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In a game where the final score was not as bad it could’ve been, the Boston Celtics beat the Detroit Pistons 109 – 86 in a game that proved exactly where the Pistons are right now as a team.

This is a mediocre team right now that is lacking heart and drive to fight through some early season adversity to get to their first win.  The roster, as Nat and I have been saying all offseason, is unbalanced and full of talent but none of them have stepped up and taken the leadership role that’s required of a good team.  I could rail on all day about this but, I’ll re-cap the game:

  • Rajon Rondo was the best player on the court tonight and proved it by toying with the Pistons defense to the tune of 17 assists in 36 minutes of play.  Sure, he’s the point guard for the Celtics so he’s the main distributor BUT, his 0 turnovers proved not only did the Pistons not play defense but that he was making all the right moves.
  • Charlie Villanueva finally earned the right to talk tough about his opponent as he pulled down 7 rebounds to go with his 17 points off  the bench.
  • Rodney Stuckey, who had been playing so well coming into the game, reverted back to his 2009 form by not being able to finish at the rim or hit a jumpshot consistently as he finished 6-15 from the field and had 15 points to go with only 3 assists.
Rodney Stuckey

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  • As Nat mentioned, KG and Charlie Villanueva got into it a little bit last night, and both received technical fouls in the 4th quarter.  You can see the re-cap of what Charlie says happened here.
  • Since we’re talking about technical fouls, a member of “Team Boney” in one of the Need4Sheed Fantasy Basketball leagues received one last night.  Glen Davis was called for a technical foul in the 1st quarter after being called for fouling Ben Gordon.
  • This team is getting good at finger pointing.  Coach Kuester says someone needs to step up, Tayshaun says someone needs to coach better, I say be a man and do your job.
  • As much as I hate to say it, I think I’d take Rondo over any PG in the league right now.  Sure he’s playing with good talent around him but he’s made up for his other shortcomings by becoming a better floor leader and forcing those around him to be better.  (Even though he does look like Earthworm Jim)
  • One good thing to come out of last night’s game was the fact that Greg Monroe got some decent playing time for the first time in his young career.  He did not score a basket, but he had 10 rebounds in 18 minutes of action.

So, the re-cap is short I know it is.  I don’t think any of us want to watch a replay of last night’s game, let alone discuss it in great detail.  I’m sure I’ll be railed against for thinking Rondo is a good point guard and people will try to tell me it’s because he’s playing with good players, which to an extent is true.

The fun doesn’t stop tonight either because after last night’s debacle in Detroit, the Pistons get to travel to Atlanta to play against a Hawks team that has started off the season 3-0 under new coach Larry Drew.  The Pistons will likely be without Richard Hamilton, Will Bynum and now Tracy McGrady who came down clutching his knee last night.

The Pistons are back home to take on the Boston Celtics Tuesday night at The Palace.  After losing their first three in (in disastrous fashion), Detroit would like to get their first win of the season.  Their 0-3 start is their worst since the 1999-2000 season.

Injury Update:

Will Bynum – Out
Charlie Villanueva – Game time decision
Rip Hamilton – Questionable
Chris Wilcox – Doubtful
Boston:
Shaquille O’Neal – Doubtful

The Scouting Report via Pistons.com

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Tip off is at 7:30 pm and will be broadcast on FSN Detroit.  If you can’t catch the game on TV, follow it live over at NBA.com or on the radio over at 9.71 The Ticket.

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The Associated Press

Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers says that center Rasheed Wallace is probably going to retire.

Rivers said on WEEI-AM on Monday that Wallace told him before Game 7 of the NBA finals that he believed it was the last game of his career.

Wallace has two years left on the contract he signed with the Celtics last summer.

The 35-year-old would finish with 15,860 points and 7,321 rebounds in a 15-year career. The volatile big man was also the most ejected player of his era, with 30 ejections since such records started being kept in 1992.

He played with four teams, winning the NBA title with the Detroit Pistons in 2004.

So…No Need4Sheed?

I guess he’ll have a bit more leisure time.

