Greg Monroe, Andre Drummond lead Pistons over Celtics, up in playoff in race

Boston Celtics 88 Final
Recap | Box Score
103 Detroit Pistons
Jason Maxiell, PF 24 MIN | 2-4 FG | 2-2 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 4 BLK | 1 TO | 6 PTS | +7

Leave it to the ancient Celtics to make Maxiell look spry while blocking four shots.

Tayshaun Prince, SF 38 MIN | 6-13 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 14 PTS | +16

Prince’s shot selection skewed a bit too far outside, but at least he was effective closer to the basket.

Kyle Singler, SF 35 MIN | 4-11 FG | 3-3 FT | 8 REB | 5 AST | 3 STL | 1 BLK | 3 TO | 13 PTS | +14

Singler was all kinds of active tonight, and though that led to a few miscues, he helped much more than he didn’t. There was a reason Lawrence Frank barely took him off the court.

Greg Monroe, C 38 MIN | 6-12 FG | 3-4 FT | 11 REB | 5 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 15 PTS | +22

This is Monroe’s fifth straight double-double, and he was one rebound from that streak hitting nine. Monroe never dominated tonight, but he was solid throughout.

Brandon Knight, PG 31 MIN | 5-12 FG | 3-6 FT | 6 REB | 5 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 7 TO | 15 PTS | +14

Knight played well overall, but he was way too sloppy with the ball. Seven turnovers match a career high. Not all of them were his fault, but that’s true for most point guards in most games.

Charlie Villanueva, PF 8 MIN | 2-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 6 PTS | -4

He didn’t play much, but he scored efficiently while he was on the court.

Austin Daye, PF 4 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 0 PTS | -3

He played even less than Villanueva. Is Jonas Jerebko nearing a return to the rotation?

Andre Drummond, C 20 MIN | 5-6 FG | 6-8 FT | 7 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 16 PTS | +2

Drummond was an alley-oop machine the Celtics couldn’t stop. So, they tried fouling him, but he made his free throws. Drummond’s presence confounded Boston and freed other Pistons for quality looks.

Will Bynum, PG 21 MIN | 5-12 FG | 5-8 FT | 2 REB | 5 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 15 PTS | +4

I just love watching Bynum when he’s playing well. He was in control tonight. Throwing alley-oops to Drummond, driving to the rim and pulling up for jumpers — Bynum did it all.

Rodney Stuckey, PG 20 MIN | 1-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 3 PTS | +3

With Knight defending well, Bynum orchestrating the offense with poise and Singler hustling, there weren’t many minutes for Stuckey tonight.

Lawrence Frank

Monroe and Drummond played 10 minutes together, so that’s progress. Plus, Frank let Knight play through some rather large swings in production, and ultimately, that’s best for the franchise. Even if Knight is struggling right now, his progress is paramount.

Tags: Andre Drummond Austin Daye Brandon Knight Charlie Villanueva Greg Monroe Jason Maxiell Lawrence Frank Rodney Stuckey Tayshaun Prince Will Bynum

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