Published: Mon, April 15, 2019

Bucks hammer Pistons in playoff opener

Bucks hammer Pistons in playoff opener

Griffin played in 75 games for Detroit this season - the most he has played since the 2013-14 season - but missed four of the past seven games with knee soreness.

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.

The MVP candidate ran and dunked all over the Pistons, who only really caught him when center Andre Drummond shoved him to the ground with both hands late in the third quarter after Antetokounmpo grabbed an offensive rebound with Detroit trailing by 41 points.

Antetokounmpo struggled at the foul line, making only 5 of 12 attempts, but was 9 for 17 from the field and 1 of 5 from 3-point range.

The Bucks were without guards Malcolm Brogdon (foot) and Tony Snell (ankle).

The Pacers led by 11 points in the first half but had just eight points in the third quarter. IN scored 29 points in the second half, and the quarter and half were both its worst of the season. George Hill scored 16 points off the bench.

That's as close as the Pistons would get, however, as the Bucks stretched the lead to 70-43 by halftime.

Griffin was issued a technical foul for protesting Drummond's ejection. There was hope that he'd be ready to go on Sunday, but prior to the game coach Dwane Casey made it known that, while still day-to-day, Griffin would not play in Game 1.

"Goldberg NBCA Coach of the Year Award for the top NBA Coach as voted by his peers is one of the most meaningful in all of pro sports", said Rick Carlisle in his statement to the press.

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