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Pistons' Andre Drummond Ejected After Fouling Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo

Pistons' Andre Drummond Ejected After Fouling Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo

Any excitement about the Pistons being in the playoffs evaporated right about at the opening tip Sunday in Game 1 of an Eastern Conference playoff series against the Milwaukee Bucks.

Pistons center Andre Drummond was ejected with 4:07 remaining in the third quarter for shoving Antetokounmpo to the floor. He threw a kiss to the Fiserv Forum crowd as he was escorted off the court.

Griffin had a career year this season while making his sixth All-Star team, averaging 24.5 points, 7.5 rebounds and 5.4 assists while shooting 36.2 percent from 3-point range. George Hill scored 16 points off the bench.

Luke Kennard's 21 points off the bench topped Detroit. Reggie Jackson also had 12 points. A big reason for their inconsistent play late in the season was the knee injury that limited star forward Blake Griffin and kept him out of their final game of the season.

That statement could apply to the Milwaukee Bucks' 17-year wait for a playoff series win, their 45-year wait to make it out of the East, or their 48-year wait for an National Basketball Association championship.

Budenholzer led the Bucks to 60 victories and the league's best record in his first season with Milwaukee.

Detroit shot 34% in the half (18 of 53) and made just 3 of 14 3-point attempts. Their patience has paid off.

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Griffin will be listed as day to day for the remainder of the series, with a league source calling it a "slim chance" he plays this weekend.

Detroit: Maker faced his former team and started in Griffin's place. "He wakes up in the morning ready to go.".

With that in mind, let's take a closer look at some of the key talking points ahead of Sunday's Game 1 against the Bucks and Pistons.

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

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.

It only got worse for the Pistons in the second half. They scored 77 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. "It's going to take our whole group to make sure we're taking care of the defensive boards". The Bucks had a 54-46 rebounding advantage.


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