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Game 28/66: Pistons (8-22) @ Celtics (15-12)

 

Boston vs Detroit
7:30 P.M. ET
TD Garden
CSNNE

Offensive Efficiency:
Boston: 101.5 points/100 possessions (21st)
Detroit: 98.7 points/100 possessions (26th)

Defensive Efficiency:
Boston: 97.6 points allowed/100 possessions (2nd)
Detroit: 108.2 points allowed/100 possessions (29th)

Key Injuries:  Brandon Bass is out. Jermaine O’Neal, Kevin Garnett and Mickael Pietrus are all probable.

Probable Detroit Starters: Rodney Stuckey (SG), Brandon Knight (PG), Tayshaun Prince (SF), Jason Maxiell (C), Greg Monroe (PF)

View From The Opposing Bench: Piston Powered

I went 3-on-3 with the boys over at  ESPNBoston on tonight’s game. Here’s a quick sampling of our responses to get you ready for tonight. Check out the full post by clicking the link above.

1. Beyond rebound machine Greg Monroe, what scares you most about this Pistons team?

Payne: I’m just always weary of any young team that could be underestimated by a veteran group like Boston. When a team like that comes in with an underwhelming record, there’s always the potential for it to be underestimated, so I’d be concerned about the C’s taking Detroit too lightly and giving the Pistons confidence as the game goes on, which could help them hang on for longer than they probably should.

Robb: Lawrence Frank. The C’s former top lieutenant has this semi-talented crew playing hard, having won four of their last six games and almost putting together a monster comeback last night against the Spurs. And if there’s anyone who know this Celtic team nearly inside-out it’s Frank who saw the best (and worst) this team had to offer last season. The Pistons will come out ready tonight to take advantage of this knowledge and that combined with their offensive rebounding prowess (8th in offensive rebounding rate) should keep Boston on guard.

Forsberg: Doc Rivers is in the middle of an extensive “pick up the tab” stretch with former top assistants Tom Thibodeau and Frank comprising four straight games (after tonight the Celtics go visit Chicago and Detroit). But the biggest thing to me tonight is simply keeping Detroit off the glass overall. Sure, Monroe has accounted for a third of their offensive rebounds, but the Pistons are still sixth overall in the league in that category and Jonas Jerebko and Jason Maxiell can attack the offensive glass as well. Boston can’t allow second-chance opportunities, especially given its dinged-up frontcourt.

  • http://twitter.com/michaeljavid @michaeljavid

    I'm predicting Rondo goes absolutely nuts tonight. There's something unstable about that guy… and I think the scales are tipped towards playing possessed basketball right now…

    • CelticsBIG3

      great prediction bro you were right on. to bad everybody else sleep walked 2nite

  • lakershater13

    I would have KG available but wouldn’t play him unless they need him. Give the young guys a shot.

  • skeeds

    Damn this team has graduated some great coaches. Frank's making something out of almost nothing for this Pistons group, and well, Thibs, what a coach he turned out to be…

    I'm gonna go with michaeljavid and say Rondo's got some serious issues he'll take out on the court tonight…

  • Eric

    Offense is steaming hot garbage right now.

    • Eric

      To be fair I guess the defense sucks too.

  • I_Love_Green

    That was the longest 1st quarter ever.

  • roundo

    JAJUAN ON THAT GRIND!!

  • hdavenport

    I said Maxiell wouldn't be able to block JaJuan's jumper. It just happened. Sorry.

  • ElRoz

    What a non-factor Dooling is! Can this guy be a non-contributor even more?

  • I_Love_Green

    Rondo with more shots than Pierce and Ray combined…

    • ElRoz

      I that good? For do you think? I got to say they need Pierce to step up more tonight…no KG – wake up!

      My goodness, can Dooling and O'Neal be even less useful and productive than they already are? Glaring non-factors…these guys just cannot step up. I'd love for Danny Ainge to package both of them for one player…maybe throw in Marquis Daniels (since Doc won't play him it seems)…put these three guys and get one competent player – a big man/banger for example. Dooling and JO do nothing for the team. Doc ought to use Bradley more.

      • skeeds

        It's good if he's got 27 with 20 minutes to go. Means he's making them.

      • I_Love_Green

        Its bad. Pierce is our best scorer and Ray is our best shooter, these guys need their shots. I'm fine with Rondo being aggressive as long as he's still looking to get the other guys (Ray, KG, Paul) involved. This game is close for a reason.

        • skeeds

          of course they need their shots. Not when they're playing like this though. They've been dead, especially PP, all game. Wilcox and JJJ are the only 2 players other than Rondo both able and willing to play tonight…
          Pierce seems to have decided that he can cruise through the game and come in, make 4-5 hero midrange jumpers in the 4th and win the game. He's missed 3 already.

