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Pistons (28-29) at Celtics (47-13) 3/1
« on: February 28, 2009, 07:54:10 PM »

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Detroit Pistons (28-29) at Boston Celtics (47-13)
Sunday, March 1
1:00 PM ET
Game #61, Home Game #30
TV:  ABC
TD Banknorth Garden



Probable Starting Matchups
Point Guard
Rajon Rondo vs Rodney Stuckey

Shooting Guard
Ray Allen vs Richard Hamilton

Small Forward
Paul Pierce vs Tayshaun Prince

Power Forward
Glen Davis vs Antonio McDyess 

Center
Kendrick Perkins vs Rasheed Wallace




Reserves
Tony Allen
Eddie House
Leon Powe
Gabe Pruitt
Brian Scalabrine
JR Giddens
Bill Walker
Stephon Marbury
Mikki Moore

Injuries:
Kevin Garnett (knee)  out
Tony Allen (thumb)  out
Brian Scalabrine (neck) out
Paul Pierce (thumb)  will play

Suspended
Gabe Pruitt



Reserves
Rodney Stuckey
Amir Johnson
Will Bynum
Walter Herrmann
Jason Maxiell
Arron Afflalo
Alex Acker
Walter Sharpe
Allen Iverson

Injuries
Allen Iverson  (back) doubtful

Key Matchups
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Rajon Rondo  vs Rodney Stuckey
Chauncey Billups was traded to Denver and Allen Iverson was moved to shooting guard in order to make room for Stuckey as the starting point guard.  The Pistons are very high on him and feel he is the future of the club.  This will be a good matchup of 2 young and promising point guards
Rondo needs to be aggressive and not pass up shots as he did against the Pacers.

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Paul Pierce vs Tayshaun Prince. 
Prince is long and at times has been able to dominate against Pierce.   Pierce on the other hand can use his strength against Prince. Pierce was tentative against the Pacers because of his injured thumb but they will need strong play from Pierce especially on the defensive end as Prince is capable of putting up big numbers. 

Honorable Mention
Ray Allen vs Rip Hamilton
Hamilton was moved to the bench and the Pistons went on an 8 game losing streak.  They won their last game after Rip was moved back to the starting lineup.  It was Rip Hamilton who moved Ray to being wearing the shooting sleeve because Rip was living up to his nickname and leaving scratches on Ray's arm from his long fingernails.   Both players are good at moving through screens to get open and it will be a good matchup. 

Connections
Rip Hamilton and Ray  Allen are both former UConn Huskies
Pistons' assistant coach Dave Cowens played with the Celtics from 1970-1980, won 2 rings and had his #18 jersey retired
Tayshaun Prince and Rajon Rondo are both former Kentucky Wildcats

Keys to the Game
Be Aggressive
Crash the Boards
No Let Up
Move the Ball and Find the Open Man

X-Factor
Filling in the Holes
The Celtics are playing without Tony, KG, and Scal and they need players to step up and fill in the holes left by the injuries. 

Re: Pistons (28-29) at Celtics (47-13) 3/1
« Reply #1 on: February 28, 2009, 08:08:49 PM »

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Can't wait for this game.

I call this a breakfast game because, living on the West Coast, I get to eat breakfast/brunch while watching.... here's hoping the day starts out well!

The other nice thing about this game is we get to look over some potential FAs the Cs might target (Sheed, McDyess).
Celtics fan for life.

Re: Pistons (28-29) at Celtics (47-13) 3/1
« Reply #2 on: February 28, 2009, 08:11:16 PM »

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Re: Pistons (28-29) at Celtics (47-13) 3/1
« Reply #3 on: February 28, 2009, 08:18:30 PM »

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Can't wait for this game.

I call this a breakfast game because, living on the West Coast, I get to eat breakfast/brunch while watching.... here's hoping the day starts out well!

Also a breakfast game for me - on the east coast of Australia tip-off is 5am. Although its a monday and I have to work when the game is over.

Here's looking to a great game!

Re: Pistons (28-29) at Celtics (47-13) 3/1
« Reply #4 on: February 28, 2009, 08:29:29 PM »

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I think the Pistons play better when AI doesn't play. So this could be a very tough game for us if we don't come out with a lot of fire from the start.

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« Reply #5 on: February 28, 2009, 08:31:37 PM »

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Also a breakfast game for me - on the east coast of Australia tip-off is 5am. Although its a monday and I have to work when the game is over.[/quote]

Those crazy time zones trip me out.

Re: Pistons (28-29) at Celtics (47-13) 3/1
« Reply #6 on: February 28, 2009, 08:47:09 PM »

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think boston is going to roll detroit tomorrow.....no AI means their guards will get tired..uptempo..i think a day of practice will help the team
“The rim is looking bigger and bigger every game.”

 Paul Pierce

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« Reply #7 on: February 28, 2009, 08:56:04 PM »

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Tomorrow the 47-13 defending World Champions face the lowly Detroit Pistons.   

Just wanted to say lowly Detroit Pistons;D

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« Reply #8 on: February 28, 2009, 09:15:26 PM »

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i just would like to say how much i enjoy watching ray allen play basketball. he is the ultimate professional....runs his butt off and has the quickest shot i have ever seen. he has been money this season and has really hit key hoops when needed. look forward to seeing it tomorrow again.
“The rim is looking bigger and bigger every game.”

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Re: Pistons (28-29) at Celtics (47-13) 3/1
« Reply #9 on: March 01, 2009, 02:10:07 AM »

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I loooooove these early games!  :)

GO CELTICS!

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« Reply #10 on: March 01, 2009, 03:45:37 AM »

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Its gona be an ideal 22:00 late dinner time game for me!! (Saudi Arabia)

I cant do the waking-up-at-04:30-games anymore!

Who am i kidding i'm up anytime the c's are on!!

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« Reply #11 on: March 01, 2009, 04:08:41 AM »

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can't wait for this game, was hoping for a A.I. VS Starbury heading the second units but oh well, i guess its Marbury VS. _______, wait who is Detroits PG behind Stuckey?

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« Reply #12 on: March 01, 2009, 04:14:10 AM »

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can't wait for this game, was hoping for a A.I. VS Starbury heading the second units but oh well, i guess its Marbury VS. _______, wait who is Detroits PG behind Stuckey?

Either Afflalo or Bynum..

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« Reply #13 on: March 01, 2009, 07:52:07 AM »

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Its gona be an ideal 22:00 late dinner time game for me!! (Saudi Arabia)

I cant do the waking-up-at-04:30-games anymore!

Who am i kidding i'm up anytime the c's are on!!

Be glad you're not in Central Europe!
Even if it's Friday, it's hard staying
up until 1:30 AM  :-\



That's why...

I loooooove these early games!  :)



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« Reply #14 on: March 01, 2009, 10:01:00 AM »

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