WALTHAM It's been a while since the Detroit Pistons coming to the TD Garden might be considered a big game.
But for the Boston Celtics Wednesday night?
After Wednesday's game against the Pistons, Boston (14-12), the Celtics won't play again before their fans in Boston until Feb. 29 against Milwaukee.
Between now and then, the Celtics will play four games in addition to the All-Star break.
After what has been a roller coaster of a season at home (the Celtics are now 11-7 at home), the C's would love nothing more than to continue building on the 5-1 record they have during this current homestead.
Paul Pierce is well aware that a win over Detroit will go far in providing an added boost of confidence as the Celtics hit the road for nearly two weeks.
"This is big," Pierce said of Wednesday's game against the Pistons, who are 8-22 after losing to San Antonio, 99-95, Tuesday night in Detroit. "Gotta take care of that last home game before you hit the road. You know how important that is, to gather some momentum going on the road. You gotta take care of business."
Especially against a Detroit team has spent most of the season near the bottom of the NBA standings. Despite their record, though, the Pistons have won four of their last six games.
What's the catch?
All four of those wins were against teams with a below-.500 record.
Meanwhile, the C's are coming off a huge 95-91 win over a Derrick Rose-less Chicago Bulls team.
Known as the Truth, Pierce doesn't mince words when asked about Wednesday's game against the Pistons.
"This is a game that we should win," Pierce said. "Detroit hasn't been playing well lately. So we just have to take care of business."