        • Paul Pierce

          The game is now worse than close, because I'm playing like utter crap. Get Rondo the ball!

  • I_Love_Green

    Wow the effort of our guys tonight! They must really want this win!

  • ElRoz

    So, another loss is pretty much in the books for this sorry bunch.

    If anybody still wonders if Rondo or KG is more important to this team: this is how the team plays w/o KG…even when Rondo is in the lineup….no comparison.

  • ElRoz

    So, another loss is pretty much in the books for this sorry bunch.

    If anybody still wonders if Rondo or KG is more important to this team: this is how the team plays w/o KG…even when Rondo is in the lineup….no comparison.

    • CelticsBIG3

      KG obviously important to the defense. Nobody talks on defense when he is off the floor. Whether sitting for a few on the bench or off. Glaring disappointments on defense when he is off the floor

  • IBleedGreen

    Instead of suffering through this game, I am just enjoying Linsanity.

  • Batman

    My god EIRoz you are the most ridiculous Rodo hater I’ve ever seen

    • CelticsBIG3

      Agreeance. Can't wait til tomorrow when the media eats Rondo alive because he scored TOO MANY points and didn't distribute the ball enough. Good god people what do you want from this poor kid? He played in the post 2nite IMPRESSIVELY.

  • ElRoz

    DANNY: blow this team up and get us some draft picks for 2012 in return…no point in getting in at #8 seed…or just missing the playoffs…this team needs lottery and also to get some draft picks – let's get rid of Marquis, JO, and Dooling to move up in the draft…or some from the big 4 to move up.

  • I_Love_Green

    This is the type of game that gets Danny on the phone.

  • guest

    Linsanity wins over the Celtics tonight. Except Rondo, I stopped watching the game but I look at the box score and it looks like he's carrying the team right now. Danny should just pull the trigger and work around Rondo.

  • ElRoz

    I would not build a team around Rondo, not if you want to contend: in a close game he will brick the jumper and the FT..the rest will be forced into taking tough shots because Rondo will be passing up mid-range opne jumpers…not a way to win playoff games.

    • Batman

      I love how you take this from a game where Rondo dominated and the rest of the team decided to sleep on the court

      • CelticsBIG3

        Rondo can easily orchestrate a team with guys who run like wilcox and johnson. He did great. Ben Gordon shouldn't have been left open all night thats why we died tonight

    • I_Love_Green

      We lose by 20+ if not for Rondo tonight.

    • CelticsBIG3

      Absolutely Rondo was great tonight. Never saw him post up so well in a game before. He was in the post all night.

  • I_Love_Green

    GOD DAMNIT THIS GAME IS PISSING ME OFF

  • I_Love_Green

    Give everyone an F or D except Rondo and Wilcox.

  • Batman

    Ray gets a Double F

  • Batman

    I don't understand why Doc pampers the Big 3 so
    They deserve the upmost repsect, but not at the cost of winning games
    bench ray's ass for missing all of his defensive rotations
    bench pierce and ride rondo's hot hand

    My god its not that hard

  • Anthony

    Are you serious??!! How do lose to the Pistons at home allowing 98 pts? I dont care that KG wasn't playing. SMH…

    How in the world did JO get a +5 playing 20 mins getting 1pt 2reb while Monroe shot 11-14 with 22pt and 9reb? Ben Wallace also grabbed 11reb in 15 mins.

    Been saying all this season and last to trade JO. Also not a fan of Dooling either. Still have no clue why DA didnt want to bring back Delonte at a third of the salary.

    Just so disappointed as a Celtics fan. Sigh…

    • Batman

      Everyone wants to trade J.O he plays with the quickness of a sloth
      No one would take him though

      Delonte two reasons: Health issues and locker room issues

      • CelticsBIG3

        Delonte is a straight criminal. We don't need anymore problems right now

      • Anthony

        I wouldnt even care if we use amnesty on JO. Cant believe he gets paid 6+mil a year.

        Obviously its hindsight but Dooling hasnt been healthy and played just a handful of games and not effectively at that. He can shoot but Im a little surprised he's not a better ball handler.

        Wasnt crazy about Wilcox but he's starting to prove to be a nice pick-up. Pietrus also.

        The biggest concern is the Celtics are not taking advantage of their easy schedule. 5 road games to finish Feb and 11(!!) road games in March.

    • smalltownID

      You obviously don't know anything about Delonte's health. Regardless, he has still been way better than Dooling and Mavs seem to be handling him just great.

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