By Patrick Whalen
Well after an 8 game win streak the Celtics finally lost again. This time at the hands of the Detroit Pistons. The Celtics came into last nights game again lacking Al Horford and Guerschon Yabusele which was a big hit for the Celtics frontcourt which had to deal with Blake Griffin and Andre Drummond. The Celtics kept the game close in the first half but the Pistons were able to pull away in the second to snap the 8 game win streak.
The Celtics offense was led by Kyrie who had 26 points on 11-25 to go along with 8 rebounds (Basketball-Reference.com). Kyrie had 17 of his 26 in the first but had just 9 points on 3-13 shooting in the second half (NBC Sports Boston). In the first half he was able to get circus shots to fall like these.
Marcus Smart had 21 points on 6-11 shooting and also had 8 rebounds. Jayson Tatum still got 17 points despite shooting 6-15 from the floor. Tatum also collected 8 rebounds and was throwing down some big time dunks like this one.
The shooting woes plagued the team, especially some of the players who have stepped up recently. Marcus Morris who has been averaging over 20 points over this streak had just 9 points on 3-10 shooting, he also fouled out of the game only getting 27 minutes. Gordon Hayward also struggled after scoring 19 last night had just 6 points on 3-11 shooting. As a team the Celtics shot just 42% from the floor and an atrocious 27% from three point range. They were also 74% from the foul line.
On the other side the Pistons had 6 players, including all 5 starters in double digits. Blake Griffin led the way with 27 points to go along with 8 rebounds and 6 assists. Andre Drummond was his usual beast on the boards with 20 rebounds to go with 19 points and 5 blocks. As a team the Pistons shot 49% from the floor, 33% from three and 71% from the foul line.
Overall it wasn’t a bad loss for the Celtics on the road. Detroit is an above average team and at home with the home crowd behind them they were just able to hit a couple more shots than the Celtics. Plus with no Al Horford in the line up the Celtics lacked that low post presence on offense to go against Griffin and Drummond. The Celtics are now 18-11 on the season and sit 4 games out of first place in the east. The Celts will now have 3 days off before they play the Phoneix Suns on Wednesday night. This game will start a four game home stand for the Celtics Starting with the Suns then Bucks, Hornets and finishing with the 76ers on Christmas day. After that the Celtics will finish 2018 with 3 on the road out west. One lose won’t stop this team so lets see if this home stand can start a new win streak.