- Teams: Detroit Pistons (12-14) at Boston Celtics (12-14)
- Date: December 18, 2013
- Time: 7:30 p.m.
- Television: FSD
What to look for
The Detroit Pistons are looking more and more like a team with a bright future in the Eastern Conference and as a result, that might be bad news for the team they face tonight: the Boston Celtics.
The Pistons’ last two games are incredibly positive signs for the team given their level of play. Indeed, Detroit held a late fourth-quarter lead against the Portland Trail Blazers at home before self-destructing and allowing the game to go into overtime.
From there, Portland took control of the contest and stole the game. If these two teams meet in the NBA Finals (!), we might be treated to seven games that are all decided in the final minute.
Granted, it sounds farfetched now, but there is no telling what the future holds for the remainder of the regular season. The Miami Heat will obviously have a large say in what happens in the east and so will the Indiana Pacers.
The Pacers have been the cream of the crop in the league so far this season and yet, Detroit marched into their building a few nights ago and won. For those keeping tabs, the Pistons are the only team so far in 2013-14 to collect a victory in the state of Indiana.
This impressive feat was accomplished thanks in large part to Josh Smith. The southpaw forged his own armor and stepped into a hostile territory playing the role of Theseus in Immortals.
Smith went on the offensive and the defensive in this one. He dropped a cool 30 points and also helped slow down Paul George. Dare I say, Smith was LeBron-esque. Mo Cheeks’ troops will have to tap into that very same intensity tonight when they take on a Celtics team that always plays hard.
Brad Stevens consistently gets Boston ready to play and tonight will be no exception. The Celtics have won six of their last 10 games and are coming off back-to-back victories against the New York Knicks and Minnesota Timberwolves.
The battle in Beantown might not look like much to casual fans, but Detroit and Boston are dead locked at the fourth and fifth spots of the Eastern Conference standings. It’s obviously a very fluid situation in terms of the records in the east, but tiebreakers will probably play a huge part in determining playoff seeds come April.
Thus, the Pistons actually need tonight’s game. In no way is it a “must win”, but it’s an important contest no less.