Celtics Pistons Game Recap: Boston Embarrassed in Loss

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Read ahead for more of my thoughts on Boston’s embarrassing loss in my Celtics Pistons game recap. Last Night’s Celtics vs. Pistons game didn’t finish as predicted as the previously winless Pistons beat the Celtics who were coming off a massive win versus the Grizzlies where they won by 19 points.

Celtics Pistons Game Recap

Both teams struggled on the first day of the new year, but the Pistons somehow found a way to pull off the win. Although it was the first win of the year for Detroit it probably wasn’t the best game they have played so far this season. 

1st Quarter

The Celtics didn’t score their first basket of the game until the 9:38 mark in the first quarter, at that point Detroit already had a 5-2 lead. It didn’t get any better from there, Boston continued to not be able to score and the Pistons were playing pretty solid on the offensive side of the ball.

With the shot clock ticking down Marcus Smart hit an acrobatic three-point shot right at the buzzer which looked like a momentum changer for the Celtics. If it couldn’t get any worse for the Celtics at the next stoppage of play the three-pointer was reviewed and got called back giving the Pistons a 9-2 lead. 

Detroit’s run and Boston’s drought continued giving the Pistons a 13-2 lead halfway through the quarter. Jeff Teague came into the game with 4 minutes left while the Celtics were down 18-5, he provided a mini spark for the offense but that quickly fizzled out as the Pistons took a 27-12 lead heading into the second quarter. Teague ended up being the leading scorer of the quarter with five points.

2nd Quarter

Once again the Pistons started the quarter on a run and the Celtics just couldn’t score, just two minutes in Detroit had already expanded their lead to 35-14. Boston started to string together some good defensive possessions holding them to only four points for about four straight minutes. During that time the Celtics also struggled to score the basketball, only putting up nine points. Halfway through the period, Boston found themselves down 38-24. The Celtics didn’t cut down the lead at all for the rest of the quarter, at halftime the Pistons were upsetting the Celtics 55-40. 

Jerami Grant was leading the way for the Pistons at the point with 18 points and two rebounds in the half. For the Celtics, Jaylen Brown, Marcus Smart, and Jeff Teague were tied for the Celtics leading scorer all with eight points. The Piston’s main reason for such a big lead at the half was their 30 points in the paint. 

3rd Quarter

The start of the second half was the opposite of the first two-quarters of the game, Boston cut the lead to single digits 2:30 minutes into the half before a Saddiq Bey three-pointer ended the run. Detroit called a timeout four minutes into the quarter after Boston had made the Pistons lead 62-53. Some great defensive possessions and some bad misses from Detroit helped fuel the run. With two minutes remaining in the quarter a three-pointer from Jayson Tatum cut the lead down to 5, Tatum had 14 points in the quarter. A good defensive stop at the end of the quarter gave the Pistons only a six-point lead after the third quarter where Boston outscored Detroit 33-24.

4th Quarter

Jaylen Brown took matters into his own hands to start the quarter scoring seven unanswered points a little over a minute into the fourth quarter. The Celtics regained the lead with 5:15 to go thanks to a Tatum three. Another Tatum three gave the Celtics a 93-88 lead with 4:15 left. An offensive foul on Bey gave the Celtics the ball up three with two minutes to play. A missed corner three from Grant Williams gave the Pistons the ball back where they hit two free throws to make it only a one-point Celtics lead. Derrick Rose then took the ball end to end to give the Pistons a 94-93 lead.

A missed three from Detroit gave Smart a look from three with 27 seconds left that he missed, Bey grabbed the rebound, got fouled, and headed to the line where he went one for two, pushing the lead to two. Boston designed a great play that gave Tatum a wide-open corner three but he couldn’t knock it down. Mason Plumlee came down with the rebound and immediately got fouled sending him to the line with 5.6 seconds showing on the clock.

Plumlee missed the first free throw but made the second one giving the Pistons a three-point lead, giving Boston one last chance to send the game to overtime. That time the play was drawn up for Jaylen Brown who got an open look from three but front rimmed the shot giving Detroit their first win of the season.

Celtics Pistons Game Recap: Stats

Jayson Tatum led the game in scoring with 28 points while shooting 45.8% (11/24) from the field. Jaylen Brown also put up solid numbers with 25 points and nine rebounds while shooting 60% (12/20) from the field. Marcus Smart had 13 points and 9 assists to go along with a 35.7% (5/14) shooting night.

Scoring wise the Pistons were led by Jerami Grant who had a 24 point night in the win. Mason Plumlee only scored eight points but pulled down an outstanding 17 rebounds. Veteran and former league MVP Derrick Rose had a great game off the bench with 17 points, five rebounds, and four assists. 

What’s Next?

Boston clearly didn’t fully show up against a young Pistons team that needed a win. The Celtics have not jumped off to the hot start they were hoping for this season but don’t worry yet, they have been without Kemba Walker so far and the Celtics team have shown in games this year that they are still contenders to be a top team in the Eastern Conference.

The Celtics will have a chance to avenge themselves on Sunday where they will have a rematch against the Pistons. That Game will be at 3 pm EST on January 3rd again in Detroit. Thanks for reading my Celtics Pistons game recap.

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Sam has been writing for Overtime Heroics since June of 2020, he currently is a writer for the Boston Celtics. Sam also helps run the Overtime Heroics Celtics Twitter account.