On December 28th, the Detroit Pistons face the Boston Celtics in TD Garden
The Celtics should be one of the best teams in the league again this year. I’m not sure if they got better by adding Porzingis and losing Marcus Smart, but their offense will have improved. The Detroit Pistons need to play a complete game, competing for 48 minutes. TD Garden is a tough place to play, and a competitive effort is something to build on.
I want to see strong post defense against Porzingis. Whether Duren and Stewart get scorched or not, the effort and attention to detail will speak volumes.
Ausar Thompson and Jaden Ivey will need to be at their best against the Jays, and I expect to see Hayes and Sasser take some minutes against Jaylen Brown.
Offensively, we should see Detroit’s improved ability to spread the floor, the outside shooting of Bogey and Joe Harris. Off-ball screens will be key, and the Pistons should move continuously without the ball. To compete in this game, the Pistons will need to show a level of offensive versatility we haven’t seen from them in a long, long time.
It’s not unusual for a team to overperform when playing a top team, and this game might be one of those games. Conversely, it could be a great learning opportunity for a young team growing with each experience.