Sheed Hendrix

The Pistons vs. The cavaliers

The 23-44 Pistons are hosting the 52-15 Cleveland Cavaliers tonight at the Palace.  One hopes that they will at least put up a fight after last night’s debacle against the Celtics.

If you didn’t look at the front page of NBA.com, you missed this headline and article.
Davidson’s death, rough economy lead to Pistons’ demise

A lot of truth there and pretty fitting after the Pistons performance last night.

Ben Wallace is still listed as day to day.
Rodney has no timetable on his return.
No conformation whether Tayshaun will play or not.

With Jonas Jerebko now starting at power forward, Kuester would have to go in another direction for Prince’s replacement – perhaps Austin Daye, who has a pair of starts already under his belt. Daye totaled 29 points and 11 rebounds in starts on Nov. 27 against the Clippers and Jan. 18 against the Knicks. He scored a career-high 16 points at New York. Via Ryan Pretzer at Pistons.com

The Scouting Report via Pistons.com

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Tip is at 7:30 pm EST and will be broadcast on FS Detroit with the radio broadcast over at  97.1 The Ticker or follow the action online over at NBA.com.

NEED4SHEED GAME CHAT

Need4Sheed Guest Writer: @_dannyb_
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When you see my name and picture at the beginning of a post, I guess that means it’s been another lopsided loss in a season full of disappointment for the Detroit Pistons.  So far this season I’ve covered perhaps 2 of the worst losses of the 2009-2010 season for the Pistons, and this game will make it 3.  At the beginning of the season, when I looked at the schedule I knew that this 3 week stretch of games (Washington, Utah, Cleveland (2x), Boston (2x), New York, Atlanta) could make or break this Pistons’ season.  Who knew that not only would the Pistons not be in position to make the playoffs, but that their only win will likely come from beating the lowly Washington Wizards?  Let’s get to the “highlights” shall we?:

Final Score 93-119

Key Points:

  • The game was over after 12 minutes.  After scoring only 15 points in the first quarter, and losing their starting SF (Tayshaun Prince), Coach Q might as well have thrown in the towel.  Tay went down hard from a blow to that back from Jason Maxiell’s knee.  The doctors evaluated him on the spot and said it didn’t look like it had anything to do with his prior back injury but it looked awful nonetheless.

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  • Rajon Rondo’s stat line (3pts, 6ast, 4stl) doesn’t show how tenacious he was on the defensive end.  He was up in Will Bynum’s jersey all night and poking at the ball and creating turnovers for Bynum, Hamilton, Prince, and Gordon.
  • I can’t remember the last time I saw Rasheed Wallace attempt only 1 three pointer.  He scored 8 points and had 4 rebounds in 17 minutes on the floor.  He has lost a few steps this season but, he still has my respect for helping this team the way he did from 04-08 (he didn’t do much in 09).
  • Jonas Jerebko was in foul trouble early, but it’s to be expected when he’s guarding veterans like Paul Pierce and KG who are able to get whistles from the referees.  Jerebko, although he had 10 points with a couple of nice dunks when the game was out of reach, was virtually a non-factor all game.
  • Ben Gordon’s best play as a Piston came on a baseline drive where he took Michael Finley off the dribble, but when he jumped up for the teardrop, Big Baby Davis stepped in front to draw a charge.
  • I’ve got a question for the Boston fans: How does a man, wait “man”, who is listed at 289lbs, fall down so easily when a 6’3 200lb guard hits him?  Didn’t BBD play football at one point in his life?  I don’t want to say the man flops but, the man flops.
  • Rodney Stuckey and Ben Wallace were out again, with injuries.  Stuckey took part in the afternoon shootaround, but as was reported during the game, the medical staff has a heart rate monitor on him and they are monitoring his every move by keeping his workouts light.
  • Charlie Villanueva was nowhere to be found on either end of the court tonight.  The past couple of games I’ve watched (or really the entire season) he just looks like he doesn’t care.  He’s making $7m per season (average) and is lucky to see 20 minutes a night, and honestly I believe that’s only because Ben Wallace is hurt.
  • The first half looked like a layup drill for the Boston Celtics.
  • Kwame Brown allowed 2 easy layups by misreading screen and rolls.  That’s what Kwame is here for right? Defense?
  • Will Bynum was quiet and could not establish a rhythm all night as the paint was locked down and Rondo, as mentioned earlier, was basically wearing his jersey all night.

