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Game 3: Celtics (0-2) @ Pistons (1-1) Open Thread

http://a.espncdn.com/photo/2008/1103/nba_g_sheed_580.jpgBoston at Detroit
6:00 P.M. ET
The Palace of Auburn Hills


Offensive Efficiency:
Boston: 99.7 points/100 possessions (16th)
108.3 points/100 possessions (6th)

Defensive Efficiency:
Boston: 107.6 points allowed/100 possessions (27th)
Detroit: 106.4 points allowed/100 possessions (26th)

Probable Pistons Starters:
Brandon Jennings (PG), Chauncey Billups (SG), Josh Smith (SF), Greg Monroe (PF) & Andre Drummond (C)

View From The Opposing Bench: PistonPowered

Thumbnail: Well, that 22-point lead was nice while it lasted. Just as the Bucks did in their first game of the season, they mounted a huge comeback and grabbed the lead in the fourth quarter. However, on Friday, they tasted sweet victory at TD Garden to take their third straight contest in Boston.

The men in green now head to Detroit, where they have not fared well recently. The Celtics face another new head coach in Maurice Cheeks, who was an assistant in Oklahoma City for the last few seasons. Celtics fans will also be able to see some old friends on Sunday: Chauncey Billups, whose career in Boston was way too short, found his way back to Motown this past offseason as well as Rasheed Wallace, who is in his first year as a Pistons assistant coach for player development.

Just as the Bucks were without a few of their point guards on Friday, the Pistons could be missing their starting point guard for this game. Brandon Jennings, who they acquired in a trade in late July, is a game-time decision after fracturing his jaw a few weeks ago. However, Detroit’s offense seems to have been fine without him through the first two games of 2013-14.

If the Celtics want to win this game, they have to listen to Gerald Wallace. The Celtics’ selfishness has been on full display as they have consecutive regular-season games of 15 or fewer assists for the first time since March 2009. They have not had three such games in a row in more than a decade. The lack of an experienced, pure point guard hurts Boston in this area, but the team has to move the ball better.

Prediction: The Celtics drop their fifth straight game at the Palace of Auburn Hills.

Pistons 101, Celtics 95

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  • The Cardinal

    A Bogans-man sighting, but still no Brooks. Hmmm….

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

    Sheeessshh.. Celtic sucks..why force Bradley at point? Pressey is better than him.

    • The Cardinal

      Agreed…AB's ball handling skills – and I use the phrase loosely – are atrocious. I can't think of another starting 1 or 2 guard who's worse at dribbling, seeing the floor and passing.

  • The Cardinal

    It's incredible the C's have cut the lead to 7 with under 2 minutes left in the 3rd. And… Brooks finally gets into a game.

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

    Celts looks like sh+t without a legit PG.

  • skeeds

    kids putting up some nice runs. good character building stuff. First time in Bradley's career I've seen him snap himself out of a scoring funk in-game too. Good.

  • The Cardinal

    Oh boy…with a competent backcourt we'd probably be 3 – 0. As an aside, I am so glad that Josh Smith never ended up in green.

  • hydrofluoric

    "Avery Bradley, Point Guard" is one of the most entertaining ways to tank.

    79-77 in a winnable game. The Celtics' answer? Run some "two man game" between Bradley and Courtney Lee. Results in (shocking) a Detroit steal and free throws.

    C'mon Wiggins!

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

    Aren't you tired of seeing Avery Bradley's turn-over errors (6x vs Pistons). Put Pressey at POINT!!!

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