Last night the Boston Celtics (27-13) limped into The Palace of Auburn Hills to take on the lowly Detroit Pistons (15-26). The Celtics came into the game hoping to turn their luck around against another injury plagued team. The night started off well with a standing ovation for Rasheed Wallace in his first appearance at The Palace since being signed by the Celtics in the off-season. The Celtics came out with intensity, led by Captain Paul Pierce who scored 17 or his 21 points in the first quarter. After two quarters the Celtics held a respectable eight point lead over the Pistons. This match-up seemed to be just what the doctor ordered.
Wrong. This game was merely a tale of two halves. The Pistons simply out played the Celtics in the second half, to go on to win the game, 92-86. The Celtics only managed to score 30 points total in the second half, compared to 56 points in the first. They had no answers to the Pistons’ zone defense and as a result committed 19 turnovers. Ray Allen had 5 out of those 19, and 2 were a result of simply stepping out of bounds. Rajon Rondo was the only bright spot in the Celtics’ offense with a near triple-double (27 points, 7 assists, 8 rebounds, 4 steals).
The Celtics now, are in the mist of a three game losing streak and are set to return to the TD Garden this Friday night to face the Portland Trailblazers. The Celtics are only 11-7 at home this season, but come Friday all eyes won’t be on their home record or losing streak. Celtics’ star forward, Kevin Garnett, is slated to return to the lineup after being sidelined for ten games with a hyperextend knee. The Celtics are 4-6 without Garnett and much of Celtics Nation will be put at ease if Garnett does suit up to play Friday.
The much anticipated tip off is at 7:30 p.m. Just don’t expect him to be the savior of the Celtics after just one game.