Pistons' Griffin (knee) to miss Bucks series

It's unclear exactly when the Milwaukee Bucks knew they had their 121-86 victory in Game 1 against the Detroit Pistons in the bag.

MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN - APRIL 14: Giannis Antetokounmpo #34 of the Milwaukee Bucks dunks against the Detroit Pistons during Game One of the first round of the 2019 NBA Eastern Conference Playoffs at Fiserv Forum on April 14, 2019, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

It was the second-worst playoff loss in team history.

Giannis rose up and pulled down an offensive rebound when Drummond literally threw his opponent to the floor. He was ejected in the third quarter after a Flagrant-2 foul when he shoved Antetokounmpo. 'We did a good job of playing hard and playing together. "Obviously, I'm not going to look to the referees for protection".

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Milwaukee dominated the game from the get-go, outscoring Detroit by 36 points through three quarters. George Hill came off the bench to score 16 points.

"Missing Blake is a big piece", Casey said. Nikola Mirotic returned for Game One after being sidelined nearly a month with a broken thumb.

Griffin is 6-foot-10 and along with center Andre Drummond, was the driving force behind the Pistons' return to the playoffs.

Griffin has been dealing with a left knee injury for several weeks and miss the Pistons' season finale against the New York Knicks. "It's gonna happen. I believe, the bucks are gonna win", said one fan. If they keep the same focus, the Bucks should enter Game 3 with a two-game lead. Replacing someone like Griffin is hard but this is a great opportunity for Maker, he has to make the most of it and prove he can be a solid National Basketball Association player for years to come.

  • Lawrence Cooper