Drummond ejected for shoving Giannis in blowout loss

NBA Playoff Series Previews Milwaukee Bucks vs. Detroit Pistons

NBA Playoff Series Previews Milwaukee Bucks vs. Detroit Pistons

The Detroit Pistons task of taking down the No. 1 seeded Milwaukee Bucks just got a bit tougher ahead of Game 1.

MVP chants rang out around Fiserv Forum and it wasn't hard to see why. If it were possible to win a seven-game series in just one game, the Bucks, who led by 43 at one point, accomplished as much on Sunday evening. Khris Middleton, Eric Bledsoe and Brook Lopez all registered 14 or more points and combined to shoot 8-for-16 from beyond the arc.

Luke Kennard paced the Pistons with 21 points off the bench and Drummond had 12 points and 12 rebounds. Even Blake Griffin, who wasn't actually playing, took things too far and was called for a technical from the bench during the Drummond review. Milwaukee had 25 points before the midway point of the first quarter and led by 20 when it ended and by 27 at halftime. Antetokounmpo had 14 points and 10 rebounds while Lopez added 14 points and Hill contributed 13.

The Bucks sank 15 3-pointers, just one shy of tying a playoff high, and compiled 31 assists on 44 made field goals. Their patience has paid off.

For more on how it all went down, here are four takeaways from the Bucks' Game 1 win...

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The Bucks swept the Pistons in the regular season, despite Griffin's averaging 24.3 points in those four meetings. Thon Maker was the logical replacement for Griffin - his length and lateral mobility provide the best antidote for Giannis Antetokounmpo's speed and above-the-rim playmaking - but he picked up two fouls in the game's first 75 seconds. He avoided a flagrant foul when he brought Antetokounmpo to the floor in the second quarter. "He wakes up in the morning ready to go.".

Milwaukee: Mirotic was available and played 15 minutes while scoring four points.

Milwaukee Bucks' head coach Mike Budenholzer has his troops marching into the 2019 NBA Playoffs a confident bunch.

Griffin missed the last game of the regular season due to the knee injury. They scored 77 against Philadelphia in the Eastern Division semifinals in March 1970.

"I have watched that kid since he got drafted so I know his game like the back of my hand", Drummond said. The Bucks had a 54-46 rebounding advantage.

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