Early in the match, the Pistons did not have an respond to for two-time defending league MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo.
Or in the center of the activity. Or late in the game.
During the game, Antetokounmpo had his way with the Pistons on Monday evening, fueling the Milwaukee Bucks to a workmanlike victory around the Pistons, 125-115, at Fiserv Discussion board.
Antetokounmpo finished with 43 factors, on an successful 17-of-24 taking pictures from the subject, like a pair of 3-tips. He had his way in the paint, with 4 of his seven misses coming on 3-level tries.
The Pistons had even larger concerns, as rookie Killian Hayes left the sport in the third quarter simply because of a hip damage, a non-contact issue that occurred although he was contesting a rapid break. The extent of the injuries is unclear, as is a likely return for Hayes.
“He is going to have an MRI tomorrow and we will discover out a lot more,” Pistons mentor Dwane Casey claimed. “(The health-related crew) believed it was a hip flexor but they weren’t positive, so they are heading to see.”
Jerami Grant ongoing his early-period scoring binge, with 24 points, four rebounds and three blocks, and Derrick Rose extra 24 factors and 8 assists off the bench for the Pistons (1-6).
They just did not have an solution for Antetokounmpo, who experienced 30 details in the initial 50 % and dominated in the paint, acquiring Grant in early foul issues, with two fouls in the first two minutes.
“It is a mastering expertise for our guys. I imagined we competed tricky, we acquired ourselves back again in posture but again, it’s the very little issues like totally free throw-line box-outs,” Casey explained. “You won’t be able to take it in there and flip it up you’ve got to just take it in sturdy with conviction from the group like this size. There ended up a lot of great matters but also several negatives to conquer a workforce like this.
“Our margin for error taking part in in opposition to a workforce like this is extremely compact.”
The Pistons did not allow the Bucks (4-3) operate absent with it, applying a 6- run to commence the fourth quarter to trim the guide to 97-86, but the Bucks answered with back again-to-back 3-tips by Bryn Forbes and Jrue Holiday getaway. Rose finished the run with a 3-pointer but Antetokounmpo adopted with a lay-in.
The Pistons shut to inside of eight points on a few straight 3-tips, by Rose, Grant and Svi Mykhailiuk (13 factors), to make it 113-105 at the 5:03 mark, but the Bucks pulled away in the remaining minutes, with a 5- run, which include a putback by Antetokounmpo, a lay-in by Brook Lopez and a free throw by Khris Middleton (19 factors).