Boston Celtics (2-1) at Detroit Pistons (0-3)
Tuesday, November 2
7:30 PM ET
Game #4, Road Game #2
TV: CSNNE, FSD, LP 754/755
Radio: WEEI, WDFN
Palace of Auburn Hills
Referees: Bob Delaney, Derrick Collins, Violet Palmer
The Celtics travel to Detroit to take on their long time foes, the Detroit Pistons. Both teams should be well rested as the Celtics have been off since Friday and the Pistons have been off since Saturday. Both teams are playing in the first of back to back games with the Celtics facing the Bucks at home on Wednesday while Detroit moves on to Atlanta. Because of the back to back situations, both teams should be looking to get some quality minutes from their benches.
The Celtics will be playing for the first time with Jermaine O'Neal in the starting lineup because Shaq stayed in Boston to rest his injured knee. Hopefully playing with the starters will help Jermaine get his game back on track. We should also get to see Semih Erden's debut as with Shaq out and a game the next night, they will need an extra big man.
The Pistons have some injury problems of their own with Rip Hamilton listed as questionable and Charlie Villanueva listed as a game time decision after minor injuries in their last game. Replacing Hamilton with Gordon may be a blessing in disguise for the Pistons, however, since Gordon has been shooting 77% in his first two games while Hamilton has been struggling.
Probable Starters PGSGSFPFC
PG: Rajon Rondo 10.7 PPG, 16.7 APG, 2 SPG
SG: Ray Allen 14.7 PPG, 2.3 APG, .333 3P%
SF: Paul Pierce 19 PPG, 8.3 RPG, 3.3 APG
PF: Kevin Garnett 14.3 PPG, 11.7 RPG, .3 BPG
C: Jermaine O'Neal 1.5 PPG, 2.0 RPG, 1.0 BPG
Boston Bench Mob
Delonte West (suspended)
Kendrick Perkins (knee) out
Avery Bradley (ankle) out
Shaquille O'Neal (knee) out
PG SG SF PF C
PG: Rodney Stuckey 19 PPG, 8 APG, 0 SPG
SG: Rip Hamilton 13.5 PPG, 1.5 APG, .600 3P%
SF: Tayshaun Prince 13 PPG, 3.5 RPG, 2 APG
PF: Austin Daye 5 PPG, 3.5 RPG, .5 APG
C: Ben Wallace 4 PPG, 9 RPG, 1.5 BPG
Will Bynum (hamstring) out
Jonas Jerebko (Achilles) out
Terrico White (foot) out
Chris Wilcox (hamstring) questionable
Rip Hamilton (foot) questionable
Charlie Villanueva (ankle) game time decision
Rajon Rondo vs Rodney Stuckey
Stuckey is a scoring PG and so Rondo will need to defend him well. Stuckey has a height advantage but Rondo has a quickness advantage. Both are good rebounding guards.
Kevin Garnett vs Austin Daye
Kevin Garnett will need to use his wiley veteran tactics and intimidation factor to dominate the Pistons' 2nd year player.
Keys to the Game Take Care of the Ball - The Celtics are still turning the ball over too much. They must cut down on the turnovers and take better care of the ball.
Play 48 Minutes - The Celtics are getting into the habit of slow starts and sluggish endings. They have to play all 4 quarters.
Defense - The Celtics must get back to their defense first style.
If both O'Neals are out, that makes the Celtics a bit thin up front. The Celtics will need to depend on Semih Erden or Luke Harangody to give them quality minutes.
Odd Fact The Detroit Pistions were originally known as the Zollner Pistons, named after founder Fred Zollner, owner of Zollner Machine Works, which made pistons.