Game 1 recap: Drummond tossed, Pistons drilled 121-86 by Bucks

By Matt Schoch
The Detroit News
Pistons center Andre Drummond, left, drives to the basket against the Bucks' Pat Connaughton during the first half Sunday in Milwaukee

For the first time since 2016, the Pistons are back in the NBA playoffs. Now, they'll try to win a playoff game for the first time since 2008.

That won't be easy. The Pistons open their Eastern Conference playoff series on Sunday against the top-seeded Bucks in Milwaukee. Tip-off is at 7 p.m.

The Bucks not only own the NBA's best regular-season record at 60-22, they boast an MVP candidate in Giannis Antetokounmpo, while the status of the Pistons' MVP, Blake Griffin, remains uncertain because of a knee injury. He's been ruled out for Game 1.

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Pistons routed in Game 1 loss

The Pistons were annihilated by the Bucks in Game 1, as the baskets came early and often for the top-seeded home team.

Giannis Antetokounmpo had 24 points and 17 rebounds for the Bucks. Luke Kennard led the Pistons with 21 points.

Game 2 is 8 p.m. Wednesday in Milwaukee. 

Bucks 121, Pistons 86; Final

Kennard not horrible in playoff debut

Luke Kennard has 18 points and is possibly the only bright spot for the Pistons.

Rookie Khyri Thomas is getting a little run here, his playoff debut.

Bucks 108, Pistons 71; 4:52 4th

Milwaukee rout continues into fourth

Without Andre Drummond, the Pistons actually perked up a tiny bit down the stretch in the third quarter.

About the only competition in the fourth quarter is the one against history.

Bucks 97, Pistons 61; end 3rd

Lead pushes past 40 for Bucks

Andre Drummond committed a flagrant-2 foul, so he's been tossed. He pushed Giannis Antetokounmpo hard to the ground underneath the Pistons basket.

The Pistons are still getting absolutely trucked by the Bucks, who are nearing 100 points.

The Bucks pushed the lead past 30 points in the third quarter, with the largest lead being 41... so far.

Bucks 95, Pistons 54; 4:07 3rd

Pistons trailing Bucks by 26 at halftime

The Pistons are getting routed on the road for Game 1 against the top-seeded Milwaukee Bucks.

Giannis Antetokounmpo and Brook Lopez had 14 points apiece at the half, but Luke Kennard has a game-high 15 points for Detroit.

Bucks 70, Pistons 43; Halftime

Maker struggling against former team

Good news: Luke Kennard is playing well. He's 3 for 4 on 3-pointers with 13 points.

Thon Maker committed a hard foul on former teammates Giannis Antetokounmpo.

The refs reviewed it to see if it was a flagrant foul, but it was ruled a common foul. Maker is 0 for 5 from 3-point range and is apparently hearing it from the Milwaukee fans.

Bucks 60, Pistons 35; 3:23 2nd

Casey, organization getting a look at roster

Without Blake Griffin, the Pistons are going to get trucked, we all knew that.

But this is a chance for the organization to see who's up for this kind of playoff intensity.

Giannis Antetokounmpo hammered a dunk home to force a timeout.

Bucks 45, Pistons 23; 10:06 2nd

Pistons trail Bucks by 20 points after one

Without Blake Griffin, the Pistons are getting drilled by the Bucks in Game 1.

Giannis Antetokounmpo has 11 points and Brook Lopez has 10 points for Milwaukee. Andre Drummond has six points and eight rebounds for Detroit.

Bucks 38, Pistons 18; end 1st

Connaughton stepping up off Milwaukee bench

Things haven't gotten much better as the Bucks continue to score at will in the paint, including two acrobatic layups by Pat Connaughton.

Dwane Casey has tried to shake things up by putting Andre Drummond on Giannis Antetokounmpo. Giannis has 10 points early, all at the rim.

Bucks 25, Pistons 10, 4:59 1st

Maker picks up pair of quick fouls

Thon Maker has two fouls early on Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Bucks are off and running. Dwane Casey elected to stay with him, as Blake Griffin is out with an injury.

Giannis has six points early. Andre Drummond scored the first four Pistons points.

Bucks 13, Pistons 4, 9:00 1st

Wojo: Take the Pistons and the points

As noted by the Wise One Wojodamus, the Pistons are now big-time dogs on the road.

Our columnist says to take the Stones and the points.

Maker will start vs. former team

With Blake Griffin out, Thon Maker will start tonight for the Pistons, the first game against his former team.

Maker was traded in February by the Bucks to Detroit as part of a three-way deal.

Maker has started five games for the Pistons this season when Griffin has missed with injuries.

Double dose of injury issues

Not only is Blake Griffin out for the Pistons, but Nikola Mirotic will make his return to the Milwaukee lineup tonight.

Mirotic, acquired in the three-way deal that sent Stanley Johnson to New Orleans and Thon Maker to Detroit, has not played since March 19.

He missed the final 11 games for Milwaukee because of a thumb injury.

Pistons vs. Bucks

Game 1: Bucks 121, Pistons 86

Game 2: Pistons at Bucks, Wednesday, 8 p.m. (FSD, 950 AM)

Game 3: Bucks at Pistons, Saturday, 8 p.m. (FSD, 97.1 FM)

Game 4: Bucks at Pistons, April 22, 8 p.m. (FSD, 950 AM)

*Game 5: Pistons at Bucks, April 24

*Game 6: Bucks at Pistons, April 26

*Game 7: Pistons at Bucks, April 28

* - if necessary