Tonight the Detroit Pistons (4-2) lost again to the Boston Celtics (5-2) 108-105, as the game ended in a shouting match between Blake Griffin and Ish Smith after a late turnover sealed the Celtics victory.
With ten seconds remaining and the score 105-102 Griffin attempted a simple in-bound pass to Smith but Ish had zigged when Blake had thought he was going to zag thus causing a turnover. Celtics Marcus Smart jumped on the lose ball.
In the post game interview, Coach Dwayne Casey cited the Pistons poor shooting and bad third quarter where the C’s outscored Detroit 25-13 and not the turnover as the reason why the Pistons lost the game. Tonight the Pistons shot an abysmal 42 percent from the field and 26.7 percent from downtown.
For the Pistons, Blake Griffin returned to form, scoring 24 points on eight of seventeen shooting while also pulling down fifteen boards. Andre Drummond posted a double-double with 17 points and twelve rebounds. On the bright side, Reggie Bullock appears to have found his shot, connecting on 3 three-pointers while being five of seven from the field. Bullock finished with 16 points.
For the Celtics, Kyrie Irving showed why he is considered on the best true scorers in the NBA. Irving scored a season-high 31 points while dishing out five assists and pulling down five boards.
The Celtics hoard of athletic wing players all played well on both sides of the ball. Jason Tatum led the way with 16 points while Marcus Morris added 15 and Jaylen Brown scored 14. Former Pistons Aron Baynes returned to action with a strong game scoring 9 points along with five rebounds.
The Pistons dropped back-to-back games against the Celtics but that is to be expected. The Celtics are one of the best teams in the NBA and the Pistons are still tying to find their identity on both sides of the ball.
The Pistons will need to bounce back quickly as they will now travel to Brooklyn to take on the young and developing Nets (2-5) tomorrow at 7:30pm EST / 4:30 PST.