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Pistons at Bucks final score: Bucks throttle Griffin-less Pistons by 35 in Game 1

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The game was over before it began

NBA: Playoffs-Detroit Pistons at Milwaukee Bucks Michael McLoone-USA TODAY Sports

Good thing losing by 35 or losing by 5 is the same exact result in the end. It’s just one loss. The Bucks jumped out on the Pistons 10-2 in a flash and didn’t let up once in Game 1.

Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 24 points and grabbed 17 rebounds in 23 minutes. Yes, Giannis played just 23 minutes. He’ll be fine and rested for Game 2 on Wednesday.

Andre Drummond cheap-shotted Giannis in the third quarter and was given a flagrant-2, which meant an ejection.

Luke Kennard shot 8-of-14 from the field, leading all Pistons with 21 points. That’s where the “good” news began and ended.

When most of team doesn’t compete like professionals in a playoff game, I don’t really know what else to write. It being a 35-point loss is inconsequential. The Milwaukee Bucks are one of the top two teams in basketball and have a filthy talented and deep roster. You’d think the opposing players would want to play their butts off to avoid being trounced and embarrassed like that.

How this team responds in Game 2, with or without Blake Griffin, will tell a whole lot about if this team respects themselves and the game of basketball.

In some ways, I can’t wait for Game 2 to see how Detroit reacts. However, in other ways, I’m terrified there won’t be much of a reaction.