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