Celtics Fall to Pistons: Fan Reaction

On February 15, the Boston Celtics dropped to 15-13 with a 98-88 loss to the Detroit Pistons. Rajon Rondo scored 35 points, but it wasn't enough to make up for a poor showing by his teammates offensively and on the boards. With Kevin Garnett sitting out with a hip injury, Detroit outrebounded Boston 44 to 33 overall. The Pistons weathered a big third quarter by Rondo before outscoring the Celtics 25-16 in the fourth to improve to 9-22.

The Pistons started four of five from the field and jumped out to a 10-3 lead in the first three minutes of the game. The Celtics responded with a 10-0 run including six straight points off layups by Rondo. The Celtics led 28-26 through one quarter behind an 11-2 advantage in fast break points.

With both Garnett and Brandon Bass sidelined, the rookie backup frontcourt of Greg Stiemsma and JaJuan Johnson gave the Celtics quality minutes in the second quarter. Rondo continued to facilitate the bulk of the offense in the second quarter and finished the first-half with 19 points and three assists. The Celtics led 49-47 entering halftime.

Rondo came out of the locker room on a roll with the jump shot and in the low post. He controlled the tempo and scored a dozen in the third. After the Celtics built their lead to six, Detroit went picked up its energy and kept the Celtics from pulling away. The Pistons ended the third quarter on a 6-0 run to take a 73-72 lead into the fourth.

Boston's second unit was far less effective in its second stint and Detroit took advantage, opening up a seven-point lead early in the fourth quarter. With Rondo off the court, the offense dried up. Detroit extended its lead to 11 with a 14-4 run with fewer than eight minutes to play. The Pistons dominated the boards, particularly in the fourth quarter. They led by as many as 13 in the one-sided fourth quarter before finishing with a ten-point win.

While Rondo lit up for 35 points on 15 of 27 shooting, he received little help from his teammates. Both Paul Pierce and Ray Allen were quiet all night; they combined to shoot just four of 16 from the floor and Allen's only bucket came in the final seconds of the game. They'll have to rebound quickly as the Celtics kick off a five-game road trip tomorrow, February 16 in a rematch with the Eastern Conference-leading Chicago Bulls.

Sources:

Detroit at Boston, Wednesday, February 15, 2012, NBA—Yahoo! Sports

NBA.com

William Menna is a native New Englander and longtime Boston sports fan.

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Updated Wednesday, Feb 15, 2012