The start of the NBA playoffs always brings one or two series which, when viewed in the program, spark a collective cry from fans around the world: "Can we just ignore this one? " At first glance, the Bucks-Pistons series, which has the No. 1 seed of the Eastern Conference against a seed without Blake Griffin 8, falls into this category of games that can be skipped. The final score of Game 1, 121-86 in favor of the Bucks, does not present much reason to watch the remaining three games.
But! And if I told you that there is actually a good reason to watch the rest of the Bucks-Pistons series, and that the reason is: Giannis Antetokounmpo will be so clown with the Pistons that at the end of fourth quarter will be gathered in the center of the courtyard crying and trembling and imploring a mercy they will not receive.
Antetokounmpo scored 24 points and 17 rebounds in just 23 minutes during the first part. The performance does not allow to conclude that the Pistons, like all other teams in the league, can do nothing to stop this guy. Antetokounmpo went where he wanted on the ground and did what he wanted to do once arrived there; he was so much bigger, stronger and meaner than anyone, he came out of the screen as a video game boss. In response, the Pistons did what angry and over-assorted teams often do and tried to be brutal with Antetokounmpo. The former Buck Thon Maker sent the Greek Freak to the ground early in the game and, in the second half, Andre Drummond gave up all pretense:
If there is one thing we have learned about Antetokounmpo in recent seasons, it's that he can be a real bastard on the pitch. He told the world that Ben Simmons is a "fucking baby" for no other reason than Simmons is somehow getting in his way. What do you think he's going to do now that Drummond and the Pistons have upset him?
You can not see a very good NBA player turning into a superstar who is destroying the world so many times in your life, and this season has given us a chance to see Antetokounmpo do just that. This is his first playoff series as the most unstoppable force in basketball. He now has before him a team of petulant scrubs, just begging to be humiliated. If Antetokounmpo decides to grant them their wish, it will be worthwhile to be granted.