Make no mistake about it, the Pistons manhandled the Celtics. They put forth one fierce defensive effort. Despite shooting 31% and getting horrendous performances from the Big 2 and Ray Allen (I will no longer consider him an equal to Pierce and Garnett), the C's trailed by only 5 with four minutes left in the game. But the Celtics could not solve the Pistons defense down the stretch.
-For some reason I cannot figure out, the Celtics continue to leave Antonio McDyess (21 pts, 16 reb) open.
-Jason Maxiell (14 pts, 6-6 FG) was a beast. Just ask KG who had this breakaway dunk attempt swatted off the backboard.
-How's this for ugly? Pierce, Garnett and Allen shot a combined 11-38.
-But wait, it gets worse. Check out the stats from the point guard position. Rajon Rondo – 4 pts, 4 asst in 30 minutes; Sam Cassell - 0 pts, 0 asst in 17 minutes.
-Had the Celtics brought anything but their absolute worst performance, they could have stolen this one. Even the refs helped out; the Celtics shot 39 free throws.