Charlie Villanueva vs. Kevin Garnett Part Deux

Essentials

Teams: Boston Celtics at Detroit Pistons

Date: Dec. 29, 2010

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Television: Fox Sports Detroit

Records

Pistons: 10-21

Celtics: 24-5

Probable starters

Pistons:

Celtics:

  • Nate Robinson
  • Ray Allen
  • Paul Pierce
  • Kevin Garnett
  • Semih Erden

Las Vegas projection

Spread: Pistons +7.5

Over/under: 188.5

Score: Celtics win, 98-90.5

Three things to watch

1. Villanueva gets another crack at KG

Charlie Villanueva faced a bit of criticism for using Twitter after the last Celtics-Pistons game to air his beef with Kevin Garnett. Those who thought Villanueva was out of line for making it public in that fashion rather than handling it on the court. Since, Villanueva has put together a nice bounce-back season. It would be nice to see him show off his newfound toughness by going at Garnett.

2. No Rondo, but Nate Rob creates other problems

Rajon Rondo is out for the Celtics, but in his absence, Nate Robinson has been putting up shots. Robinson is streaky, but he’s also lightning quick with range and unlike Rondo, he’s a shoot-first player, which changes the Celtics attack somewhat. He won’t control the game like Rondo, but he can potentially get hot and become a third perimeter score the Pistons will have to account for along with Allen and Pierce.

3. More burn for Chris Wilcox?

Dan Feldman pointed out why Wilcox wasn’t necessarily a good bet to get more of a role because of his good performance against Charlotte, but if the Pistons bigs struggle early again, it’s worth a shot to see if Wilcox can duplicate Monday’s energetic game.