Last night, in the midst of losing to the Sixers, I posted this tweet.
Was I right or wrong tonight? Well, it was looking good for a while, despite this:
The Celtics arrive at their Michigan hotel at 2:16am. They'll have nine players available against the Pistons. Four of whom went undrafted.— Sean Grande (@SeanGrandePBP) April 5, 2014
The Celtics got hot pretty quickly. Knocking down three pointers at a high rate and attacking the rim in transition. Also, remember what Kevin wrote about the Celtics not sharing the ball well? All that changed tonight. They made the extra pass all night and it payed off with open looks. So much so that it made the Pistons look downright silly.
Hey Pistons, (sniff) you stink. #topgunned— CelticsBlog (@celticsblog) April 6, 2014
There was an interesting play in the first half where Singler had the ball on a breakaway and Jerryd Bayless chased him down for what looked like a flagrant foul. Replays looked like he actually got all ball (or almost all ball) but the way Singler fell made it look a lot worse. So the refs reviewed it and still gave him a flagrant 1. Which prompted this tweet:
first ever all-ball flagrant foul— CelticsBlog (@celticsblog) April 6, 2014
I still can't figure out the Pistons. Just about every good thing for them came from Drummond or Monroe. Yet the guards (and Josh Smith) continued to take ill advised shots.
If I was the Pistons' coach, I'd fine any player that shot the ball before it was touched by Drummond or Monore in the paint first.— CelticsBlog (@celticsblog) April 6, 2014
At the half the Celtics had a 10 point lead and the Celtics had a lot of points. In fact, it was the most they've had at halftime this season.
The Celtics just scored 65 points in a half with a five-plus minute field goal drought.— Jay King (@ByJayKing) April 6, 2014
Looking at the box score I couldn't help but notice that Jeff Green was having a good day. Which got me thinking...
Jeff Green has 19 points at the half. He'll either finish with 39 or 20. There's no in between.— CelticsBlog (@celticsblog) April 6, 2014
Note: He finished with 23.
In the 3rd quarter, the Celtics built up a 19 point lead and then gave it all back to lead by 10 points again at the start of the 4th.
For his part, Bayless was hot all night.
its a Bayless night, we're all just livin' in it— CelticsBlog (@celticsblog) April 6, 2014
Live by the Bayless....— CelticsBlog (@celticsblog) April 6, 2014
Our entire offense is Bayless right now.— CelticsBlog (@celticsblog) April 6, 2014
Then of course the 4th quarter happened and the Pistons erased that 10 point lead with some inspired play (and some hot shooting from Jonas Jerebko). In fact, it kind of snuck up on me.
Hey, the Pistons might just make a game of this.... oh wait, they're up?— CelticsBlog (@celticsblog) April 6, 2014
Bayless had a shot to get things interesting and it rattled in and out of the basket.
I say again, live by the Bayless...— CelticsBlog (@celticsblog) April 6, 2014
And that was all she wrote. Celtics lose.