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Game Preview: Injuries on both sides will alter look of tonights Pistons-Celtics game

As always, the comments are yours for observations/insults during tonight’s game. Have at it.

Game Info: Boston Celtics (2-1) at Detroit Pistons (0-3), 7:30 p.m. on Fox Sports Detroit

Probable starters: DET – Rodney Stuckey, Ben Gordon, Tayshaun Prince, Austin Daye, Ben Wallace; BOS – Rajon Rondo, Paul Pierce, Ray Allen, Kevin Garnett, Jermaine O’Neal

Three things to watch:

1. Charlie Villanueva and Rip Hamilton could miss tonight’s game. Not sure the Pistons could win with them, but it will probably mean more minutes for Gordon (a good thing) and more minutes for Greg Monroe (a good thing). I want to see Monroe play and excel as much as anyone. Keep the expectations for him low tonight. He’s likely to struggle against that Boston front line.

2. Stuckey will get another matchup with an good point guard. So far, Stuckey has had a good all-around game against Russell Westbrook, he was pretty good defensively until the fourth quarter against Devin Harris and Derrick Rose absolutely took over the second half against the Pistons. Rondo is averaging 17 assists (!) per game and has been completely in control of Boston’s offense.

3. Can Daye step up? We’ve debated whether or not Daye should be playing power forward into the ground. And like it or not, he’s probably going to have to play really well there tonight for the Pistons to have a shot. The good news is if his shot actually starts to fall, he can help the team by drawing either Garnett or O’Neal out to guard him.

Pregame reading:


  • Nov 2, 20107:49 pm
    by Patrick Hayes


    Stuckey still isn’t strong with his left hand. Missed an easy layup that he tried to finish lefty.

  • Nov 2, 20107:52 pm
    by Patrick Hayes


    Charlie V is playing tonight. Like him or not, the man has been willing to play through injuries in his Pistons career.

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  • Nov 2, 20108:35 pm
    by Patrick Hayes


    23 minutes in: Rondo 8 assists, Pistons 7 assists.

  • Nov 2, 20108:53 pm
    by detroitpcb


    like to point out another case of game mismanagement by Q. End of the second quarter, Pistons have a foul to give with under 6.5 seconds to go. They do not take it and the end result is a Rondo three.

  • Nov 2, 20109:04 pm
    by Patrick Hayes


    McGrady out for the rest of the game with a “sore knee.”
    Also, Mickey York said at halftime that Rodney Stuckey was having “another big game.” I guess 11 points on 4-12 shooting with an assist and 2 turnovers qualifies as “big” now. Give that man Mike Conley money.
    And also also, I’ve never seen a halftime show get so much mileage out of one highlight. A steal and pass from Prince to Daye for a layup. They showed it four times and Cleaves and York kept talking about it like it was four different plays.

  • Nov 2, 20109:15 pm
    by gmehl1977


    Someone needs to get Patrick a Rondo Pistons uni :-)

  • Nov 2, 20109:20 pm
    by gmehl1977


    I wonder if Boston would still be interested in that Prince, Hamilton, Stuckey for Rondo, Allen trade. More importantly, i wonder if Joe would do it.

  • Nov 2, 201010:09 pm
    by Patrick Hayes


    I would love to watch a Celtics game with Joe Dumars and ask him what, exactly, he thinks Stuckey does better than Rondo.
    And there are people who will say “Rondo wasn’t that good when the trade was offered.” Total BS. He’s been better than Stuckey every year since his rookie year, and he’s significantly better now. Might be MVP-level better.

  • Nov 2, 201010:26 pm
    by gmehl1977


    Has there ever been a player that has averaged 17 assists per game over the first 4 games? If there has then my guess is that it was either Magic Johnson or John Stockton. All i can say is if Rondo starts hitting his mid range and 3 point shots consistently then look out. He still reminds me of Steve Urkle though :-)

  • Nov 3, 20101:20 am
    by Laser


    joe’s stubborn and a fool. he thought tayshaun, stuckey and rip were too much to give up for rondo and allen. that would have been such a coup for us it’s disgusting. i mean, sure, on a talent-for-talent basis, the deal probably favored boston slightly at the time, but joe gets credit for being some kind of genius for some reason.
    anyhow, rip’s an albatross and a major drag on the team (and will remain so as long as all we run are isolation plays), stuckey’s stuck out of position, and what exactly is tayshaun going to bring? rondo fixes half our problems, ray allen’s expiring contract might have taken care of the rest. sigh.

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