Pistons host the Boston Celtics

Essentials

  • Teams: Boston Celtics (0-2) at Detroit Pistons (1-1)
  • Date: November 3, 2013
  • Time: 6:00 p.m.
  • Television: FSD
  • Radio: 97.1 FM The Ticket

What to look for

Fresh of a World Series victory and the unveiling of the Bill Russell statue, one would assume everything is great in the state of Massachusetts. Mind you, the Boston Celtics beg to differ.

They have lost their first two games and most recently, were defeated at home by the Milwaukee Bucks despite holding a 22-point lead in the contest. The defeat resulted in Gerald Wallace calling out his teammates for being selfish.

The roster is not exactly a huge collection of talent. Rajon Rondo is injured, and Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett are now members of the Brooklyn Nets. Hence, the Celtics have to rely on a collective effort when it comes to winning games as opposed to star power.

Boston struggles a little in the half court because they lack great finishers. Jeff Green and Gerald Wallace are excellent out in transition and also on the block in certain matchups. Thus, the Celtics will go to them in these situations.

Mind you, against the likes of Josh Smith and Greg Monroe, that may very well favor the Detroit Pistons tonight.

Also, because Boston does not finish well around the basket, they will try to push the tempo and get easy looks at the rim. By accelerating the pace, even when they miss these types of shots, it gives them offensive rebounding opportunities.

Through two games, Brad Stevens’ group is among the 10 best offensive rebounding teams in the league.

What’s interesting about Boston’s penchant for speeding things up is the lack of point guard play. Indeed, Avery Bradley and Jordan Crawford are the ones directing traffic and well, one struggles to think of them as great floor generals.

Thus, Maurice Cheeks might opt to trap every single pick-and-roll either of them runs. That might be the needed recipe to stymie the offense and force turnovers.

On the other side of the ball, it might not matter what Detroit runs on offense. The Pistons have snatched offensive rebounds seemingly at ease in their first two games of the season, while the Celtics have been the worst team in the league at surrendering second-chance opportunities.

Granted, the home team tonight still needs to execute their offense because Boston players will swipe at the ball and jump into passing lanes. In the event Detroit is not careful, they may end up looking at a double-digit deficit in this one.

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