Teams: Detroit Pistons vs. Boston Celtics
Date: Jan. 19, 2011
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Television: Fox Sports Detroit
- Rajon Rondo
- Ray Allen
- Paul Pierce
- Kevin Garnett
- Shaquille O’Neal
Las Vegas projection
Spread: Pistons +11.5
Score: Celtics win, 102-90.5
Three things to watch
1. Pistons’ four-game win streak?
The Pistons are looking for their first four-game win streak since they won five in a row between Dec. 4, 2009 and Dec. 12, 2009.
Since then, every team but the Pistons, Warriors, Nets, Kings and Wizards has had a four-game win streak. It’d be nice for the Pistons to separate themselves from that group of bottom-dwellers.
2. Chris Wilcox’s impact
Chris Wilcox entered the Pistons’ rotation eight games ago, and he’s having his best eight-game stretch in terms of points and rebounds in two full years. He’s also playing pretty good defense inside.
The Celtics are one of the league’s best interior-scoring teams, and they scored 42 and 46 points in the paint in these two teams previous matchups this season. Wilcox didn’t play in the first game, and most his minutes in the second game came with the Pistons already holding a comfortable lead.
He could make a difference in slowing the Celtics near the basket tonight.
3. Tracy McGrady vs. Rajon Rondo
Pesky defenders like Rondo have given McGrady trouble all season. Drivers like Rondo have given McGrady trouble most of the season.
McGrady has continued to make progress, but a successful game today – especially one low on turnovers and high on on-the-ball defense – would show he’s taken a major step.
- Nate Silver makes a very compelling argument about why people like David Berri undervalue Carmelo Anthony. This is the best piece I’ve read in the last week.
- Michael Rosenberg of the Detroit Free Press believes the Richard Hamilton trade saga has hidden the real story of the team – their promising young players.
- John Niyo of The Detroit News says the Pistons and Richard Hamilton are obviously done as a partnership.
- Rodney Stuckey is happy with his move to shooting guard, according to Vince Ellis of the Detroit Free Press.
- The Pistons received a D in NBA Facts & Rumors’ midseason grades.