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Published: Fri, December 02, 2016
Medical | By Garry George

Pistons win with balanced attack


Both Celtics coach Brad Stevens and Boston big man Al Horford showered Detroit with praise for the way its offense was clicking. They are just 2-8 on the road, however. (Celtics co-owner) Wyc (Grousbeck) would probably pick it up to fly down at 3 o'clock in Atlanta.

It wasn't a pretty night to give the home folks, and right now the Celtics are a middling 10-8.

And with point guard Reggie Jackson (left knee) nearing a return after missing every game so far this season, it's beginning to look like the Pistons will remain afloat until their most important offensive player returns. The Celtics had Tuesday off.

The starting lineup accounted for 105 of the Pistons' 121 points. Ish Smith played 24 minutes and Andre Drummond played just 12 minutes, getting ejected early for throwing an elbow at Roy Hibbert. "We were down after the play so to come back and be up three at the half was good". He scored 19 in their first meeting and he has had some big games in the past and so Jae needs to stick with him on defense to keep him from having another big game at the expense of the Celtics. Marc Gasol contributed 18 points and eight rebounds.

The Celtics have allowed a disgusting 114.3 points per game in their losses this season. Andre Drummond collected 20 points and 17 rebounds for Detroit, which had all five starters score in double-figures.

"We (were) trying to get it all back at once", Bradley said.

"They made shots when they needed to make shots", Celtics forward Kelly Olynyk said. He added five rebounds and four assists. He only scored eight points in this one on 3-11 shooting but he did manage to grab 11 boards which are positive. Things got sloppy from there with the Hornets turning the ball over frequently on bad passes, and the game quickly turned into a blowout. They are coming in hot and will be confident in their ability to dictate the terms of the game, and that is how the Celtics will run into problems. "I still like the effort that we played with at the end of the game, all the guys still played hard and tried to win the game". "We can get so much better".

The Hawks are the only team to defeat the champion Cavaliers in Cleveland this season, but the four losses to end their five-game trip dropped their road record to 4-7 compared to 6-2 at home. The Celtics will be aggressive and if they do not get those turnovers it could backfire on them. The Celtics have been leaning a lot more on defense since Crowder and Horford returned, and they will continue to do that in this one. The Celtics often get into foul trouble, and that is exactly how the Pistons would like to muck up the game. The Celtics will always look to take a lot of three point shots, but they still can not rely on that to win them games yet.

The Pistons took a 59-53 lead into halftime.

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