Game Preview: Pistons travel to Boston to face the Celtics
On Wednesday night, the Detroit Pistons (9-10) visit “the Garden” to take on the Boston Celtics (10-7) at 7:30pm eastern.
Last night, the Detroit Pistons earned their second road victory, defeating the playoff contending Charlotte Hornets (10-8), 112-89. Andre Drummond was ejected in the second quarter after he elbowed Hornets center Roy Hibbert. But the Pistons, led by Tobias Harris, still were able to destroy the home team.
Drummond commented on his ejection:
Tobias Harris had a game-high 24 points along with 7 rebounds. Marcus Morris and Kentavious-Caldwell Pope both scored 18 points, while Jon Leuer led all bench scorers with 12 points.
The Celtics host Detroit on Wednesday, the start of a two-game homestand. Overall, this year has been a whirlwind for Boston. Within the first few games, the C’s lost their newly acquired All-Star center Al Horford (concussion) and starting forward Jae Crowder (ankle) to injury. Luckily for Coach Brad Stevens, All-Star point guard Isaiah Thomas (26pts, 6.4ast) and shooting guard Avery Bradley (17.9pts, 7.9rbs, 2.8ast) have both stepped up offensively to steady-the-ship. Bradley has also proven to be one of the best defending guards in the league.
So far this season, the Celtics are a middling offensive team averaging only 104.5pts/g (14th of 30) with an offensive rating of 108.5 (9th of 30). Defensively, the Celtics have struggled, allowing 103.4 pts/g (14th of 30) with a defensive rating of 107.4 (19th of 30). However, the Celtics have won four of their last five games since the return of Horford and Crowder. Last season, Detroit met Boston four times and they split the series 2-2.
On November 19th, the Celtics beat the Pistons 94-92. Al Horford sealed the Celtics victory with a game-winning putback lay-up.
Al Horford missed last game because of the birth of his daughter and apparently, his absence did not sit well with Celtic Nation. Horford published an explanation of his absence on Tuesday.
Horford also addressed the media today:
Horford is expected to start against the Pistons. Historically, Horford has dominated Detroit averaging 15.1 points, 9.8 rebounds, 3.1 assist in 35 minutes per game.
Probable Starting Lineups:
PG: Ish Smith
SG: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope
SF: Marcus Morris
PF: Tobias Harris
C: Andre Drummond
PG: Isaiah Thomas
SG: Avery Bradley
SF: Jae Crowder
PF: Amir Johnson
C: Al Horford