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After an embarrassing loss to the New Jersey Nets on Sunday, the Boston Celtics hit the road to Detroit to take on the Pistons Tuesday night. Paul Pierce was set to return from his thumb injury, and although he did not play that well, his presence might have been enough to push the C’s back into a winning mood. The Celtics took this one, winning 105-100.
The Celtics moved the ball around very well as six different players scored in double digits. Ray Allen had an impressive game after his lackluster performace against the Nets, as he scored 18 to lead all scorers. Ray is now averaging 19.6 points per game during his last five games.
Rajon Rondo had another double-double, his seventh in a row, by putting up 15 points and dishing out 11 assists. Kevin Garnett looked good again as he is returning to his dominant form, by scoring 14 points and grabbing nine rebounds. Rasheed Wallace also scored 10 points against his former team.
The Celtics’ bench had an impressive night as well, by scoring 39 points in all. Glen Davis had an impressive second half with 12 points and Nate Robinson was extremely impressive with his 14 points. Robinson only played 15 minutes and shot 4-5 from beyond the three point line. Who said this guy couldn’t shoot three’s?
Shelden Williams saw some decent playing time (finally!) with the C’s being down a big man without Perk. Williams scored six points and grabbed four rebounds while Brian Scalabrine (you know the other guy who is the same height and position as Williams and is on the bench too) played for only a few seconds did absolutely nothing. I make a plea to Doc Rivers, please play Williams over Scal. Williams actually plays his position of C/F by staying under the basket and does not stand outside the three point line doing nothing like your other back-up centers, (“cough Rasheed Wallace cough Brian Scalabrine cough”). Williams averages more points and rebounds than Scal, he is younger, and can prove that he can play better off the bench. What more is there to say?
Anyways, for the Pistons Jonas Jerebko from Sweden was the go-to guy. He was the Piston’s leading scorer with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Tayshaun Prince and Richard Hamilton both had 15 points and Rodney Stuckey added 13 points.
One has to feel a little bad for the Pistons who in the off-season tried to get back to contention status by acquiring Charlie Villanueva and Ben Gordon, but just cannot get anywhere. The stat was brought up tonight that the Pistons, as a team, have missed 105 games total due to injuries this season. Tuesday’s game also added to that scare with Tayshaun Prince going down with an ankle injury in the third quarter and Ben Wallace leaving the game in the fourth with a knee injury. Prince eventually returned to the game, but Wallace had trouble even walking off the court on his own.