This was a fantastic game to deposit into the tank bank! Last night the Boston Celtics were defeated by the Detroit Pistons 115-111, in a game that the Celtics were winning for about 46 minutes. Yes, I know it’s never a morale lifter when you blow a large lead, but this group did play very well tonight, and a loss to a team with a somewhat similar record is better at this point of the season. Jared Sullinger had himself a game, scoring 22 points with 10 rebounds and five assists. Pistons center Andre Drummond caused major problems for the Celtics down the stretch. Drummond scored 19 points and grabbed an impressive 20 rebounds. Here are some more thoughts about the Celtic’s tough loss last night:
- Another strong effort off the bench for Kelly Olynyk. 11 points and nine rebounds for the rookie, who just has to learn how to play bigger on the defensive end. He has deceptive length and can make an impact on that end, but he doesn’t move so well side-to-side. He did manage two blocks last night, but this offseason he should be spending his time in the gym working on his defense, that way he can play on the floor more with Sully.
- The Pistons were the beneficiary of some suspect officiating. They were able to get to the line towards the end of the game a lot, and finished with 36 free-throw attempts. I know the Celtics don’t play great defense, but the whistle seemed to blow a lot faster when Detroit had the ball. It works out for me, but I can imagine Brad Stevens wasn’t thrilled about this.
- Rodney Stuckey had a great game for Motown. He is in the final year of his contract, and with a few good performances at the end of this season, he can play his way into another pricey three- or four-year deal. The Celtics are going to stay far away from Stuckey, someone who they have been linked to in the past. If they do sign him this offseason, you are looking at one unhappy camper.
- Phil Pressey started in place of Rajon Rondo tonight, who as we know, can’t play in back-to-back games. I love his game, and he displayed the very best of it for most of the night, recording 12 points and 11 assists. Pressey has a versatile offensive game, but needs to handle the ball a bit better to play significant minutes next season. The C’s seem set at point guard with Rondo and Pressey, so I wonder if they are thinking about taking Marcus Smart in this year’s draft to go with a smaller lineup next season.