BOSTON-At the trade deadline, the Celtics received the hidden gems of Luigi Datome and Jonas Jerebko from Detroit; tonight, the C’s returned the favor, giving away the game to the Pistons.
After leading for the majority of the game, the Celtics (30-39) struggled down the stretch especially offensively, as the team scored 19 points in the forth quarter and only 9 in overtime. Evan Turner led the Celtics with 23 points, while the rest of the starters Jae Crowder (19), Brandon Bass (13) Tyler Zeller (10), and Avery Bradley (10) all finished in double-figures.
In the victory, Reggie Jackson almost had a triple double, contributing 17 points, 11 assists, and 9 rebonds for the Pistons (24-44). Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored a game-high 27 points and Andre Drummond had a double-double, grabbing a 22 rebounds and 18 points.
See the full box score here.
EVAN TURNER RUNS THE POINT
With Marcus Smart serving a one-game suspension, Evan Turner was listed as the starting point guard. Turner had a very balanced and proficient performance, finishing with 23 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists, and 3 steals. The polarizing guard, who Jackie MacMullan brilliantly described on the broadcast as an ‘acquired taste,’ even limited his turnovers, only coughing up the rock twice in 38 minutes. Despite the good performance, Bad-Evan reared his ugly head, as the ball slipped out of his hands on the game-winning attempt at the end of regulation.
JAE CROWDER’S EXCELLENT SECOND QUARTER
After missing his first five shots of the game, Jae Crowder decided to attack the rim and ended up having a terrific second quarter. He scored half of the Celtics 24 points, drawing two fouls by making aggressive cuts towards the basket. He went 3 for 4 from the charity stripe and also knocked down an open three.
HACK-A-DRUMMOND WORKS BRIEFLY
In his short career, Andre Drummond has already established himself as one of the worst free-throw shooters in NBA history. Brad Stevens used this to advantage, deciding to foul the big man early and often. The poorly named strategy paid off, as Drummond went 2 for 11 from the charity stripe. Despite his struggles from the line, the Pistons center finished with an impressive 18 points, 22 rebounds, and 4 blocks. The Celtics went away from the strategy in the final frame, but it would not have helped their poor offensive performance.
NO REVENGE FOR GIGI AND JONAS
There was some talk heading into this game that Gigi Datome and Jonas Jerebko had something to prove against their old team; Especially Datome, who only saw 17 minutes on the floor during his time with the Pistons. Jerebko was maybe trying too hard tonight, only hitting 3 of his 11 shots, although he did contribute 8 rebounds. Datome didn’t register on the box score, only playing five minutes.
GERALD WALLACE: ORIGINAL GANGSTA
Playing 12 minutes, Wallace added much needed energy off the bench. On one possession, the OG out-hustled a pair of Pistons to grab two offensive rebounds before finishing with a put-back. Wallace finished with 7 rebounds and 2 points.