 minutes, and the top-seeded Milwaukee Bucks showed they were serious about making a playoff run with a 121-86 rout of the Detroit Pistons in Game 1 on Sunday night.

Drummond was given the foul after shoving Giannis Antetokounmpo on a layup attempt in the third quarter with the Bucks ahead 95-54.

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.

Drummond finished with 12 points and 12 rebounds. Paul George, who was a game-time decision because of a sore shoulder, added 26 points and 10 rebounds after a slow start. Bojan Bogdanovic was the lone Pacers starter in double figures with 12 points.

That statement could apply to the Milwaukee Bucks' 17-year wait for a playoff series win, their 45-year wait to make it out of the East, or their 48-year wait for an National Basketball Association championship. The Bucks led by 20, 38-18, after the first quarter as Antetokounmpo and Lopez combined for 21 points.

"We're not in the class of where Milwaukee is with their program right now", Casey said.

'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.

Casey said he thought Griffin did not deserve a technical. Kennard's 15 points led the Pistons. Maker came to Detroit in the three-team trade in February that brought Nikola Mirotic to the Bucks from New Orleans. "He wakes up in the morning ready to go.".

Budenholzer led the Bucks to a league-best 60-22 record this season, leading Milwaukee to its best season in almost 40 years.

Milwaukee: Mirotic was available and played 15 minutes while scoring four points.

Milwaukee Bucks' head coach Mike Budenholzer has his troops marching into the 2019 NBA Playoffs a confident bunch. Griffin, who had played his most regular season games (75) since 2013-14, enjoyed a career campaign while snapping a four-year absence from the All-Star Game.

Kyrie Irving and Marcus Morris each scored 20 points, and Boston rallied in the second half to beat in in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series. They scored 77 in March 1970.

"I have watched that kid since he got drafted so I know his game like the back of my hand", Drummond said.

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