Tip: 6 PM Court: Palace of Auburn Hills Watch it: CSN Hear it: WEEI
Referees: Tom Washington, Brent Barnaky and Sean Wright
Get it to: Rajon Rondo
Rondo is averaging 20.6 points, 8.6 assists and 5.8 rebounds over the last 5 games. The Celtics are 1-4 in those games. I refuse to believe there's a connection between Rondo's aggressive play and the results (John proved as much with this post). I want Rajon to keep chuggin'.
Gotta stop: Greg Monroe
I think we've picked Monroe in all three Celtics/Pistons previews. It's simple. His strength (offensive rebounding) is the Celtics biggest weakness. His output in both games was 22 points and 9 rebounds. That's called consistency.
The Wild Card: Paul Pierce or Ray Allen
Studs like Paul Pierce and Ray Allen generally aren't wild cards, but the Celtics will need one of them to produce. Pierce has been playing like crap lately. He's been so bad, we are wondering if he's hurt. Ray is flat-out struggling. The Pistons are not a juggernaut. The Celtics should be able to win if one of these guys shows up.
How we see it goin' down
Doc Rivers put the team through an intense 2 hour practice yesterday with a focus on dribble penetration. The guys also had a few days to chew on the last two losses. They will respond. I just know it.
Prediction: BOS 101 DET 87