Tip: 6pm Court: TD Garden Watch it: CSN Hear it: WEEI
Referees: Greg Willard, Pat Fraher, Derek Richardson
The Celtics edged Detroit 86-82 back in January behind 22-points from Paul Pierce and a double-double (12 points, 12 rebounds) from Shaq. The Pistons led by 8 midway through the 4th, but the Celtics ended the game on a 19-7 run. Boston leads the season series 2-1.
Get it to: Paul Pierce
He's torched Detroit this season: 25.3 ppg, 61% FG.
Gotta stop: Richard Hamilton
Despite his feud with coach John Kuester, Rip Hamilton is back to playing regular minutes for the Pistons. Over his last 10 games, he's averaging 19.9 ppg while shooting 49% FG.
The Wild Card: Ray Allen
He's gotta break out of this slump (39% FG over last 10 games) at some point, right? But Ray hasn't done much against Detroit this year: 11.7 ppg, 40%FG. Maybe the sight of his UConn rival will get his juices flowing again.
How we see it goin' down
It's been about two weeks since the Celtics have whooped ass on their home court (3/16 vs IND). I'm expecting a double-digit lead by half-time which reaches 20 points at some point in the 2nd half. Call it a gut feeling. Celtics take it 103 – 89.