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How we see it goin’ down: Celtics vs Pistons

Chuck - Red's Army April 3, 2013 Gametime, Previews 2 Comments

Tip: 7:30PM     Court: TD Garden     Watch it: CSNNE    Hear it: WEEI

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Spread: BOS -7.0

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The Matchup

Record: 38-36 Record: 25-50
At home: 25-11 On road: 10-27
Streak: Lost 2 Streak: Won 1

Leaders Leaders
Buckets: Pierce (18.7 ppg) Buckets: Greg Monroe (15.9 ppg)
Boards: Pierce (6.3 rpg) Boards: Monroe (9.5 rpg)
Dimes: Pierce (4.7 apg) Dimes: Jose Calderon (6.7 apg)

For the Stat Geeks: For the Stat Geeks:
Offensive Rating: 102.7 (25th NBA) Offensive Rating: 103.2 (23rd NBA)
Defensive Rating: 103.0 (7th NBA) Defensive Rating: 108.5 (24th NBA)
Pace: 91.6 (17th NBA) Pace: 90.5 (23rd NBA)

Last time

The Pistons have thumped the Celtics twice this season. January 20th was just another miserable night as Detroit rolled 103-88. And way back in November,  Detroit embarrassed the C’s, 103-83. Maybe the 3rd time is a charm.

This time

Get it to:  Jeff Green

If Paul Pierce can’t go (game-time decision), who else deserves 20 shots? Green will have a quickness advantage against Kyle Singler at small forward. Whether he plays aggressive, well, that’s another issue.

Gotta stop: Greg Monroe

He’s rung up 35 points and 24 rebounds in the two wins over Boston this season. With KG missing his 7th straight game and Chris Wilcox playing like Patrick O’Bryant, it’s possible Monroe equals those numbers tonight.

The Wild Card:  Jason Terry

Life would be a lot easier if Terry could just score consistently. The Pistons are soft on the perimeter. Opponents are shooting 36% (T-19th) from the arc.

How we see it goin’ down

The Celtics have dropped 7 of 9. The Pistons have lost 2 of 15. Boston can clinch a playoff spot (frightening to think they haven’t done so with 8 games remaining in regular season) with a victory and a Philadelphia loss to Charlotte. Detroit is fighting for lottery position. If the C’s were ever going to stop this skid, a home game vs Detroit is the time.

I’m a-scared o think what Monroe and Andre Drummond (10 ppg vs Bos this season) will do to our Charmin soft front-line.

But… we can’t lose three straight to the Pistons, can we?

Celtics: 88

Pistons: 80

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  • Chulinho

    Patrick O’Bryant…..*shudders*

  • Mannie

    I heard the real reason Kg has been out is due to bone spurs in his ankle.