The Boston Celtics are on the road tonight, looking to notch their first win of the 2013-2014 NBA season.
Picking up a W won’t be an easy task, however, for two reasons. First, the Cs need to bounce back from a pretty monumental collapse against the Milwaukee Bucks Friday night, in which Boston a 22 point lead. Not a 2 point lead; not a 12 point lead; a 22 point lead – yikes.
And, if the Celtics have somehow found a way to move on past that loss, they have to find a way to shut down a Detroit Pistons team that remade itself during the offseason into a legitimate threat to win the Eastern Conference. The Pistons managed to pick up both Josh Smith and Brandon Jennings, and look pretty good so far through two games. Detroit beat the Washington Wizards 113-102 to open their season before losing in overtime 111-108 to a very good Memphis Grizzlies team.
Essentially, then, we have a battle between teams headed in slightly opposite directions. The Pistons clearly plan on making the playoffs this season, and they have the talent to suggest it’s not just a pipe dream. Meanwhile, the Celtics have been able to put some good stretches together, but have been too inconsistent to turn those efforts into Ws. Boston also lacks a true point guard, and will need to find a solution to this dilemma pretty quickly.
Of course, there are many players to watch tonight who could give Boston a shot at pulling off the upset. Jeff Green has been looking for his shot and attacking the rim so far this season, which indicates that he is mentally up to the challenge of being Boston’s number one scoring option. Vitor Faverani has played impressive basketball through the first two games, as well, providing low post scoring and the knack for erasing shots. Brandon Bass has also been a solid second or third scoring option for the Celtics, and you know he’s always ready to D it up, too.
The game kicks off at 6 p.m. tonight, and I will be providing you with full coverage on Twitter (@HoudiniCeltics) and here at Hardwood Houdini, so thanks for the read, leave your picks below, and come on back for my thoughts after the game!