Friday night Detroit was without the services of Blake Griffin, Luke Kennard, Christian Wood while on the road in Boston to take on the Celtics, which were also without key players such as Gordon Hayward and Marcus Smart. Though, the Celtics were still chalk full of talent with the likes of Kemba Walker, Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum all healthy. The game was over before it even started, if you want to know the truth. The Pistons fall 114-93.
I’ll just go straight to the interesting part of the game: rookie Sekou Doumbouya played the final two minutes and change of the first half. He knocked the ball away from Kemba Walker for a steal. Offensively, Sekou didn’t look comfortable, however, it’s difficult for a young player to get in their groove in just a couple minutes of action. At least Sekou got a taste of non-garbage playing time. I will remind folks, the young man is just a few days away from turning 19 years old.
If you’re a fan of Detroit (that means you), the first half was all about turnovers and points off turnovers.
HALFTIME: Celtics 60, Pistons 48. The 16 turnovers for 26 Boston points makes it a semi-miracle it's not a 25-point deficit.— Keith Langlois (@Keith_Langlois) December 21, 2019
Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum had their stuff going all game: spin moves, threes, fadeaways, floaters, acrobatic layups, jumping off bears and dunking, you name it and they did it. Both are two of the smoother wing players you will see.
Kemba Walker came in averaging 35 points per game over his last three games, but scored just two points (no field goals) and turned it over seven times. It hardly mattered.
Rookie 7-foot-6 Tacko Fall saw four minutes of action in the fourth and showed why he might carve out a role for himself a bit down the road. He can move his feet better than most 7-foot-6 people, has a post-up game, and is, well, he’s freakin’ 7-foot-6 like I said. The Boston crowd was chanting “WE WANT TACKO” towards the end of the third quarter. When Brad Stevens finally summoned Tacko off the bench and into the game I was glad I had stuck around to watch — I mean, I was chanting the same thing at my walls too.
Rookie forward Grant Williams (you may remember my love fest with him prior to the NBA Draft in a few
dozen hundred of my pieces and comments) scored a career-high 18 points and looked very much like a savvy veteran on offense. Grant is a bit undersized for the front court but has a good offensive skill-set and touch, and he showed it tonight.
Derrick Rose continued his general assault on opposing guards and defenses (and his team’s turnover totals), scoring in the mid range and at the rim. He finished with 14 points. With his value sky high and his friendly contract, Detroit needs to be willing to hear offers for him. I would think that they are.
Thon Maker led Detroit with 15 points and Svi Mykhailiuk scored 12 on 4-of-7 shooting from deep (although 4-of-12 shooting overall). That was it. The Celtics could have won this game by 40 if they needed to.
Detroit is now 11-18 and their season is quickly slipping away. Positivity is hard to come by right now (the team is 0-3 since my ‘stay positive’ proclamation post), but at least Saturday night there’s a winnable game at home versus the Chicago Bulls.