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Pistons get routed by Bucks in Game 1, 121-86

15 April 2019

Without All-Star Blake Griffin, the Detroit Pistons were no match for the Milwaukee Bucks in Game 1 of their first-round series between the two teams.

According to Yahoo, the Pistons are concerned Griffin's knee will swell if he returns during this series, as it did when he came back after a three-game absence in early April. There's no structural damage in the left knee, and it's unclear whether he'll need some type of minor procedure this offseason.

Griffin has battled the injury for the past several weeks, getting pulled from the Pistons' second-to-last game against Memphis and missing the season finale against NY, games the Pistons needed to win - and did - to qualify for the last playoff spot. The former No. 1 overall pick averaged 24.5 points, 7.5 rebounds and 5.4 assists while leading the Pistons to a late-season playoff push and just their second postseason berth since 2009. Detroit certainly has their work cut out for them against the likes on Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Bucks.

Goldberg NBCA Coach of the Year Award, named in honor of Goldberg, the group's late president, polls the 30 National Basketball Association head coaches and mandates that no individual can vote for himself.

The Bucks, who finished with the NBA's top record in the regular season, host Game 2 on Wednesday.

Pistons get routed by Bucks in Game 1, 121-86