With Shaquille O'Neal back in Boston, the Celtics took care of business in Detroit, cruising to a 109-86 victory over the Pistons on Tuesday night. The Pistons never led in the contest.


Kevin Garnett led all scorers with 22 points, with Paul Pierce adding 21 of his own. Rajon Rondo contributed a game-high 17 assists, and has now has at least that many in three of the C's four games this season. 


There are lots of things that Kevin Garnett doesn’t like talking about, but the one thing he really doesn’t like talking about is numbers. Bring up a stat, particularly if it involves him personally, and he’ll scoff. Or scowl. Or curse.



WALTHAM -- Jermaine O’Neal admitted following practice on Monday that he’s been a disappointment so far, in part because of injuries that have affected his conditioning.


The NBA announced that Rajon Rondo was named Eastern Conference Player of the Week after dishing out 50 assists, which tied John Stockton for the most assists in a three-game stretch to open the season. Rondo recorded 24 of those assists in a win over the Knicks Friday. Rondo averaged 10.7 points, 16.7 assists and 6.3 rebounds.


Pau Gasol was named the Western Conference Player of the Week.


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WALTHAM -- Shaquille O'Neal missed his second straight practice on Monday with a knee bruise suffered late in Friday's game against the Knicks and likely won't play on Tuesday in Detroit, according to coach Doc Rivers. 


"I doubt if he plays [Tuesday] but we'll see," Rivers said following practice, which didn't include O'Neal. "If he has a chance [to play] he'll make the trip." 


Shaquille O'Neal didn't practice Sunday and it is uncertain whether he'll be ready to play Tuesday when the Celtics play at Detroit. O'Neal banged his fibula against the leg of Amar'e Stoudemire in Friday's game against the Knicks. He limped back to the locker room and didn't return. "I always have a freak injury," he said Sunday. "We’ll be all right." O'Neal said that he hopes to practice Monday and that he is taking it day by day.


Delonte West spoke after practice Sunday about the fight between him and Von Wafer Friday afternoon. "It’s not that serious," he said. "We’ve moved past that. We’re competitive guys. I’m competitive, he’s competitive. As long as it’s for the betterment of the team there’s nothing wrong with healthy competition and pushing each other to get better. Things went a little too far at the same time we’re ready to move past that. We’re professionals and we’re on to something different." 


Doc Rivers called a meeting Friday morning. The purpose was to define roles for every player on the team. Rivers thought it was necessary, even at this early point of the season.



Already down Jermaine O'Neal with swelling in the left knee and Kendrick Perkins out for another several months, the Celtics front court suffered another potential blow on Friday night when Shaquille O'Neal left with just over five minutes remaining with a bruised right knee. 


O'Neal collided with Amar'e Stoudemire in the fourth quarter and left with 5:11 remaining in the contest. He did not return.


The Celtics capped a dramatic week with a 105-101 win over the Knicks on Friday night at the Garden behind a triple-double from Rajon Rondo, who had 10 points, 10 rebounds and a career-high 24 assists. The win leaves the Celtics 2-1 after the first week of the season, which also included a hyped win over Miami, a letdown loss against the Cavaliers and a locker room fight between Delonte West and Von Wafer.