Another game against the Pistons, another instance of foul trouble for Giannis Antetokounmpo. Considering its prevalence in all four games the teams played in the regular season, there’d likely be a case for Giannis’ foul trouble to be deserving of wider discussion heading into this series, if not for the fact he still found a way to excel in each of those games.
On this occasion, the Bucks never quite managed to sustain the kind of sizeable leads that marked the majority of their games with the Pistons this year, but they did establish a comfortable 8-10 point advantage by late in the first quarter before never really coming under pressure of relinquishing it.
That came in spite of a 25-point outing from Reggie Jackson, and Drummond’s best performance of the season against the Bucks, as he notched 20 points and 13 rebounds.
Balanced scoring for Milwaukee has been an ever present in this series throughout the year, and maybe never more so than in this game when no Buck managed to score more than 21 points, yet six racked up double-digit tallies.
In the end, the Bucks managed to seal this win in cruise control, and in hindsight the Pistons may well now wish they’d been able to offer a more concerted comeback effort.
Will the playoff series follow the same pattern and tone of the two teams’ regular season matchups? We’ll find out starting on Sunday.