Pistons' Andre Drummond Ejected After Fouling Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo

Lawrence Kim
April 15, 2019

It didn't work, of course; nothing they tried throughout the night could slow down the Bucks' attack. "But we just try to focus on ourselves".

Seven Bucks players scored in double figures. Their 35-point margin was the third-largest in the franchise's playoff history.

Pistons center Andre Drummond was ejected with 4:07 remaining in the third quarter for shoving Antetokounmpo to the floor.

MVP chants rang out around Fiserv Forum and it wasn't hard to see why.

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. Khris Middleton, Eric Bledsoe and Brook Lopez all registered 14 or more points and combined to shoot 8-for-16 from beyond the arc.

Giannis Antetokounmpo racked up 24 points, 17 rebounds and four assists in only 23 minutes as the top-seeded Milwaukee Bucks overwhelmed the visiting Detroit Pistons 121-86 in their Eastern Conference playoff opener on Sunday. Pistons starters went 1 of 12 from the 3-point arc with Ellington finishing 1 of 4 and 2 of 10 overall. Blake Griffin, who wasn't in uniform, picked up a technical foul after the play. But we have to get up to their speed of the game. "We started early so that helped us out".

Milwaukee's advantage reached 30 just 26 seconds into the second half when Brown made a 3-pointer. "You don't have to say giddy-up to Thon Maker", Casey said. Giannis spun through the lane in the opening minutes to register his first points and the relentless assault on the rim just went on and on. Previous recipients of this award include Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra and Detroit Pistons boss Dwane Casey. "At least that is my opinion in real time".

"I remember coming here a couple years ago (with Toronto) and playing against them". "It's a hot situation".

Griffin said it was frustrating having to watch Game 1 from the sideline. 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. He had four points and four rebounds in 22 minutes and was booed heavily by the home crowd. Pounding his chest in celebration a few seconds later, the camera caught him proclaiming, "I'm f-- unstoppable". I think as a group we all had each other's backs. Former Bucks assistants Sean Sweeney and Tim Grgurich are on the Pistons' staff. Detroit entered with a 14-3 playoff record against Milwaukee, winning all four series.

Milwaukee Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer has been elected the National Basketball Coaches Association's 2019 Coach of the Year, the league announced.

That's as close as the Pistons would get, however, as the Bucks stretched the lead to 70-43 by halftime. They scored 77 in March 1970.

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