Pistons' Griffin out for Game 1 in Milwaukee

  • Pistons' Griffin out for Game 1 in Milwaukee

Pistons' Griffin out for Game 1 in Milwaukee

It didn't work, of course; nothing they tried throughout the night could slow down the Bucks' attack.

The team with the NBA's best record wanted to show it can make a long playoff run, and the Detroit Pistons were helpless to slow them down. "But we just try to focus on ourselves".

The Greek Freak ended Game 1 with 24 points and 17 rebounds, but the most important figure of all was his playing time - less than 24 minutes as he sat the final three minutes of the third and the entire fourth quarter. Their 35-point margin was the third-largest in the franchise's playoff history.

Drummond was given a flagrant 2 foul and ejected.

After two of the other contenders in the East, the Toronto Raptors and Philadelphia 76ers, opened up their first-round series by losing at home to lower seeded-teams on Saturday, the Bucks made sure there would be no upset taking place at Fiserv Forum. Between the disparity from the 3-point line and at the foul line - Milwaukee shot 18 of 26 there, the Pistons 8 of 13 with Luke Kennard hitting 4 of 5- the Pistons gave themselves little chance to keep the game close enough to make Milwaukee uncomfortable. "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".

That he was, finishing with 24 points, 17 rebounds and four assists in just 23 minutes. Reggie Jackson also had 12 points.

Blake Griffin was announced as out prior to Game 1 and the Pistons were never able to overcome the loss of their star forward.

"It was great", Khris Middleton said of the Bucks' defensive performance.

But he wasn't the only Pistons player who failed to deliver during the Game 1 Bucks route. "We started early so that helped us out". Budenholzer said he was concerned about the rebounding battle and going against league-leading rebounder Drummond (15.6 per game). Giannis spun through the lane in the opening minutes to register his first points and the relentless assault on the rim just went on and on.

In street clothes on the bench, Griffin was given a technical foul for arguing with an official while Drummond's foul was being reviewed. Previous recipients of this award include Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra and Detroit Pistons boss Dwane Casey.

Casey said Griffin's status remains day-to-day for the remainder of the series.