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DET 98, C’s 88: Detroit Rock ****ty

 
Detroit Pistons 98        FinalRecap | Box Score 88 Boston Celtics
Chris Wilcox, PF 26 MIN | 5-6 FG | 1-3 FT | 9 REB | 1 AST | 11 PTS | +4
An actual bright spot. Fun to watch, and probably fun to play with for Rondo; Wilcox should be seeing more time even when KG comes back. He’s not as tall as Jermaine, but he’s about as capable on defense because of his speed.
Paul Pierce, SF 37 MIN | 4-10 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 2 AST | 9 PTS | +9
Very confusing of Pierce to pick a night when KG was out to completely remove himself from the offense for an entire half. He just hung out on the wing, a total waste of floor space. If he’d involved himself more, they could have had a larger lead at the half and a closer game at the end.
Kevin Garnett, PF 29 MIN | 5-8 FG | 3-4 FT | 12 REB | 3 AST | 13 PTS | +16
KG, by no fault of his own, lost this game by not playing. He means more to the defense than any of us understand, and a surprising amount to the offense, as well.
Ray Allen, SG 35 MIN | 3-9 FG | 4-4 FT | 0 REB | 2 AST | 11 PTS | +3After not aging at all for four years, Ray appears to have aged all four of them in the last week. It’s like he broke a curse.
Rajon Rondo, PG 40 MIN | 11-22 FG | 10-13 FT | 10 REB | 15 AST | 32 PTS | +8
27 shots, but if the whole team had shot like he did Boston would have blown this game out. Even his jumpers were falling. His defense was iffy, but when you set a career high in scoring, you get the highest grade.
Keyon Dooling, PG 9 MIN | 0-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | -6
Just not good defensively.
Mickael Pietrus, SF 19 MIN | 1-1 FG | 0-2 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 3 PTS | -4
Once charmingly stupid, Pietrus’s shot selection is starting to be my least favorite thing about anyone on this entire team. It’s getting to the point where you can’t give him the ball in three-point territory, which is the only place you can ever find him on offense.
Greg Stiemsma, C 5 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | -5
Eh!
JaJuan Johnson, F 33 MIN | 6-13 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 12 PTS | -1
My pregame prediction was 14 points on 6-11 shooting and six boards. A-minus for me!

Four Things We Saw

  1. A waste of a spectacular scoring display by Rajon Rondo.
  2. A totally inexplicable no-show from the only members of the Big Three on the floor.
  3. The bench letting the game get away against a bad team that’s still deeper than the Celtics.
  4. The giant hole in the defense left by Kevin Garnett. Nobody knows what to do without him.
  • New English

    Umm, I think you linked the stats from the Bulls game…

    • hdavenport

      The widget is kind of messed up, sorry. Just ignore the stats, the grades and comments are for tonight's game.

      • French

        haha, i thought the KG stats were more of a "what if." More like, if KG played and contributed those kind of numbers, then we might of had a different outcome.

        • New English

          Yeah, for a second I though I somehow missed Rondo also picking up another triple double….

  • Greg

    jo?

    • hdavenport

      He doesn't show up in the widget! WIDGET IMITATES LIFE

  • I_Love_Green

    2 weeks left for this team to prove to Danny they deserve a shot.

    • High Rollers

      Two weeks? Isn't the trade deadline March 15th? But yeah, with Danny Ainge your judge, jury, and executioner, the time to put it all together is now.

  • smalltownID

    I take comfort in the fact the best last pick ever (Semih-automatic Erden) played 32 minutes, was 7 for 8 from the field, 4-7 from the line, and grabbed 9 rebounds. Some of you might be sinking into deeper despair right now. :) :(

    • Batman

      Semih > Steamer

      • I_Love_Green

        Still don't understand why DA would trade Semih. We could really use him this year!

  • Batman

    Throw some D's on that bitch

  • http://Lovemyceltics.blogspot.com mycelts

    SLO-MO TOWN

    Easy baskets when the big guys run, 
    Wilcox's hallmark to start Q1.
    Worried about Pietrus, they said he wouldn't play, 
    Listen to me, not the media he did say.

