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"It's about pride," says coach Dwane Casey of Pistons' 3-0 hole against Bucks on April 21, 2019.
Vince Ellis, Detroit Free Press

The Detroit Pistons season ended on Monday night with another blowout loss. The score was ugly.

again.

Milwaukee won the first round of the first round with 127-104. And the score never lies.

But it does not tell the whole story.

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Pistons Striker Blake Griffin kicks off Bucks striker Giannis Antetokounmpo in the first half of Game 4 of the playoff series at the Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, Monday, April 22, 2019. (Photo: Junfu Han, Detroit Free Press)

Yes, the pistons were swept. Yes, they have lost every game in double digits. Yes, they are far from the top of the Eastern Conference and the Milwaukee Bucks.

But then you knew it all.

What you did not know is whether this team would win 3-0 in the series against a much better team.

Is that important?

Yes, that's right.

It's important for Blake Griffin, who played the best basketball of his life this season, before a knee injury slowed him in recent weeks. That's why he was out there on Monday night, head down, attacking the rim of a coccyx, hurling his body at Milwaukee's length and size and dropping it after 22 points.

In his last game of the year he had a penalty kick seven minutes from time. And when he sat on the Pistons bench in the Little Caesars Arena on Monday night, the crowd shouted, "MVP! MVP!

He received the Chants.

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