How we see it goin' down: Celtics at Pistons

How we see it goin' down: Celtics at Pistons

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How we see it goin' down: Celtics at Pistons

Tip: 6 PM     Court: Palace of Auburn Hills    Watch it: CSN     Hear it: WEEI

                           Referees:  Tom Washington, Brent Barnaky and Sean Wright

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The Matchup

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Record: 15-14 (2nd Atlantic, 7th East) Record: 8-22 (5th Central, 11th East)
On road: 4-6 At home: 7-10
Streak: Lost 2 Streak: Won 2
    Leaders  Leaders
Buckets: Pierce (17.3 ppg) Buckets: Greg Monroe (16.2 ppg)
Boards: Garnett (7.8 rpg) Boards: Monroe (9.7 rpg)
Dimes: Rondo (9.5 apg) Dimes: Rodney Stuckey (4.1 apg)
For the Stat Geeks: For the Stat Geeks: 
Offensive Rating: 101.2 (23rd NBA) Offensive Rating: 99.8 (25th NBA)
Defensive Rating:  98.3 (4th NBA) Defensive Rating: 108.0 (27th NBA)
Pace: 88.4 (29th NBA) Pace: 88.5 (28th NBA)

Last time

The season series is 1-1. Detroit won the last meeting, 98-88, thanks to a Celtics 4th quarter collapse. The Celtics won 96-85 on December 30th in a game which Jermaine O'Neal dominated.

This time

Get it to:  Rajon Rondo

Rondo is averaging 20.6 points, 8.6 assists and 5.8 rebounds over the last 5 games. The Celtics are 1-4 in those games. I refuse to believe there's a connection between Rondo's aggressive play and the results (John proved as much with this post). I want Rajon to keep chuggin'. 

Gotta stop:  Greg Monroe

I think we've picked Monroe in all three Celtics/Pistons previews. It's simple. His strength (offensive rebounding) is the Celtics biggest weakness. His output in both games was 22 points and 9 rebounds. That's called consistency.

The Wild Card: Paul Pierce or Ray Allen

Studs like Paul Pierce and Ray Allen generally aren't wild cards, but the Celtics will need one of them to produce. Pierce has been playing like crap lately. He's been so bad, we are wondering if he's hurt. Ray is flat-out struggling. The Pistons are not a juggernaut. The Celtics should be able to win if one of these guys shows up.


How we see it goin' down

Doc Rivers put the team through an intense 2 hour practice yesterday with a focus on dribble penetration. The guys also had a few days to chew on the last two losses. They will respond. I just know it.

Prediction: BOS 101 DET 87

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