It’s safe to say Adrian Griffin is happy with the mentality and approach the Milwaukee Bucks had in their demolition of the Detroit Pistons on Saturday night.
The Bucks were on the headlines of NBA news recently, thanks to the controversial ending of their meeting with the Indiana Pacers. The meeting aside, the game-ball controversy made national headlines and even sparked plenty of discussions among former players, media personalities and even the casual fans.
Against the Pistons, however, it was clear that the Bucks have already moved on from the issue and they were solely focused on the task at hand.
Milwaukee showed no mercy to the Pistons at all, jumping to a staggering 23-point leads in the first quarter (going 43-20) and never looking back en route to the 146-114 victory. The Bucks didn’t even need Giannis Antetokounmpo to do plenty of work, as the Greek Freak finished with 22 points, eight rebounds and six assists in just 26 minutes of playing time.
Griffin absolutely loved the way his Bucks played, particularly the leadership their top guys showed in the contest.
“I thought our leaders were leaders tonight,” Adrian Griffin shared, per the Associated Press. “There was no messing around. I thought that in the locker room, there was a seriousness before the game.”
The Bucks tactician also emphasized that he is glad the team didn’t let the Pistons record make them complacent. With Detroit entering the game on a 22-game losing streak, it would have been easy for the Bucks not to take it too seriously and not play hard. Instead, they showed they came to fight and didn’t slow down until the game is over.
Regardless of who their opponent is, the Bucks play to win, plain and simple.
“I thought our entire team had the right approach coming into this game,” Griffin added, via Bally Sports Wisconsin.
Damian Lillard, Bobby Portis Step Up for Milwaukee Bucks
Adrian Griffin certainly has a lot to be happy about. Giannis Antetokounmpo got some much-needed rest and lesser workload, while both Damian Lillard and Bobby Portis led the way en route to the massive blowout.
Dame Time top-scored for the Bucks with 33 points on 11-of-22 shooting. He also had four rebounds and five assists as the Pistons couldn’t find a way to slow him down.
Meanwhile, Portis had a monster double-double of 31 points and 12 rebounds in what was easily his best game as a Buck. Portis, who was ejected against the Pacers after defending Giannis, showed how important he is to the team with his dominant display.
As Adrian Griffin highlighted, these two leaders set the tone for the Milwaukee Bucks right from the start, and it allowed them to keep their high-level play throughout.
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