"Thank you to my colleagues across the National Basketball Association, and most importantly thank you to our players and staff in Milwaukee". He blew a kiss to the Fiserv Forum crowd as he was escorted off the court. Reggie Jackson added 12 points and five assists. 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.
A GAPING VOID - Blake Griffin's sore left knee will have had a full week and a day off when the Pistons and Bucks tip off Game 2 on Wednesday night. Wayne Ellington finished the season having taken 81 percent of his field-goal attempts from the 3-point arc, but his first six shots were 2-point attempts with his first try from the arc coming in the final minute of the first half.
If Blake Griffin's absence wasn't a warning that the Pistons were in big trouble in this game, Dwane Casey's decision on the defensive end mid-way through the first quarter certainly was. So too were the Bucks, who dismantled the visiting Pistons, 121-86 to take a 1-0 lead in the series. It was the type of performance that cemented their status as the team to beat in the East, and served as a wake-up call to casual fans who may not have been paying attention throughout the regular season: the Bucks are a certified problem.More news: Zion Williamson Becomes First Duke Freshman to Win Wooden Award
The Bucks swept the Pistons in the regular season, despite Griffin's averaging 24.3 points in those four meetings.
Thon Maker, a former Giannis protege, had a hard foul on his old teammate reviewed, but it remained a common foul. He had four points and four rebounds in 22 minutes and was booed heavily by the home crowd. "He wakes up in the morning ready to go.".
Milwaukee, which swept the four-game season series, led 20-4 less than five minutes into the game.More news: Japan says United States sailor kills woman, self on Okinawa
"I have watched that kid since he got drafted so I know his game like the back of my hand", Drummond said.
Milwaukee Bucks' head coach Mike Budenholzer has his troops marching into the 2019 NBA Playoffs a confident bunch. The Bucks' 70 points were the second-most in a first half in franchise playoff history. They scored 77 in March 1970. The Bucks had a 54-46 rebounding advantage.More news: Giuliani: Going to See 'No Collusion' From Mueller Report