Pistons in win-and-in scenario, but Griffin out

Ross Houston
April 14, 2019

The Pistons went up by as many as 36 points and led 92-59 after the third quarter.

"There's always uncertainty", Casey said, via The Detroit News. "They didn't take it light because they were playing the youngest and last-place team in the league".

The Milwaukee River will be dyed green Friday to kick off what Bucks hope is a long playoff run party: Also of the Journal Sentinel, Joe Taschler touched on the preparations and festivities the Bucks are planning to hold in advance of the NBA Playoffs opening up, including plans to dye the Milwaukee River green.

The series continues Wednesday with Game 2 at 7 p.m., before the series shifts to Detroit for Game 3 and Game 4 Saturday, April 20 and Monday, April 22. The Pistons finished as the eighth, and final, seed in the Eastern Conference after the Charlotte Hornets lost to the Orlando Magic, 114-122, at Spectrum Center in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Terrence Ross had a season-high 35 points, Aaron Gordon added 27 and the Magic clinched the seventh seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs and will face the Toronto Raptors in the first round.

Luke Kennard scored 15 points off the bench and Reggie Jackson had 12 points before going to the bench as Smith flourished in the final quarter.

"We were one game from the playoffs, " Borrego said after a loss that had little significance after Detroit's win against the Knicks.

Dwyane Wade registered a triple-double in his last game before retirement.

In San Antonio, LaMarcus Aldridge had 34 points and 16 rebounds and the Spurs beat Dallas in Dirk Nowitzki's final game. Brooklyn defeats Miami. This scenario results in a tie between Detroit and Orlando, in which case the Pistons win the tie-breaker by virtue of winning the season series from Orlando 3-1.

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