The Pistons' zone defense proved to be too much for the Celtics in the second half, as Detroit overcame a 12-point deficit to defeat the Celtics, 92-86.
- Paul Pierce started out scorching, with 17 of his 21 points coming in the first 12 minutes. Unfortunately, his offense sputtered late, much like the team as a whole. He scored just two points in the third quarter and was scoreless in the final frame.
- Rajon Rondo dropped 21 points (his jump shot showed signs of life tonight), grabbed eight rebounds, dished out seven assists and swiped four steals, but like Pierce, wasn't much of a factor in the fourth quarter, scoring just two points.
Rodney Stuckey was the thorn in the Celtics' paw all night long, scoring Detroit's first seven point and finishing the night with 27 points, a career-high 11 rebounds and six assists.
- Charlie Villanueva made his presence felt in the fourth quarter - scoring 10 of his 19 points, including a pivotal three-pointer with 55.1 seconds left that really hammered the nail into Boston's coffin.
- While Detroit's zone defense crippled the Celtics' offense in the second half, the C's also struggled with the issues that have plagued them all season: rebounding (Detroit 45 - Boston 35), turnovers (19 for 14 Detroit points) and free throws (21-28).
- The bench did not come through for Boston tonight, scoring just 12 points total, compared to 43 (!) for Detroit's bench.
Glen Davis got into a war of words with a blasphemous Pistons fan during the second quarter and used some language I am unable to repeat right here. During his post game press conference, Doc said he wouldn't hand out a punishment to Davis, but don't be shocked if the league takes action. In no way did Doc defend Glen, though, saying, "Shame on Glen" a number of times. Not what the Celtics need right now.