The now-rebuilding Detroit Pistons took on the contending Boston Celtics on Wednesday night at TD Garden, but it was Detroit who came out of the contest victorious, winning 116-103. In undoubtedly the team’s best offensive performance, the Pistons – in Derrick Rose’s first start since November – dominated the Celtics in the second half. In a game where everyone contributed, Detroit can be proud of this exciting win.
First Observation: Kieff is Back
After missing seven straight games and looking rusty since his return, Markieff Morris turned it up against Boston. The veteran big man added 17 points for Detroit in just the first half, shooting 6-for-7 from the field while also knocking down three 3-pointers.
Morris was able to get in a rhythm early as his teammates set him up for open shots from beyond the arc. He was eventually able to get in a rhythm on his own as well, creating some of his own looks from inside the arc.
He finished with a season-high 23 points, improving his trade value as we approach the trade deadline.
Second Observation: SviKou Stick it to the Celtics
Imagine being the team that selected Romeo Langford one pick before Sekou Doumbouya, and then having the 19-year-old drop his career-high on you. That’s what happened tonight to the Boston Celtics, as Doumbouya dropped a career-high 24 points.
The uber-athletic 6’9 forward punished the Celtics in a number of ways, including threes, lobs, and drives to the basket. As the Pistons look in a new direction, seeing the prospect viewed as the future of the franchise is very encouraging.
Meanwhile, Svi Mykhailiuk came to life after being sent to the bench in favor of Derrick Rose. The second-year wing contributed a 20-piece of his own on only nine shots – including this beauty:
Third Observation: Boston Has Options
Even on a night where one of the team’s top scorers, Jayson Tatum, was sidelined, Boston’s offense proved to be a well-oiled machine… in the first half at least. The Celtics had three players – Jaylen Brown, Gordon Hayward, and Kemba Walker – who took 15 or more shots while also scoring at least 15 points each.
With contributions from Daniel Theis alongside bench production from Enes Kanter and Brad Wanamaker, it’s easy to see how Boston is still able to compete even through key injuries.
Boston’s offense didn’t compare to Detroit’s scorching hot shooting, though. The Pistons, led by the offensive efforts of Doumbouya, Morris, Derrick Rose, and Mykhailiuk, exposed the opponent’s defense all night long en route to shooting over 60 percent from the field.
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