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Pistons’ Andre Drummond shoves Giannis Antetokounmpo, gets ejected

Andre Drummond, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Pistons, Bucks

Milwaukee Bucks superstar forward Giannis Antetokounmpo has his team playing high-level NBA basketball at the perfect time. Andre Drummond responded. How effective that response will be remains to be seen.

With the Bucks rolling against the Detroit Pistons on Sunday evening, Milwaukee was well on its way to a 1-0 series lead in the Eastern Conference first round. On the other end of the floor, Drummond — the Pistons’ center — put his frustrations on full display. The veteran big man was promptly ejected from the game after shoving Antetokounmpo under the hoop.

Andre Drummond was assessed a Flagrant 2 foul as a result of the following play.

The Bucks notably finished the 2018-19 regular season with the best record in the NBA, notching 60 wins (60-22). The Bucks are seeded first in the Eastern Conference with the Pistons at No. 8. Detroit finished at 41-41. The Pistons know they need to rattle the Bucks and get them off their game. It was hard to do so with Blake Griffin out with an injury, but Andre Drummond tried to plant a seed he hopes will grow into something significant in Game 2.

Giannis Antetokounmpo finished this regular season as the front-runner for this year’s MVP award. The 24-year-old superstar averaged a single-season career-high 27.7 points per game with 12.5 rebounds, 5.9 assists, 1.5 blocks and 1.3 steals over the course of 72 outings. Antetokounmpo also averaged 32.8 minutes per contest and appeared in a total of 72 regular season games for the Bucks in 2018-19.

Last season, “The Greek Freak” broke out and averaged 26.9 points over the course of 36.7 minutes per game and 75 regular season appearances in all. The Pistons and Drummond know they need to have a credible reply for Giannis. Game 1 was not an occasion in which Detroit was supremely equipped to create a counter, but if Griffin can return for Game 2, this series could become a lot more compelling and textured.