Thursday, 25 April, 2019

Griffin could miss entire Bucks-Pistons series

Milwaukee Bucks' Mike Budenholzer Named Mike Budenholzer Checks All of the Boxes For Coach of the Year
Charles Bowen | 15 April, 2019, 13:17

It was the first playoff game since 2017 for Irving and Hayward after each missed last year's postseason with injuries.

The Bucks last won an National Basketball Association title in 1971, but start this year's playoffs as the top seed in the Eastern Conference after a 60-22 regular season. they pair up against the Detroit Pistons, who are playing their first playoff series since 2016.

With 4:07 left in the third quarter, Pistons center Andre Drummond was ejected from the game after shoving Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo to the ground while Antetokounmpo was attempting a putback layup following an offensive rebound. Reggie Jackson also had 12 points. Bojan Bogdanovic was the lone Pacers starter in double figures with 12 points.

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. Antetokounmpo had 14 points and 10 rebounds while Lopez added 14 points and Hill contributed 13.

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Antetokounmpo was only 5 of 12 on free throws and 1 of 5 from 3-point range, but was 9 for 17 from the field.

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

Griffin will be listed as day to day for the remainder of the series, with a league source calling it a "slim chance" he plays this weekend. 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. Griffin and team doctors will decide the best course of action when the season concludes.

Budenholzer led the Bucks to a league-best 60-22 record this season, leading Milwaukee to its best season in almost 40 years. They scored 77 against Philadelphia in the Eastern Division semifinals in March 1970. Budenholzer said he was concerned about the rebounding battle and going against league-leading rebounder Drummond (15.6 per game).

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