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Pistons host the Boston Celtics

Essentials

  • Teams: Boston Celtics (0-2) at Detroit Pistons (1-1)
  • Date: November 3, 2013
  • Time: 6:00 p.m.
  • Television: FSD
  • Radio: 97.1 FM The Ticket

What to look for

Fresh of a World Series victory and the unveiling of the Bill Russell statue, one would assume everything is great in the state of Massachusetts. Mind you, the Boston Celtics beg to differ.

They have lost their first two games and most recently, were defeated at home by the Milwaukee Bucks despite holding a 22-point lead in the contest. The defeat resulted in Gerald Wallace calling out his teammates for being selfish.

The roster is not exactly a huge collection of talent. Rajon Rondo is injured, and Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett are now members of the Brooklyn Nets. Hence, the Celtics have to rely on a collective effort when it comes to winning games as opposed to star power.

Boston struggles a little in the half court because they lack great finishers. Jeff Green and Gerald Wallace are excellent out in transition and also on the block in certain matchups. Thus, the Celtics will go to them in these situations.

Mind you, against the likes of Josh Smith and Greg Monroe, that may very well favor the Detroit Pistons tonight.

Also, because Boston does not finish well around the basket, they will try to push the tempo and get easy looks at the rim. By accelerating the pace, even when they miss these types of shots, it gives them offensive rebounding opportunities.

Through two games, Brad Stevens’ group is among the 10 best offensive rebounding teams in the league.

What’s interesting about Boston’s penchant for speeding things up is the lack of point guard play. Indeed, Avery Bradley and Jordan Crawford are the ones directing traffic and well, one struggles to think of them as great floor generals.

Thus, Maurice Cheeks might opt to trap every single pick-and-roll either of them runs. That might be the needed recipe to stymie the offense and force turnovers.

On the other side of the ball, it might not matter what Detroit runs on offense. The Pistons have snatched offensive rebounds seemingly at ease in their first two games of the season, while the Celtics have been the worst team in the league at surrendering second-chance opportunities.

Granted, the home team tonight still needs to execute their offense because Boston players will swipe at the ball and jump into passing lanes. In the event Detroit is not careful, they may end up looking at a double-digit deficit in this one.

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15 Comments

  • Nov 3, 20134:49 pm
    by Keith

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    JM has this right. Boston struggles mightily in the half-court because they don’t have any quality shot creators, and their finishers are only so-so. That said, we can’t try to slow the pace by picking up the ball and bleeding clock on our possessions. We aren’t a great half-court team ourselves, so we need to push the ball off rebounds. It wouldn’t be surprising if our defensive rebounding determines the game. We have more talent and better finishers, we should win a high possession game as long as we don’t give up extra shots.

    Boston is a measuring stick at the low level. They are a team we SHOULD beat, but a team with just enough coaching to stay competitive in the East. If we want to be a playoff team, Boston is the kind of opponent we have to take care of business against.

  • Nov 3, 20135:50 pm
    by CityofKlompton

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    Vitor Faverani!

  • Nov 3, 20138:14 pm
    by I HATE FRANK

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    that was the sloppiest 3rd qrt I have even seen 

    • Nov 3, 20138:42 pm
      by T Casey

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      The lineup that lost the lead was just a bad lineup offensively. Even in the first half they struggled to score. I wonder why coach Cheeks didn’t put KCP in at some point. Offensively he couldn’t have been any worse than anybody of our other guards out there tonight and you know his defense is on point. But, we got the win so it’s hard to complain much.

      • Nov 3, 20138:49 pm
        by Vic

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        KCP will make winning easier when Cheeks bucks the vet politics and plays him. His defense alone is a plus.
        I really wish he wasn’t the odd man out with Stuckey and Jennings back. He should be the 3rd or 4th guard.  

  • Nov 3, 20138:29 pm
    by I HATE FRANK

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    i think Cheeks must have told Josh to stop shooting the 3 ball after the first half…

    • Nov 3, 20138:33 pm
      by frankie d

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      you think?
      hopefully someone gets into his ear very quickly and lets him know that he is not a guard and that he is not a good 3 point shooter and that he should leave those things to guys who are paid to do them.
      5 turnovers against memphis…6 turnovers against boston…
      it hurt the team against memphis, definitely hurt tonight and once teams figure out how to play detroit and once teams start actually scouting their line up, it is going to be fatal.  teams will bait him into trying to play a point forward role and the results will be predictably ugly. 

      • Nov 3, 20139:06 pm
        by I HATE FRANK

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        To’s are because he was trying to do way too much instead of keeping it simple….

        But he wasn’t selfish…

         

        • Nov 3, 20139:19 pm
          by frankie d

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          that ha

          • Nov 3, 20139:32 pm
            by frankie d

            got cut off…
            selfishness has never been the criticism that most level at smith.  he busts his butt most games and tries like heck.
            he just plays like a dumb player, and after 9 years in the league, one would think that he would stop doing dumb stuff, game after game. 

  • Nov 3, 20138:47 pm
    by apa8ren9

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    This is going to come off as snarky but so be it.  Im going to enjoy all of the complaining of Josh Smith’s turnovers and his terrible 3 pointers after Pistons’s wins.  Emphasis on Piston’s wins.  Weve played a grand total of 3 games and we are trying to work in our 2 STARTING guards.   Im actually okay with Josh Smith’s play.   As a focus point for the opponents and our own fans it allows our other players the room to win their individual matchups and hence win the game for us.  Weve done exactly what we should have done 3 games – win 2 winnable games at home and competed at a high level on the road.  

  • Nov 3, 20139:06 pm
    by Corey

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    Josh will have fewer turnovers as they get used to playing together, and with Jennings integrated into the team. 30+ minutes per game of Jennings running the offense will clearly help.

    now I just wish Bynum would be the emergency backup and KCP would get 15 mpg. 

    • Nov 3, 20139:48 pm
      by gmehl

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      KCP will get court time because if I remember correctly Billups probably won’t play in back-to-back games.

  • Nov 3, 20139:08 pm
    by I HATE FRANK

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    Jenning is gonna make this team special…

    He just make plays that are beyond Knights skill set…. 

  • Nov 3, 20139:30 pm
    by James

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    Agreed, I look forward to the 25th game of the season. Hopefully they will have gotten used to each other by then and develop a solid 9-10 man rotation. KCP has to at least be worth 10-15 mins a night. Jennings and Stuckey looks like it can work, with Billups and KCP/Singler as the two’s. On some nights against lesser teams they can even go with three guards. However, I would like to see Harrelson get a blow against huge front lines like Indiana tuesday night, use those fouls if need be.

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