The 12-14 #Pistons are in Boston to take on the 12-14 Celtics Wednesday night. Detroit is 1-0 against the Celtics this season and have won five of the last seven games against Boston.
Celtics Head Coach Brad Stevens thinks Detroit is one of the most talented teams in the NBA.
“I’ve always thought they were one of the most talented teams, especially in the East, they’ve got a 3-man who is playing like an All-Star in Josh Smith, who is not a normal 3-man. You’ve got a guy like (Greg) Monroe who’s a bonafide scorer, who can get the ball on either block and score, can drive it from the elbow and score, can make mid-range shots.
(They have) probably other than Dwight Howard the next most athletic center in the league in Andre Drummond. And then you’ve got perimeter guys in (Rodney) Stuckey, (Brandon) Jennings, (Chauncey) Billups, on down the line, (Will) Bynum, (Kentavious) Caldwell-Pope is playing well, that can go off. So you’ve got a lot of guys that can do a lot of things. They’re a very formidable group in my opinion.” via NBA.com
The good: Josh Smith has been playing the best basketball in a Pistons uniform the past two games, and looks like he figured out how to with this team to help them win. The last time the Pistons played Boston Andre Drummond, Greg Monroe and Josh Smith each recorded 15 points.
The bad: Despite the Pistons being the only team that has beaten the Pacers and the Heat on their home courts, they are getting little respect around the NBA for doing it.
The unknown: Can Detroit start closing out games on a consistent basis without letting their opponents get back into games in the fourth when they have the lead?
Injury Report: None.
Fact: Josh Smith has scored 30-plus points in each of his last two games – the first Piston with back-to-back 30-pointperformances since Richard Hamilton in February 2006.
Stat: Andre Drummond now ranks second in the NBA in field goal percentage with 61.8%.
Fact:Andre Drummond ranks first in the Eastern Conference in double-doubles and third in the NBA with 18 double-doubles.
Tip off is at 7:30 pm and will be broadcast on Fox Sports Detroit . If you can’t catch the game on TV, catch it on the radio over at 97.1 The Ticket.
NBA. com forgot to mention Buckets Singler is playing well off the bench also.
Battle for 4th place in the East tonight.
Boston will stay 4th regardless.
detroit disrespected the celtics in the 1st quarter, thought detroit didnt have to play defense. 42 points later detroit woke up and battled back. Jennings was money. Not gonna look up stats, but you can tell how fired up he was to win this.
Ya, he loves being the man and taking the last shot. Which is good and bad.
I love jenning’s attitude. He’s young and angry.
I don’t have a problem with it or with him, he just forces sometimes that’s all.
down by 21 points in the first quarter??? pistons beat celtics
No Stuckey, NO PROBLEM Down by 20, NO PROBLEM, Boston has the last shot of regulation NO PROBLEM.
JSmoove with the great defense without fouling on that last shot. Double double by Dre and BJ. 5 Pistons in double figures including Buckets. Another road warrior victory. Last year they would have lost this game for sure.
Every single team in the Atlantic division of the Eastern conf has a losing record.
i was at the game last night, 2 rows behind the bench just to the left. a few observtions:
Sheed in a suit seems unnatural
My wife, a die hard celtics fan, thinks the The Need For Swede looks like a taller swedish matt damon.
Joe dumars was sitting a few rows behind us to the left. he’s gotten huge. really huge. i thought he was rick mahorn at first
I cannot fathom why our defense is so bad. is it lack of hustle? bad design? not the right personnel? because when the starting five are in: that should let the perimeter guys overplay and let the bigs handle any penetration (on transition d, it’s clearly a lack of getting back down)
after the first quarter, i called the comeback
Jennings needs to stop trying to play to get fouled and just run the play and finish strong. he does one more finger roll, and ill kneecap him. GO STRONG TO THE HOOP, YOUNGIN’
I couldnt believe how many bunnies that smith, moose and drummond missed in the first quarter
I was estatic not to see CV3 play. Last time they were at the Garden, he was the reason they lost. even celtic fans were calling for him to shoot. it was embarrasing
CV31 will only play if the Pistons are in a blow out situation and Cheeks wants to rest his 10 man rotation. I pity the team that signs him to a contract next year just because he is 6`11″. He is without a doubt the NBA`s highest paid benchwarmer. Darko should be his middle name.
I thought you mentioned too many negative things on this come from behind win.
Where all my Branden Jennings haters at?
BJ is better than Knight. Smith is better than Prince. Moose is having a solid year. Singler and Stuckey have found their role off the bench. Dre is a future all star. KCP hopefully will be a starter for years to come. I like Cheeks low key coaching style. Things are looking up for the new look Pistons. If I were Gore I would be very excited about this improving team. Next year they should have enough cap space to resign Moose and sign another quality guard.
Charlotte is playing better and they are right behind us in the standing.