Blake Griffin misses Game 2 against Bucks due to sore knee

Tanya Simon
April 22, 2019

The Blake Griffin-less Pistons simply were outmatched by the top-seeded Milwaukee Bucks in Game 1 of the teams' first-round series. Milwaukee is trying win a series for the first time since 2001. Detroit ranks second in the Eastern Conference with 11.4 offensive rebounds per game, led by Andre Drummond averaging five.

Eric Bledsoe led the Bucks with 27 points, and Khris Middleton had 24. Despite Drummond's game-high 16 rebounds, the Bucks outrebounded the Pistons 54-43 on the night.

Game three of the best of seven series moves to Detroit Saturday night for a 7:00 PM tip-off.

As mentioned above, the Bucks entered the half down one point to the Pistons, to the surprise of many. However, the Pistons outscored Milwaukee 32-20 in the second quarter and took a 59-58 lead into the half on Jackson's layup with 3.8 seconds remaining.

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Blake Griffin didn't play in Game 1 and is questionable for Game 2 with a knee injury.

Surprisingly, he scored only 10 points in the first half, but Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer had an inkling "he was going to do something to change it". Antetokounmpo's 3-pointer on the next trip down the floor put the Bucks ahead for good. The Bucks won the last meeting 121-86. He was called for another tech in Game 2 after complaining about the referees. Every other National Basketball Association team has won at least one playoff game in the interim except the Sacramento Kings who haven't reached the postseason since 2006.

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