Detroit came into Boston desperate for a win and left happy. The Pistons stunned the Celtics, as they handed them a 116-103 defeat. The loss was Boston’s fourth in their six games and dropped the Celtics into a tie with the Miami Heat for second place in the Eastern Conference standings.
With Blake Griffin and several other regulars out with injuries, the Pistons got big nights from a host of role players against an indifferent Celtics defense. Detroit shot 60% for the game, including several easy makes inside the arc.
Veterans Markieff Morris and Derrick Rose led the way for the Pistons with 23 and 22 points respectively. Two young players stepped up for Detroit alongside the vets, as Sekou Doumbouya and Svi Mykhailiuk both scored career-highs. Rookie Doumbouya played well with 24 points, while second-year player Svi Mykhailiuk added 21 points of his own.
Rumored Boston trade-target Andre Drummond scored 13 points and grabbed 13 rebounds.
The Celtics were led by Gordon Hayward, as he scored 25 points on 11-of-15 shooting. Jaylen Brown added 24 points, while Kemba Walker scored 19 points.
Boston played without Jayson Tatum for the first time this season, as he was sidelined by a sore right knee. Brad Stevens said there aren’t any long-term concerns about Tatum’s health.
Without Tatum available, Stevens seemed to spend a lot of the game searching for lineups that worked. Several groups saw their first extended minutes together and it showed. Boston wasn’t connected defensively and allowed Detroit far too many good looks at the basket.
Tatum will travel with the team to Milwaukee, and is expected to be available for tomorrow’s game against the Bucks. Boston will look to get back on track on the back-to-back against the NBA’s best team to this point in the season.