Finally Blake Griffin has returned to the lineup of Detroit Pistons but his comeback isn’t enough to avoid falling to 0-3 pit, 119-103.
Almost the entire left leg was strapped to protect his knee injury. His usual athleticism wasn’t visible in Game 3 but his scoring explosion remains.
The Detroit Pistons star delivered 27 points, 7 rebounds and six assists.
The Pistons were sharp in the opening quarter as they mounted some mini leads. They were also successful on shutting down Milwaukee Bucks superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo who was held scoreless in the first period.
Yet, their opponent has so many weapons to deploy to take over the scoring slack from their main gunner.
Six Bucks players apart from Giannis logged in double figures led by Khris Middleton who scored 20 points along with his 8 rebounds and 4 assists.
Brook Lopez also done his damage from inside as well as from outside. His 7-footer frame and his ability to shoot from outside continiously to be a problem for the Pistons.
The big man was money on both ends of the floor:
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“I think it’s something we’ve been trying to build all year,” said Milwaukee head coach Mike Budenholzer.
“We’re a team that plays together, trying to take what the defense gives us. Guys have opportunities, guys have a lot of confidence to make plays. It’s not just all about Giannis, as amazing and great as he is.”
Antetokounmpo was able to find his groove later in the game and managed to deliver 14 points and 10 rebounds.