Celtics: Rajon Rondo, Ray Allen, Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Kendrick Perkins
Pistons: Will Bynum, Richard Hamilton, Tayshaun Prince, Jonas Jerebko, Jason Maxiell
Health Check: The Celtics are healthy.
For the Pistons, center Ben Wallace (knee) and forward Chris Wilcox (back) are listed as questionable, while guard Rodney Stuckey (illness) is out.
Keep It In Mind: In the first two meetings between these clubs, the Pistons averaged 45.5 rebounds per game, compared to just 34.5 boards per game for the Celtics.
Who's Hot: For the Celtics, Ray Allen scored 20 points on 7-14 shooting against the Cavaliers yesterday.
For the Pistons, Will Bynum, Richard Hamilton, and Jason Maxiell all scored at least 16 points against the Hawks on Saturday.
Who's Not: The Celtics' bench mustered just 15 points against the Cavaliers yesterday.
For the Pistons, Tayshaun Prince scored just eight points in nearly 40 minutes of action against the Hawks.
Key Matchup: Ray Allen vs. Richard Hamilton
Honorable Mention: Paul Pierce vs. Tayshaun Prince
Skinny: The Celtics need to hit the glass hard tonight, particularly against Jason Maxiell. If Maxiell starts tonight, both Kendrick Perkins and Kevin Garnett could have difficulty matching his energy, similar to how they struggled with Anderson Varejao yesterday. The absence of Stuckey should favor the Celtics, but Rajon Rondo cannot take Will Bynum lightly. Bynum's a feisty point guard who plays like his contract isn't guaranteed. Rondo would be wise to take the assignment seriously.
The C's still need to worry about Hamilton and Prince, as well as Ben Gordon and Charlie Villanueva off the bench. The Pistons have a talented roster, despite being 20 games below .500 (23-43). The Celtics' bench poured in 39 points the last time these two teams met, on top of initiating a furious fourth quarter run that helped seal the win. The bench needs to respond after yesterday's lackluster performance.
With only 17 games remaining in the regular season, Doc Rivers has maintained that his team is close to "turning the corner". Perhaps that process will continue to unfold tonight against the Pistons.