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Griffin had a career season, leading the Pistons to the playoffs, but without him they were blown out by the Bucks in Game 1.

However, according to Yahoo NBA writer Vincent Goodwill, Griffin is "likely" to miss the entire first round series with a knee injury. Eric Bledsoe had 15 points, and Brook Lopez and Khris Middleton each added 14.

When Andre Drummond gave up and just pushed Giannis over after Giannis ripped an offensive rebound, it was plain to see that Drummond could see that... the game was very much over.

It can be frustrating for Griffin, who now could potentially miss the entire series due to injury, as Drummond had a strong 12-point, 12-rebound double-double before exiting - although the outcome was almost unavoidable.

Griffin played in 75 games for Detroit this season - the most he has played since the 2013-14 season - but missed four of the past seven games with knee soreness. The Bucks were without guards Malcolm Brogdon (foot) and Tony Snell (ankle). The bench scored 43 points in Game 1. Donovan Mitchell had 19 points, but did not have an assist as the Jazz went long stretches without scoring. Utah finished just 7-for-27 on 3-pointers and committed 19 turnovers.

Rudy Gobert had 22 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Jazz. The lead shrunk to as few as three points in the fourth quarter, but Oklahoma City never had possession with a chance to tie. The win was the Bucks' third-largest playoff victory in franchise history.

Detroit will once again be scraping and clawing for points - and Kennard is the only one willing to provide them early this series.

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