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Celtics take down Pistons in Palace

by james on January 6th, 2008

NBA Obsessed takes you into the hit and run game of NBA Basketball.

Big Baby Glen Davis

No it was not Kevin Garnett. He sat for most of the first half.

No, it was not Ray Allen or Paul Pierce. It was Big Baby.

Get this; it was the first time all season that one of the Big Three did not lead the team in scoring. Big Baby was humble, just the same.

“It feels real good to contribute in a big game like this,” Davis said. “But we can’t get too excited. This isn’t the last time we’re going to see this team.” source

NBA Big Baby factoid - “The Notre Dame coach at the time came down to look at him,” Temple said of Tyrone Willingham. “Every football coach in the country wanted this boy. He was a freak. We’re talking about a senior in high school who weighed 340 pounds and could run a 4.9 40. He’s a freak, man.” source

Boston plays D

The bigger story tonight was the Celtics defense. This is an area that most of us thought the Celtics might struggle; instead it looks like they may be one of the best defensive teams in the NBA. So how did that affect the Pistons?

This game looked a lot like some games we’ve seen the Pistons play in the last two postseasons. You know the ones. The Pistons get stagnant on offense. Billups misses shots and nobody else can drive to the basket consistently. An unsung opponent (in this case Glen Davis) scores a bunch of points. Rasheed Wallace lets a few bad calls drive him off a mental cliff. (Wallace, I’m told, left the arena in full uniform Saturday night.) source

Tayshaun ponders his lack of productivity

Tie in the fact that Tayshaun Prince struggled once again this season against the Celtics.

And one important Piston struggles mightily – in this case, as in last year’s Eastern Conference Finals against Cleveland, that Pistons was Tayshaun Prince. Prince is now 4 for 22 in two games against the Celtics. And at least twice in the final minutes, Pierce blew past Prince, leaving Prince with a befuddled look on his face, as though he expected Pierce to at least leave a forwarding address. Naturally, other Pistons had to help out on Pierce, and just as naturally, Pierce found teammates for easy scores.

Look to the playoffs

Boston is a gifted team on offense and defense and so is Detroit. These two early games that each team won on the other team’s court only go to show how good these teams can be.

Come playoff time, both of these teams will be better and most likely will meet in the Eastern Conference Playoffs. It is still a long grind of a season.

Boston felt this was an important victory just to prove they can win on Detroit’s court, but Chauncey Billups downplayed it.

“They’re a little more happy than we were when we won our game at their place,” Chauncey Billups said. “It was just a regular game for us with two good teams playing. They were kind of playing like it was the Super Bowl.

“There was probably a little more at stake for them and their psyche than it was for us.” source

That attitude is expected. Detroit is a veteran playoff team with years of experience with the same unit. Boston, on the other hand, is trying to fit together a new team loaded with talent.

It was Boston’s 9th win in a row, snapping Detroit’s 11 game win streak.

Can’t wait to see the next Detroit Pistons - Boston Celtics match-up.

NBA Basketball Fan Question Can Boston continue to stay on this roll?

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