On Monday night, the Boston Celtics avenged one of their earlier losses of the season by defeating the Minnesota Timberwolves, 101-97.
Tonight, the Celtics look to go 2-for-2 in revenge games this week, as they host the Detroit Pistons, who defeated the Celtics 87-77 way back on November 3.
Each team has reason to feel confident heading into tonight’s showdown. Detroit’s last two games have been again two of the best teams in the NBA, and the Pistons looked pretty good in each of them, falling 111-109 in overtime to Portland and then handing Indiana its first home loss of the season in a 101-96 win on Monday night. Pistons forward Josh Smith posted back-to-back 30-point efforts in each of those contests, so the Celtics need to aware of where Smith is all night long tonight and make sure there are multiple hands in his face every time he goes to shoot the rock.
Meanwhile, Boston has won five out of six games at home in TD Garden this season, and are looking to extend their current winning streak to three games (and six of the last eight, if you must know). The Celtics are winning by virtue of having a team that scores by committee (all five of Boston’s starters average between 11 and 17 points per game), and from playing tough, in-your-face defense, holding opponents to less than 40% shooting from 5 feet outside the basket and beyond. Of course, opponents are shooting 57.5% against the Celts when they are within five feet of the basket . . . and the last time the Pistons met up with Boston, Andre Drummond scored like 44 points on 22 dunks. (Okay, it was actually 15 points, 10 of which came on dunks. Sure felt like a lot more.) Boston will have to contain Detroit’s big men far better if they want to keep their wining streak alive.
The game is set to tip-off around 7:30, so follow me on Twitter @HoudiniCeltics and @theamazingMrS, and check back in for my thoughts on the action! Have fun – go Green!