    Mentoring youth, a major project for Bill Russell, 
    In the House tonight to watch the Cs hustle.
    Rondo delivered as he flew coast to coast,
    Wilcox was with him, took advantage the most.

    7 free throws attempted Q1 by Ray, 
    Two steals, one block, threw the ball away.
    Not much of a stat line for the Captain– P, 
    Q2 Dooling came in, long time no see.

    JaJuan Johnson has a variety of shot,
    Of course we saw what Ben Gordon's got.
    Bradley, Dooling playing great D,
    Wilcox has 10, Cs up 2 to start Q3.

    JO took a charge, there was an alley-oop to be fond o'
    Good play by Wilcox on the pass from Rondo.
    One thing Tommy clearly didn't think was ducky,
    Was the good game played by the Pistons' Stuckey.

    Q3 Rondo is playing at both ends inspired, 
    Help from Dooling, Wilcox, Johnson; Pierce seems tired.
    Because of the Ps offense, or the Cs lack of speed,
    To end Q3 Pistons one point lead.

    Monroe, Gordon,  Stuckey playing lights out, 
    Pierce connected in the fourth after a very long drought.
    35 points for Rondo, tied his career high, 
     It's the rest of the Cs make me want to cry.

    The Cs played zone to confuse the other team, 
    The clock is against the Cs or so it would seem.
    Three times in his whole career no field goals for Ray,
    Finally got one at the end of the game today.

    • dunny dun dun

      are the poems necessary?? you use the easiest words to rhyme

      • CelticsBIG3

        If he wants to write poems what is it of your business?

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

    I didn't watch this game, but Ben Gordon has a track record of making Ray Allen look old.

    By the way, check the +/- for our bench bigs. That Detroit front line was as advertised

  • ripsonics

    yeah I am really embarrassed for Ray Allen. I mean its not that he looks like he is incapable, he just looks disinterested. I dont really understand what the deal is. He usually goes through a funk.. happens every year. Lets look for him to get out of it soon.

    Couldn't help but notice that KG has a bigger impact on the game than we think. That team should not have scored that many points, and while we have a lot of good one-on-one defenders, the team defense is nothing without KG.

    One thing I liked however… Rondo in the post. Heres why. It eliminates his defender from player 6 feet off of him, and with his ability to pass he should be able to find guys around the perimeter, or – because he is such a good finisher, take his own shot. Too bad we didnt really do that a whole lot in the fourth…yikes.

    Oh well.. rebound victory tomorrow hopefully.

    Go C's

  • guest

    Where is Semih and can we get him back please? Hate the loss but I love the title of this article.

  • ElRoz

    Boston beat Orlando twice and Indiana during a stretch w/o Rondo but with KG playing…switch that tonight and they cannot even beat Detroit with Rondo but w/o KG. This reputedly defensive minded team allowed 98 points to a low-scoring Detroit that averages 90 points or less…why? No KG.
    KG is still the most important player on this team, and has been for 5 years.

    I would love for Danny Ainge to package JO, Dooling, and Marquis Daniels (since Doc won't play him) and just get ONE player, a banger/big man, another Wilcox maybe? There's got to be one somewhere out there!

    The team would be fine w/o these three non-contributors and the team can just use Bradley, Moore, and Pietrus as back-ups at guard and small forward…I doubt Bradley would be as bad as Dooling.

    • Kafel

      Of course they are some bigs! For example: http://games.espn.go.com/nba/tradeMachine?tradeId
      This won't cure Celtics problem completely but You won't get any great big man right now because Celtics don't have good pieces and simply there is lack of good available centers in NBA… Sanders is BIG and thats what Celtics lack the most right now. But that's only my opinion

  • Jim

    Ray did not have a great game but Rondo was not exactly putting the ball in his hands either. What I saw was a Detroit team making sure Ray was not open. It seems to me their strategy was to let Rondo shoot which he did quite well along with denying open shots to Pierce and Allen. Lets face it as a team our defence was lacking without KG. Detroit was looking like Miami scoring almost at will. Hopefully KG will be back next game as we are sunk without him.

  • jimmy

    J O is a waste of a spot wilcox should clearly start or we need 2 trade 4 any1 other than jo

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