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Facing Celtics, Pistons shoot for first four-game win streak since 2009


Teams: Detroit Pistons vs. Boston Celtics

Date: Jan. 19, 2011

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Television: Fox Sports Detroit


Pistons: 15-26

Celtics: 31-9

Probable starters



  • Rajon Rondo
  • Ray Allen
  • Paul Pierce
  • Kevin Garnett
  • Shaquille O’Neal

Las Vegas projection

Spread: Pistons +11.5

Over/under: 192.5

Score: Celtics win, 102-90.5

Three things to watch

1. Pistons’ four-game win streak?

The Pistons are looking for their first four-game win streak since they won five in a row between Dec. 4, 2009 and Dec. 12, 2009.

Since then, every team but the Pistons, Warriors, Nets, Kings and Wizards has had a four-game win streak. It’d be nice for the Pistons to separate themselves from that group of bottom-dwellers.

2. Chris Wilcox’s impact

Chris Wilcox entered the Pistons’ rotation eight games ago, and he’s having his best eight-game stretch in terms of points and rebounds in two full years. He’s also playing pretty good defense inside.

The Celtics are one of the league’s best interior-scoring teams, and they scored 42 and 46 points in the paint in these two teams previous matchups this season. Wilcox didn’t play in the first game, and most his minutes in the second game came with the Pistons already holding a comfortable lead.

He could make a difference in slowing the Celtics near the basket tonight.

3. Tracy McGrady vs. Rajon Rondo

Tracy McGrady had his best game of the season – 22 points, eight assists, four rebounds and three steals – when the Pistons last played the Celtics. But an injured Rajon Rondo didn’t play.

Pesky defenders like Rondo have given McGrady trouble all season. Drivers like Rondo have given McGrady trouble most of the season.

McGrady has continued to make progress, but a successful game today – especially one low on turnovers and high on on-the-ball defense – would show he’s taken a major step.

Pregame reading


  • Jan 19, 20114:34 pm
    by Laser


    i can’t imagine mcgrady guarding rondo for even a single possession tonight. stuckey probably starts out on rondo, prince on allen, t-mac on pierce. gordon probably guards rondo when he’s in the game, and maybe they throw tayshaun at him, too. but t-mac’s not drawing that assignment. he hasn’t really spent any time defending point guards this season (with the notable exception of jason kidd), and this would be a hell of a time to change that.

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  • Jan 19, 20116:18 pm
    by detroitpcb


    i can’t believe they would be dumb enough to put T-Mac on Rondo. I assume Stuckey will get that defensive assignment.

  • Jan 19, 20116:49 pm
    by detroitpcb


    sorry Laser – my apologies. I didn’t read your comment before i replied.

    just saw where the Nets called the deal off because of Denver’s waffling and greed.

    should be interesting here in Detroit with Rip on the bench.

  • Jan 19, 20116:54 pm
    by detroitpcb


    “Really I am not happy with the way how this deal has gone until now,” the stone-faced Russian billionaire said Tuesday night. “It has taken too long. It has been played out in public. And uncertainty has taken a toll on the players. And I believe that has cost us several games. … 

    “So I think the management of the team did a great job,” Prokhorov said. “But there comes a time when the price is simply too expensive. I am instructing our team to walk away from the deal. And the meeting that was supposed to be held by our management tomorrow in Denver with Carmelo is hereby canceled.”
                                   ——reported by Ken Burger
      Prokhorov was asked if he ever got an answer from Anthony about whether he would agree to an extension with the Nets — the crucial trigger in any trade and but one that CBSSports.com reported last month and as recently as Sunday that Anthony would decline.

    “You know, I never met with Carmelo and I never spoke with him,” Prokhorov said. “Maybe he sent me an email, but really I don’t use computer and that’s why maybe I have missed it. Or maybe the carrier pigeon got lost.”

  • Jan 19, 20117:49 pm
    by Stephen


    Watching the Celtic’s feed on League Pass.
    Just before game Boston sideline reporter said there was extremely awkward moment in Pistons locker-room before game. Just finished talking to Hamilton when Prokhorov came on and killed trade. Reported said Rip looked shocked and just sat there shaking his head.

  • Jan 19, 20118:32 pm
    by Fennis


    We’re looking good out there. Good ball movement, solid D. This is a team I can be proud of. I may have to temper my Kuester criticism.

  • Jan 19, 20118:41 pm
    by detroitpcb


    the second unit focus needs to be shifted from Ben Gordon to Austin Daye. Daye made a nice move in the lane and then never saw the ball again. meanwhile Bynum looks for Gordon who makes two turnovers and misses a shot.

    First unti is playing real well.

    yes, this is going to be tough on Rip. he is out of the rotation. personally, i hope Denver is screwed and has to take garbage and only one draft choice from the Knicks.

  • Jan 19, 20119:57 pm
    by Laser


    well, i can’t say i’m surprised about the trade falling through. next stop: trading stuckey or gordon. period. that is, if rip can’t be dealt anywhere.

  • Jan 19, 201110:01 pm
    by Rodman4Life


    Last two shots by McGrady?  Ridiculous, let someone else play if we’re gonna take stupid shots.  He lost it.

  • Jan 19, 201110:06 pm
    by GZ


    fun game to watch

    McGrady and CV31 lost their minds at the end, terrible choices there.

    lack of defensive rebounds at the end was huge too

    Bynum still making terrible decisions as a point guard

    Wilcox, Monroe played good down low

    Gordo was heating up, would have like to get a little more outta him to seal the deal

  • Jan 19, 201110:09 pm
    by Rodman4Life


    Selfishness by McGrady at the end sealed it.  What was that?!  With all the vets on the other side of the ball, and I’m sure a little trash talking, McGrady lost his focus and gave it away.  I was so impressed with him today until those last two shots.  Man, this one stings extra bad.

  • Jan 19, 201110:10 pm
    by GZ


    gordo got fouled btw, NO CALL?? Bull SHIT

    cannot wait till stones get back to winning basketball

  • Jan 19, 201110:15 pm
    by GZ


    do you think Stuck tried to press to hard on offense? 

  • Jan 19, 201110:49 pm
    by gmehl1977


    Rodman4Life called it perfectly. What the f**k was that crap by McGrady

  • Jan 19, 201111:32 pm
    by Patrick Hayes


    In fairness, Villanueva took a horrible shot in the final two minutes two. But yeah, the shots by McGrady were two of his worst possessions as a Piston.

  • Jan 19, 201111:43 pm
    by bg8


    i don’t blame mcgrady for taking those shots, its not like anyone else on the court at that time would’ve gotten a better shot than what tmac got.

    i again, will blame kuester for the loss. gordon was heating up in the 4th, and what does he get for it, a seat on the bench, actually gordon didn’t take a seat, he was standing at the end of the bench with his arm cross probably piss off.

    its time to trade gordon, he’ll never get a chance to live up to the contract he sign with the pistons as long as he’s a piston. its clear he’ll never get the minute since kuester will never bring him in early enough in the 3rd, and he’ll never play enough in the 4th. kuester is hell bent on playing stuckey, tmac, prince at the end of game so unless there is a 4 that is small enough for prince to play (which there probably aren’t that many that kuester or prince think he can block), gordon is never gonna be on the court at the end of games.

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