Things went from bad to worse for the Detroit Pistons.
Already overwhelmed by the relentless attack of Giannis Antetokounmpo and Eric Bledsoe, center Andre Drummond took out his frustration on Giannis Antetokounmpo, shoving the Greek Freak to the floor as he was going for a layup.
Andre Drummond has been assigned a Flagrant 2 and he’s EJECTED!! pic.twitter.com/0jahWaJGWZ
— Cream City Central (@CreamCityCtral) April 15, 2019
Drummond was hit with a flagrant-2 foul and thrown from the game. Additionally, the inactive Blake Griffin was given a technical for arguing the call.
Pistons beat writer Rod Beard had this observation:
#Pistons Andre Drummond gets a flagrant-2 for that hard foul on Giannis. Blake Griffin (who is inactive) also gets a tech for arguing.
Yeah, this thing is going off the rails.
— Rod Beard (@detnewsRodBeard) April 15, 2019
Dave Bing’s awesome video intro
Before Game 1 of the Detroit Pistons’ Eastern Conference Quarter Finals matchup against the Milwaukee Bucks, former Detroit Pistons player and mayor of Detroit Dave Bing gave an awesome video introduction. Check it out:
Are you ready to rise, Detroit?
— FOX Sports Detroit (@FOXSportsDet) April 13, 2019
Does that get you going or what?
Thon Maker on how to defense Giannis Antetokounmpo
Thon Maker knows a thing or two about Giannis Antetokounmpo.
The former Bucks forward was traded to the Pistons in February in a 3-team deal that saw Stanley Johnson sent to New Orleans and Nikola Mirotic to the Bucks. Naturally, it will be a new experience for the 7’1, 221 lb Maker facing his former teammate in a playoff series.
“It’s not a one-man effort, you got to have the whole team locked in,” Maker said. “He commands a lot. He sees the double-team, picks that apart. He’s a high IQ player, so you’re not going over there thinking you’re going to guard him one-on-one, and strategically, you got to know what you got to do as a team.”
Assistant coach Sean Sweeney, now with Detroit, was a former assistant with Milwaukee. Maker recalled the practices that he’d be matched up against Antetokounmpo.
“Sweeney tried to make us kill each other,” Maker said. “Most every time it was on reads, off of jabs, a little bit in transition, but most of the times it was a stationary-type thing. Either I deny you get a catch, or you deny I get a catch.