at Boston Celtics (0-2) at Detroit Pistons (1-1)
Sunday, November 3, 2013
6:00 PM ET
Regular Season Game #3, Road Game #2
TV: CSNNE, FS Detroit, NBA-LP 511, 752
Radio: WBZ, 97.1 The Ticket, WZLX 100.7 FM
Palace of Auburn Hills
PG: Avery Bradley
SG: Gerald Wallace
SF: Jeff Green
PF: Brandon Bass
C: Vitor FaveraniCeltics Reserves
Rajon Rondo (ACL)out
Phil Pressey (ankle) day to day
Keith Bogans (thumb) day to dayProbable Starters
PG: Will Bynum
SG: Chauncey Billups
SF: Josh Smith
PF: Greg Monroe
C: Andre Drummond Pistons Reserves
Brandon Jennings (tooth) day to day
Charlie Villanueva (shoulder) day to day
This is the first of 4 meetings with the Pistons this season. The undersized Celtics will have their work cut out for them against the front line of the Pistons that includes 6'9" Josh Smith, 6'11" Greg Monroe, and 7' Andre Drummond.
The Pistons are 1-1 on the season. They opened the season at home with a win over the Wizards and then lost to the Grizzlies on the road. The Celtics, in the meantime, are still looking for their first win of the season.
The Celtics have started the same lineup in their first two games and they have started off both games fairly strong. It may be a good idea to stick with the same starting lineup for awhile to give the team some continuity but Coach Stevens has said that he might change the starters from game to game.
Vitor Faverani has been a bright spot in the Celtics first two games and, especially against the big front line of the Pistons, he should get the start again. Beyond that, any of the pieces may be interchangeable. So, your guess is as good as mine as to who starts. Key Matchups
Vitor Faverani vs Andre Drummond
Drummond is averaging 12 points and 12 rebounds so far this season while Faverani is averaging 12.5 points and 10.5 rebounds for the Celtics. There should be a good battle in the paint between these two big men.
This is the one position where the Celtics have an advantage if Stevens sticks with the same lineup. 6'9" Jeff Green should have an advantage over 6'3" Chauncey Billups in size, speed and athleticism. Hopefully the good Jeff shows up for this one. Keys to the GameRun, Run, Run
- The Celtics showed that when they run and move the ball up the court quickly, they do some good things. They can't lapse into walking the ball up, playing half court and depending on iso's for scoring. Focus and Effort
- The Celtics must bring their focus and do the little things that help to win games. They missed 12 free throws in the loss to the Bucks and that shouldn't happen. They need to continue to play hard and put out the effort on the boards and on defense as well.
Move the Ball
- The Celtics moved the ball in the first half on Friday but in the second half, the ball movement would stop and players tried to do too much. Teamwork
- Hopefully the Celtics won't split into factions and point fingers at each other over the 2 losses so far. They need to pull together and play as a team on both ends of the court. Chemistry and teamwork are very important and as a young team, they need to work at building both.
On the Road, focus, and Officiating
After losing 2 in a row, the Celtics need to focus on getting a win in this game in hostile territory. The officiating possibly had something to do with the Celtics' young players losing focus against the Bucks when they started falling for Pachulia's flops. They can't let a couple of bad calls or the hostile atmosphere in the arena take away their focus if they want to stay in this game.