Celtics take down Pistons for their seventh win in eight games
The Boston Celtics are rolling right now having won seven out of their last eight games and are currently tied with the Atlanta Hawks for third place in the NBA’s Eastern Conference. They aren’t beating the league’s top dogs, but they are continuing to beat the opponents that they are suppose to take down, with the exception of the Orlando Magic last Sunday night. Last night they beat the Detroit Pistons at the TD Garden, and had full control of the game for most of the night.
Boston had a 20-point lead going into the halftime break and managed to keep that lead at around 20 for the majority of the third quarter. However, the fourth quarter once again became an issue for the Celtics. With the game seeming all but secured with just over five minutes to play and up by 16-points, Boston failed to really close it up. Detroit is a scrappy team and did not just roll over and quit, as they went on a 12-3 run in three minutes to cut the lead to seven points with just two-minutes to play.
The lead stayed as is until there was about a minute to play. The Celtics had been very careless with the ball in the final quarter and it looked as though they were going into another weak possession. Until Marcus Smart drained a three-point attempt from the right wing to all but end the game. Celtics took the game by a score of 102-95.
The Celtics had six players in double-figures last night, with Isiah Thomas leading the way with 17 points. It was a very consistent night all around with contributions from almost all players. Thomas, Jae Crowder, Jared Sullinger, Avery Bradley, Marcus Smart, and Evan Turner were all in double figures.
The Celtics certainly are on a hot streak right now, but they have to take the old one day at a time approach and not look forward or dwell in games that slipped away in the past. Isiah Thomas said after last night’s game, “We’re just worried about what’s going on right now and trying to have that short memory not thinking about what we could have done.”
Without a doubt the Celtics do not have the talent to compete for a championship, but they are in the running to make an appearance in the Eastern Conference finals. If they were to make the conference finals, they will more than likely take on the Cleveland Cavaliers who they were swept by in the first round last season. They will also take on Lebron and the Cavs this Friday night in Cleveland where they will need everything they have in order have get a statement win.