Pistons' Blake Griffin likely to miss first-round series with Bucks

NBA Playoff Series Previews Milwaukee Bucks vs. Detroit Pistons

The Detroit Pistons task of taking down the number one seeded Milwaukee Bucks just got a bit tougher ahead of Game One.

Griffin has been struggling with the knee issue in recent weeks and sat out of the Pistons' 121-86 blowout road loss in Game 1.

The report adds there is no structural damage in the knee, although it's unclear if Griffin will need a minor procedure this offseason.

On the road, the eighth-seeded Pistons lost by 25 to the team with the best record in the league at Fiserv Forum.

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2018-2019 was Budenholzer's first as the head coach of a completely revitalized Milwaukee Bucks that profited from selfless play, the emergence of Giannis Antetokounmpo, and selfless play from the rest of the unit.

Griffin has been the catalyst for the Pistons making the playoffs for only the second time in the last decade, and he's stayed largely healthy until this injury.

But the task got more hard with leading scorer Blake Griffin being ruled out of Game 1 due to a sore knee that bothered him in the waning days of the regular season, and the Bucks took full advantage of Griffin's absence. Griffin played 75 games in his first full season in Detroit - his most since 2013-14 - and the organization wants to preserve his health for the long term because he's under contract until 2021-22. He also shot a career-best 36.2 per cent from beyond the arc.

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