— Detroit Pistons (@DetroitPistons) February 23, 2018
My Pistons Weekly #10 finds us past the All-Star break with just 24 games remaining in the season. After scoring 14 points with 3 rebounds and a block in the All-Star game, Andre Drummond rejoins a Pistons team fighting to re-enter the playoff picture behind the Miami Heat (1.5 games) and Philadelphia 76’ers (3 games).
Before the break, the Pistons lost both ends of a back to back. First losing a heartbreaker in Atlanta and then at home against Anthony Davis and the Pelicans. It didn’t take long to get revenge on the Hawks and win at home on Valentines Day to take the season series 3-1.
Yesterday the Pistons faced the Celtics at Little Caesars Arena. The Celtics have a lot of familiar faces with former Pistons Aron Baynes, Marcus Morris, and newly added Greg Monroe. The Pistons got off to a strong start and nursed a 2 possession lead for most of the 1st quarter. However, the story of the evening was the Celtics 2nd quarter. After an Anthony Tolliver 3 pointer gave Detroit a 2 point lead, Marcus Morris responded with a 3 pointer of his own to give the Celtics a lead they would not relinquish. It started a 24-5 Celtics run that the Pistons could not recover from. Rookie Daniel Theis had 8 points during the run, 12 during the quarter, and a career high 19 on the game. Every Pistons starter scored in double figures, led by Ish Smith’s 20 point/6 assist night and Andre Drummond’s 15 point/17 rebound effort. That wasn’t enough to overcome a 65-21 bench scoring deficit as the Pistons fell to the Celtics 110-98.
— Detroit Pistons (@DetroitPistons) February 24, 2018
Now the Pistons must go on the road to face the Hornets tomorrow afternoon and the top seeded Raptors Monday evening before coming home to face the Milwaukee Bucks Wednesday night. Every game will be critical as the Pistons find themselves 2 games under .500 with matchups against their Eastern Conference foes.
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