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Return of Sheed: Pistons Host Celtics

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For a while it looked like the Pistons just might post their first winning month since Dec. 2008. Instead, they finished their final trip out west of the season with a three-game losing streak, limping back to the Palace just in time to host the Boston Celtics tonight.

Fortunately, the Celtics are hardly tearing things up recently, as well, losing three of their last four, including Saturday to the lowly Nets, who won for just the sixth time all year.

This one could be closer than each team's respective record suggests, especially if Ben Wallace and Jason Maxiell abuse Rasheed Wallace like they did on Jan. 20, the last time these teams met, which most fans will likely agree still stands as this season's signature win for the Pistons.

Apologies for the abbreviated preview, but the ball is about to tip. Head's up for out-of-market fans -- this one is also being broadcast by NBA TV. Here's to hoping they're using the home team's feed, since tonight also coincides with the Palace's 3rd Annual Pistons Care Telethon.