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  • Richard Hamilton played with what looked like 0 enthusiasm all night.  He was a team worst -22 in +/-.
  • You know, I didn’t really want to say anything but… DaJuan Summers was likely the only one who played solid basketball off the bench tonight.  He scored 12 points on 4-5 from the field (2-2 from 3), and played solid D against Pierce and Garnett.  I’ve been personally calling for DaJuan to get some minutes the entire season.
  • Paul Pierce played 17 minutes and had 15 points.  With Tayshaun out early, and the game out of reach as well, Boston was able to sit their starters for over half the game (except Rondo).
  • Old man Michael Finley bested his career ppg numbers (14.7 ppg in 36 minutes per game) against the Pistons by scoring 15 tonight in 14 minutes of action.
  • Kendrick Perkins picked up his 15th technical on the season by getting tangled up with DaJuan Summers in the first half.  Nate Robinson picked up a technical for hanging on the rim at the end of the game after a dunk.  No techs for Sheed though.
  • Coach Q speaks (from AP): “They were good. We were bad.  It was one of the few games that our energy wasn’t the way it should be, and I’m disappointed with the way we played.” – I’d say that of the 3 games I’ve guest written for, that all 3 games had the same amount of energy or less.
  • No reason for Tony Allen to throw a lob off the glass to Nate Robinson when up 20+, with a minute to go in the game.  Nate picked up a tech for hanging on the rim, but they both would’ve picked up a forearm shiver in the throat if the old Bad Boys had any say in it.
  • This team is bad.  This team needs a few pieces, and to build a new identity.  Right now there’s nothing.  They’re one of the worst offensive teams, one of the worst teams defensively, they’re a shell of their former selves.
  • Game Recap from NBA.com, where you can also she how Tay went down.

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I’m sorry if I’m like the Grim Reaper of the game recaps, I don’t mean to pick games that Detroit will get blown out in.  I figure by picking an Indiana, New York and struggling Boston team that they would’ve won at least 1 of the games.  Tonight’s game reminded me of those old Harlem Globetrotter highlights against the Washington Generals.  Aside from Jonas Jerebko’s 2 sorta highlight worthy fast break dunks, none of the Pistons did anything that will jump off the highlight reel or stat sheet.  It’s hard to even really say the talent is there at this point, because without the backcourt having a big game night in and night out, guys like Jerebko and Maxiell can’t produce in the paint.  Unless the effort is there on the defensive end, they simply can’t outrun and outgun teams for some reason.  The names on the score sheet have put up solid ppg stats their entire careers, but for some reason this season it just hasn’t clicked even when they’ve all been healthy.

Thanks again to Natalie for letting me give this game a writeup.  I hope I get to do 1 more before the end of the season because, win or lose, this is fun and it’s fun to read all your feedback good or bad.  You can follow me on twitter (@iamboney) or email me at boneyinbox@gmail.com.

The Pistons vs. The Celtics

The 23-43 Pistons are in Boston tonight to take on Rasheed Wallace and the 41-24 Celtics. I realize the Pistons aren’t the team they used to be, but this particular opening sentence to the NBA.com preview of the game sort of made me mad.

“It was a rough week for the Boston Celtics. A visit from the lowly Detroit Pistons to open a brief home stretch could help them get back on track.” Via NBA.com

Lowly….really? We aren’t New Jersey just yet.

Ben Wallace is still listed as day to day and as we know Rodney has no timetable on his return.

The Scouting Report via Pistons.com

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Tip is at 8:00 pm EST and will be broadcast on ESPN with the radio broadcast over at 950 AM WWJ or follow the action online over at NBA.com.

UPDATE

We had to Cancel Celtics Late Night Show tonight.  Sorry I won’t be able to take your calls after the game but I am sure we’ll do it again soon.

NEED4SHEED GAME CHAT

Exciting game at the Palace despite a Pistons loss to Rasheed Wallace and the Boston Celtics.   Detroit kept it close throughout, but couldn’t hold it together in the fourth quarter to get the W.  The Pistons are now 21-39 after the 105-100 loss to Boston.

