Starting home defense: Detroit Pistons @ Boston Celtics preview

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(Hell, it’s been a while since I’ve written a game preview. Bear with me while I shake the rust off. – Kein)

We’re looking at a home game against the Pistons today. While the numbers say there’s no reason we should drop a home game against a sub .500 team that’s already out of the postseason, the injury card is making a strong case right now with our hugely depleted lineup, as is the recent discouraging spate of losses. Nevertheless, this 4-game home stand (Pistons, Cavs, Wizards, Nets) should give us an opportunity to clear the kinks out and get some wins.

Stat check: The Pistons are sitting at 25-50 this season, definitely out of the postseason and have only won 2 of their last 10 games (both road wins).

Game time: April 4th 2013, 1030hrs AEDT

Watch it on: NBA League Pass

Roster changes:

  1. Rajon Rondo (ACL) and Jared Sullinger (back) are out for the season
  2. Kevin Garnett is likely to sit, bone spur in ankle
  3. Paul Pierce will play, according to Doc Rivers is a game-time decision, was not present at morning shootaround. Crap.
  4. Will Bynum is questionable for the game with a sore right hand
  5. Jason Maxiell is out for the season with a detached retina

Top enemy performers:

  1. Scoring: Greg Monroe (15.9)
  2. Rebounds: Greg Monroe (9.5)
  3. Assists:  Jose Calderon (6.7)

Keys to the game:

  1. The rebounding battleThe tired old tagline surfaces once more. Wilcox and Bass still need to rebound better, but I see hope with Shavlik Randolph’s breakout performance (13 rebounds, 7 offensive) in the Hawks game. Will we see another #ShavKill moment tonight? Honestly, I’d really like to see some healthy rebounding numbers in this game. No freebies on the glass, put a body on your man and let’s get some STOPZZZZ.
  2. Pick-and-roll D. Will Bynum might be out, but the Pistons still have guards who can run the screen and roll effectively. (Hello Calderon, Stuckey and Knight.) Without KG, our defense in this area is not exactly elite. Limiting dribble penetration and not over-extending help defense is crucial, because this affects defensive rebounding (refer to point 1). Plus, we don’t want to be looking at an open Andre Drummond getting dunks every minute or so.
  3. Scoring. Our offense hasn’t exactly been in the best shape. Jason, Avery and Courtney are not having great nights so far, and that basically leaves Pierce and Green as the only reliable scorers at the moment. You don’t get a win with only two guys getting double-digit scoring and everyone else taking turns to slump. Get the points one way or another: if it’s not falling, you’d better be driving to get to the line. Defense is important, but you don’t win games by not putting the ball into the bucket.

Get the Jungle rocking, and let’s go C’s!

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