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Pistons travel to Boston

Essentials

  • Teams: Detroit Pistons (12-14) at Boston Celtics (12-14)
  • Date: December 18, 2013
  • Time: 7:30 p.m.
  • Television: FSD

What to look for

The Detroit Pistons are looking more and more like a team with a bright future in the Eastern Conference and as a result, that might be bad news for the team they face tonight: the Boston Celtics.

The Pistons’ last two games are incredibly positive signs for the team given their level of play. Indeed, Detroit held a late fourth-quarter lead against the Portland Trail Blazers at home before self-destructing and allowing the game to go into overtime.

From there, Portland took control of the contest and stole the game. If these two teams meet in the NBA Finals (!), we might be treated to seven games that are all decided in the final minute.

Granted, it sounds farfetched now, but there is no telling what the future holds for the remainder of the regular season. The Miami Heat will obviously have a large say in what happens in the east and so will the Indiana Pacers.

The Pacers have been the cream of the crop in the league so far this season and yet, Detroit marched into their building a few nights ago and won. For those keeping tabs, the Pistons are the only team so far in 2013-14 to collect a victory in the state of Indiana.

This impressive feat was accomplished thanks in large part to Josh Smith. The southpaw forged his own armor and stepped into a hostile territory playing the role of Theseus in Immortals.

Smith went on the offensive and the defensive in this one. He dropped a cool 30 points and also helped slow down Paul George. Dare I say, Smith was LeBron-esque. Mo Cheeks’ troops will have to tap into that very same intensity tonight when they take on a Celtics team that always plays hard.

Brad Stevens consistently gets Boston ready to play and tonight will be no exception. The Celtics have won six of their last 10 games and are coming off back-to-back victories against the New York Knicks and Minnesota Timberwolves.

The battle in Beantown might not look like much to casual fans, but Detroit and Boston are dead locked at the fourth and fifth spots of the Eastern Conference standings. It’s obviously a very fluid situation in terms of the records in the east, but tiebreakers will probably play a huge part in determining playoff seeds come April.

Thus, the Pistons actually need tonight’s game. In no way is it a “must win”, but it’s an important contest no less.

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25 Comments

  • Dec 18, 20136:24 pm
    by gmehl

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    Brad Stevens had this to say about the Pistons at Tuesday’s practice:
    “I’ve always thought they were one of the most talented teams, especially in the East,” Stevens said. “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.”
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    Hmmmm ok Stevens has Monroe down as a guy that can hit mid-range shots and Stuckey as a perimeter guy. This is funny to me but in his defence Stuckey has been pretty decent from 15ft this season. Oh and if Courtney Lee and Brandon Bass sit tonights game I think its safe to say Boston is trading for Asik.

    • Dec 18, 20138:05 pm
      by oats

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      Don’t coaches always talk up their opponent?

      • Dec 19, 20131:05 am
        by Otis

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        Yes, they talk up the opponent a lot. In today’s NBA, nobody is ever interviewed about an opponent and says, “We’re penciling in a win,” or “they’re pushovers” or anything. Even after a blowout win, any player interviewed is going to talk up the other team at least a little. Also, I heard Cheryl Burke say that Moose “added” that midrange jumper, and I think I’ve heard it a few places. Simply means people aren’t watching the games and are relying on fraudulent scouting reports or something.

  • Dec 18, 20137:25 pm
    by gmehl

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    Well i called it in yesterdays thread… Stuckey is out for tonights game. Hopefully KCP can have a huge game or at least Billups/Bynum can fill the void.

  • Dec 18, 20138:06 pm
    by oats

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    Gave up 40 points in the first quarter. Yikes, that was some awful defense.

  • Dec 18, 20138:07 pm
    by jinzzy

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    we are getting blown out by the celtics ??????????

    • Dec 18, 20138:27 pm
      by Lorenzo

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      Certainly not blown out, but that was an awful first quarter.

  • Dec 18, 20138:30 pm
    by Lorenzo

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    Good lord, missing bunnies all over.

  • Dec 18, 20138:53 pm
    by gmehl

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    This Celtics team reminds me of our early 2000s teams that had Stackhouse, Williamson and Barry etc. Just a bunch of rag tag (castoffs) guys going out competing hard every game. Yes those pistons were way better but there (the Celtic players) situation is the same. It doesn’t surprise me that were losing because they just want it more. They have guys playing for there careers.

  • Dec 18, 20139:54 pm
    by Lorenzo

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    Great fight back by this squad, showed character. 

  • Dec 18, 20139:58 pm
    by apa8ren9

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    This was a very good win.  They really showed some mental toughness today.  They made it really hard by falling down by 21 but they pulled it out.  Really good win on the road.  A game they should win that they did.

  • Dec 18, 201310:01 pm
    by I HATE FRANK

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    JENNING AND THAT DAMN HERO BALL!!!!! TRADE HIM HE IS HORRIBLE!!!!!

    • Dec 18, 201310:08 pm
      by Lorenzo

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      In fairness he made the (huge) game winning shot….and those last two iso plays were called for him as such so it’s a bit unfair to criticize him today. 

    • Dec 18, 201310:10 pm
      by apa8ren9

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      LoL, it worked tonight but they have to corral that hero ball somewhat and channel it.  Jennings redeemed himself with that 3 but the possesion before that was just idiotic.  All i can say is im glad they pulled it out.   The tape doesnt lie, he has to play smarter down the stretch, that’s all there is to it.

      • Dec 18, 201310:40 pm
        by Lorenzo

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        Looking at his game holistically, no one doubts he takes idiotic shots at times. Just commenting on tonight’s game, last couple of possessions particularly. Jennings was the hot hand and had an iso played call for him, can’t argue much with that, he was just executing the play called for him…. Bradley played great man D on the second said possession, that’s all. If you want to blame anyone in that instance, it’s probably Cheeks you want to call out. All the same… that’s Jennings he has the ability to light it up or drop a dud, he is a streaky player who can just as easily win a game for you as he can loose it….today he had a good game. It’s part of the package, nothing new, sad thing is it’s still an upgrade over Knight.

    • Dec 18, 201311:21 pm
      by I HATE FRANK

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      ! was being Sarcastic 

      • Dec 18, 201311:51 pm
        by Lorenzo

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        ahhhh, lol… lost in translation I suppose.

  • Dec 18, 201310:16 pm
    by anacaniwelk

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    Brandon Jennings…MVP…..MVP…..MVP.  The Pistons are scoring so much more than last year and Jennings play is the main reason why.  Just hand him the MVP trophy right now.  He’s outplaying his now paltry contract and has outplayed Kyrie Irving all year.  Cast your allstar vote for Jennings now.

  • Dec 18, 201310:28 pm
    by OOtis

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    Great defense by Monroe on Bass at the end!  Go Pistons!

    • Dec 18, 201311:49 pm
      by gmehl

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      Im sending you a virtual hi-five for this comment.

      • Dec 19, 20131:08 am
        by Otis

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        ^High five if you like, but this isn’t me. This guy has been imitating me for a while. It should be obvious, but people seem to think I’ve gone mad or something. Madder than usual, that is.

        • Dec 19, 20131:28 am
          by Jekyll and Hyde

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          Otis and OOtis haha
           

        • Dec 19, 20132:21 am
          by Otis

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          I don’t know who these guys are, because I’m the real Otis.

          • Dec 19, 20137:58 am
            by gmehl

            Wow I was sure it was just you being sarcastic. I must admit I’m a bit disappointed. 

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