|Posted by B-PAUL on January 20, 2010 at 10:18 PM|
Detroit Pistons 92 Boston Celtics 86
January 20, 2009
After losing three of their last four games the Boston Celtics went into Detroit tonight hoping to get back on the right track. This game was suppose to be a game the Celtics SHOULD win as Detroit is not the team they have been in years past. After coming out of the gate hot the Celtics forgot their game in the locker room once again and dropped their third straight game 92-86. The Celtics now stand at 27-13 on the season and have Celtics fans everywhere wondering what the heck is going on.
Like I said above the Celtics really played well in the first half and seemed to be on their way to victory. At one point they held a twelve point lead and the team went into the locker room up by nine, 56-47. In what you would think to be a carbon copy of last night's game against Dallas, the Celtics completely tumbled in the second half. Shots weren't going in, and the Celtics forgot what the term "defensive stops" means.
Doc Rivers said the following in his post game press conference:
"I think we think we're better than what we are. We get a lead and think we can put it on cruise. In the NBA you can't do that."
The good news is KG is returning on Friday and hopefully this will bring much more intensity and toughness to the entire team. Right now it is very clear to everyone, including Doc Rivers, that this team is not mentally tough enough to win basketball games on a nightly basis.
Rodney Stuckey led the way for the Pistons tonight with 27 points. A lot of this has to do with the defense that Rajon Rondo played for most of the game. On the offensive end Rondo was their tonight, but tonight he once again brought up the question of whether or not he gambles too much on defense. He did have seven steals, but a stat that wasn't recorded is how many times he had missed attempts trying to steal the ball. This is something that Rondo needs to work on because we all know he has the ability to play defense on pretty much every guard in the league.
Paul Pierce and Rajon Rondo led the way for the Celtics tonight with 21 points each. Pierce had a very solid first half but seemed to disappear in the second half when the team really needed him. The Celtics really needed that go to guy down the stretch and Pierce was not there. Rondo also had a very good first half but like the rest of the team, he seemed to forget his game in the locker room. He no longer attacked the basket in the second half and that hurt both his scoring and his ability to get other people open.
The Celtics bench clearly had no influence on the game tonight. As a whole the bench got outscored by Detroit's bench 43-12. Both team's shot a respectable percentage from the floor as the Celtics shot 42.9% and Detroit shot 42.2%.
The Celtics now head back to Boston to take on the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday night. The excitement Friday night will be around Kevin Garnett as we all hope his return will give this team a spark. Make sure to check into Gino's Jungle Friday for a full preview of the game against the Trail Blazers.