Without Blake Griffin, and Andre Drummond getting ejected, the Milwaukee Bucks bounced the Detroit Pistons 121-86 in game one at the Fiserv Forum. Let’s see if another boat race is in store for the Bucks in game two tonight.
Giannis Antetokounmpo led the Bucks with 24 points, 17 rebounds, and four assists in only 23 minutes. He shot 9-of-17 from the field but did shoot only 5-of-12 from the charity stripe. He’s f***ing unstoppable.
"I’m f--king unstoppable”— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) April 15, 2019
Giannis was letting everyone know pic.twitter.com/E6Brro5tTB
Each member of the starting five scored in double figures for Milwaukee, and George Hill dropped 16 points off the bench. Head coach Mike Budenholzer ended up playing everyone who was active. In his return to action, Nikola Mirotic scored four points on 2-of-8 shooting in 15 minutes. He looked a bit rusty out there, but that was to be expected.
Other than Tony Snell and Malcolm Brogdon, the Bucks regular rotation will be ready to rock and roll for game two tonight.
Player To Watch: Nikola Mirotic
He was rusty in his return from an 11-game absence but did get valuable reps in garbage time. With this series already effectively over, it’s imperative that he keeps letting it fly to shake off the rust and prepare for round two. I forecast a big game from him tonight.
This is a sad basketball team.
They shot 38 percent from the floor in game one, and their leading scorer was Luke Kennard with 21 points. The Pistons were undoubtedly going to struggle without Blake Griffin, and they simply had no answers for the Bucks on either end of the floor. Andre Drummond got ejected for shoving Giannis on a put-back attempt after stealing his offensive rebound, which summarized game one beautifully.
In his return to Milwaukee, Thon Maker laid an egg. He shot 2-of-10 for four points Yuck.
Aside from Blaker, the Pistons will be healthy and “ready” to go for game two.
Player To Watch: Ish Smith
He’s actually a big reason as to why the Pistons are even in the playoffs to begin with...he’s not going to shoot lights out, but he’s always going to bring the energy regardless of the score. He’s Detroit’s spark plug, so it will be interesting to see how early he gets subbed into the game and if he can bring some life to the hapless Pistons tonight.
Game 2: Against Detroit, the Bucks will...
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