Key Points:

  • Though wasn’t that close to the action, I could still here the emphatic Rasheed Wallace scream “Ball Don’t Lie” from my seat at the Palace.

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  • Great third quarter, but it all fell apart in the fourth.
  • They got as close as three with second left on the clock.
  • Detroit’s bench really did a bad job tonight, once again they took a lead and dug a hole.
  • I know it’s not my money, but can Ben Gordon give us a refund?  Eight points in 26 minutes with 4 turnovers.  He’s the anti-clutch right now.
  • A double-double for Jonas Jerebko, who in my mind was the player of the game for Detroit.  The Birthday boy lead Detroit with 16 points, 10 boards, a steal and an assist in 30 minutes on the floor.  His Swedeness never ceases to amaze.

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  • Ben Wallace helped off the floor in the closing minute of the game after  putting up six with a blocked shot and 12 boards.  If Ben goes you can start looking at an unofficial tank.
  • Kuester mentioned Ben had a sore knee in the post game presser. I’m sure we will be updated later.
  • Richard Hamilton with 16 on 4-for-9 shooting with 7 assists and a steal.   Rip went 7-for-7 for the line after missing clutch free throws the other night.
  • Rip to Ben Alley-Oop

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  • Tayshaun Prince, who scored 15 points and looked very good, had a scary moment going down after he rolled an ankle.  The sprain looked pretty bad, but he came back late in the fourth to finish the game.
  • 3-for-20 from downtown for Detroit.
  • Austin Daye a HUGE spark off the bench.  Daye just kept hitting shots scoring 9 points in 13 minutes with 5 boards.  Give this Kid Charlie Villanueva’s minutes and his sandwiches.
  • Will Bynum just isn’t Bynumite as of late, 14 minutes an assists and 4 points.
  • A much better 76% from the line for Detroit, who had been shooting in the 50′s from the line on the west coast trip.
  • I think Charlie Villanueva should take 3/4 of his salary and deposit it into Jonas Jerebko’s bank account.
  • Rodney Stuckey 5-for 15 for 13 points with 6 assists.  This blow-by layup was Stucktacular.

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  • Jason Maxiell still bringing it.
  • What do you know, Sheed actually was in the paint for Boston.  Think he’s getting a bonus for that?
  • Someone please inform the Pistons that Nate Robinson likes to go off on their team.  Nate off the bench knocking down threes and pushing Boston over the top with 14 points in 15 minutes.
  • This block on Nate by Stuck did make the whole Palace get up out of their seats.

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The 21-38 Detroit Pistons will be hosting The 36-21 Boston Celtics tonight at the Palace.  Set another Sheed return aside, the Pistons are hosting something bigger than a ball game tonight. The Pistons Care Telethon is in progress and set to feed a lot of hungry people in Michigan. If you can help, even if it’s only a dollar, please do.

On a personal note, I’ll will be a guest of Celtics Late Night, after the game to give them my take on the Detroit side of things, as well as a lot of good natured (not really) ribbing about all things I hate that are green.

The Show starts at 11:00, and as soon as I get back from the game I will be joining the show Live.  If you are so inclined, please call in so I can chat with my fellow Pistons fans.  Let’s show the Celtics fans we mean business.

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And to make things…better (or maybe worse) I spotted Rajon Rondo and Tony Allen last night when I was having dinner and  gave them both the evil Pistons StinkEYE. Does that GuaranSWEDE a Pistons win? Not sure it does, but it sure made me feel good.

The Scouting Report via Pistons.com

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Tip is at 7:30 pm EST and will be televised on Fox Sports Detroit. For the radio broadcast tune in to 97.1 The Ticket or follow the action over at NBA.com.

NEED4SHEED GAME CHAT

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Thanks to my up close and personal seat behind the Celtics Bench and my awesome Pistons themed Flip Video, here is Sheed’s return to The Palace of Auburn Hills for the very first time in green.

Straight from my unsteady hand to you in HD, with a special bonus, the Pistons opening intros.

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I am sincerely apologizing for my whistling, I know I can get pretty loud at times.