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Pistons Hype, Day 3: The Key Matchup

RedsArmyAdmin December 19, 2007 Uncategorized 8 Comments

chauncey billupsThey are the big, bad Pistons.  "Beasts of the East."  Playoff mainstays with guys like Hamilton, Wallace and Billups.

We are the sleek, new Celtics.  A collection of talent vying to return glory to the greatest franchise in NBA history…  lead by guys like Garnett, Pierce and Allen.

And in the end, it's Rajon Rondo that will decide this game.

Rip Hamilton and Ray Allen are a wash… and McDyess and Perkins are essentially a wash too.  Pierce is better than Tayshaun Prince, but Prince is a good enough defender to bring Paul back to earth a little.  KG is better than Wallace, but Wallace is still very good… and he'll draw KG away from the hole and minimize his overall effect on the team defense.

That leaves Billups and Rondo as the matchup that will make a difference here. (more, and today's links, and call-in show details after the jump) 

Billups is bigger and stronger, and the instinct here is to try to post Rondo up whenever he can.  You stick Wallace on the opposite wing and you let McDyess make the entry pass to Billups.  That pulls Perkins and KG out of the lane, and gives Billups options to pass if need be.  The C's then have to make some choices about where the double team comes from.

rajon rondoRondo is faster and a better passer… and the key to exploiting that is to get Rondo into the lane.  Rondo can beat Billups off the dribble… and if he gets into the teeth of the defense, he can pick and choose where the ball is going…  or he can lay it up.   Of the 10 double-digit scoring games from Rondo, 9 have been double-digit Celtics win (the other was the Orlando loss).  Rajon HAS to force the issue for the Celtics to win.  It goes back to the point I made on Monday:  Run to Win.  Neutralize their big guns by getting them tired and getting easy baskets.  If Billups can control a half court game, then we're looking at our first home loss.

Hey… we're doing a call-in show tonight… and you dirty Pistons fans are welcome to come take your medicine.  Visit our show page to listen starting at 9:30.  Or just call (718) 508-9841 to join us. 

Herald:  C's tackle Beasts of the East  |  Rivers runs through it  |  Allen back in the mix  |  Globe: Allen ready to return  |  Pistons thumbnails  |  Survey gallery: tough stretch for C's  |  Post-game party  |   Chicago Tribune: Dominance on display  |  MLive.com:  Pistons looking for mismatches  |  Detroit Free Press: Playoff preview?  |  Saunders predicted KG's success  |  Hartford Courant:  Green Party  |  Daily Dime: C's face early exam  |  DetNews.com:  Saunders happy for Garnett  |  Pistons relish big test  |  BostonSportz:  Celtics as office cast members  |  Celtics ticket giveaway  |  CelticsBlog:  KG's quote of the year  |  Artest to Knicks? 

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  • http://www.clutch3.com clutch3

    Billups is deffinitely a better passer!
    Pistons by 7

  • droopy

    Radon is gonna drop 20 and 10!
    Celtics by 8

  • Green4Life

    Better passer than who? Not Rondo I hope.. No way As a matter of fact Billups might not be better than KG!!

  • http://redsarmy.com BigMck

    Rodan doesn’t need to outplay Billups for the Celtics to win. He just has to hold his own, hit some jumpers and annoy the shit out of Billups defensively.

  • Tim (FD)

    Yeah, I agree with Chuck. Too much is made of individual matchups in basketball. The winner is never decided by which team wins the most individual matchups. Billups at this point is still better than Rondo, but that doesn’t mean the Pistons have an advantage. Rondo’s skill set is a perfect fit for this team.

  • Aingelives

    Goodguys by 3 92-89

  • http://www.redsarmy.com redsarmy

    If Rondo prevents Billups from doing what he normally does, then the Celtics will win. Take Chauncy out of his game.

  • droopy

    i know i feel ya man… i just think he has so much upside and he started to show that under doc at the end of the year last year… what can i say i love gerald.. i think eventually he could be a stud in this league