Pistons' Andre Drummond Ejected After Fouling Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo

NBA Playoff Series Previews Milwaukee Bucks vs. Detroit Pistons

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.

Drummond extended his arms as Antetokounmpo went up in the one-sided affair, leading to his ejection.

With 4:07 left in the third quarter, Pistons center Andre Drummond was ejected from the game after shoving Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo to the ground while Antetokounmpo was attempting a putback layup following an offensive rebound.

Antetokounmpo once again led the way in what has been a truly incredible season as he finished with 24 points, 17 rebounds and four assists in only 23 minutes. So too were the Bucks, who dismantled the visiting Pistons, 121-86 to take a 1-0 lead in the series.

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. "You don't have to say giddy-up to Thon Maker", Casey said.

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The eighth-seeded Pistons, making just their second playoff appearance since the 2008-09 season, played without All-Star forward Blake Griffin.

If Blake Griffin's absence wasn't a warning that the Pistons were in big trouble in this game, Dwane Casey's decision on the defensive end mid-way through the first quarter certainly was.

But he wasn't the only Pistons player who failed to deliver during the Game 1 Bucks route. 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. His team made a huge jump in every possible respect from last season; their win total went from 44 to 60, they have the no. 1 ranked defense after finishing 15th last season, and their offense is statistically the best in the league, an improvement from their middle-of-the-road status last season. "He's just getting back in conditioning and health and everything like that", Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer said.

It only got worse for the Pistons in the second half. They scored 77 in March 1970.

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