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Stars, studs and duds: Celtics praise 'really good' Pistons

Stars, studs and duds: Celtics praise 'really good' Pistons

BOSTON – For so many games, we have seen the Boston Celtics play a brand of basketball that was far from perfect, but good enough on most nights to emerge victorious.
 
Not tonight; not against a hungry Detroit Pistons team that’s looking for more than victories as they try and climb their way up the Eastern Conference standings.
 
Performances like Monday’s 118-108 win over Boston can only help.

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 The Pistons (13-6) scored more points than any team has this season against the Celtics (18-4), which was aided by them shooting 51.8 percent – the highest shooting percentage any team has had against the Celtics this season.
 
“We know we beat a really, really good team,” said Pistons head coach Stan Van Gundy. “We were able to get quality shots on a pretty consistent basis against a great defensive team.”
 
After the game, the Celtics players and head coach Brad Stevens praised the Pistons for a well-played game.
 
“They’re a good team,” Stevens said. “They’re well-coached, they run good stuff, I love what they’re doing. They’re really good.”
 
Here are the Stars, Studs and Duds from Boston’s 118-108 loss to the Detroit Pistons.
 
 

STARS
 
Andre Drummond

This was one of the more engaging performances we’ve seen from Drummond in a long, long time. He finished with a monster double-double of 26 points and 22 rebounds with six assists and four steals while shooting 10-for-12 from the field.
 
Tobias Harris

If there’s one thing we know about Tobias Harris, it’s that when he gets it going he becomes extremely difficult to cool down. He was knocking down jumpers, drives to the basket and 3-pointers most of the night before finishing with 31 points on 11-for-16 shooting along with eight rebounds.
 
Kyrie Irving

It wasn’t one of Irving’s better performances this season, but he still managed a near double-double with 18 points on 6-for-16 shooting along with nine assists.
 
 

STUDS
 
Marcus Smart

It was yet another big night shooting the ball for Smart who led all Celtics with 23 points on 8-for-13 shooting which included six made 3-pointers.
 
Reggie Jackson

On a night when Drummond and Harris had big nights, Jackson also delivered an impressive performance. The former Boston College star had 20 points on 7-for-10 shooting along with seven assists and a blocked shot.
 
Avery Bradley

His scoring really set the tone for the Pistons who shot the ball (51.8 percent) better than any team against the Celtics this season. Bradley finished with 13 points on 5-for-14 shooting with five assists and two steals.
 
 
DUDS

 
Celtics composure

Credit Detroit’s defense for doing more than just taking the Celtics out of what they wanted to do on the floor. The Pistons forced Boston into committing 17 turnovers which they converted into 26 points while Boston’s top-ranked defense forced just eight turnovers which led to just eight points.

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Danny Ainge has got the jokes...aimed at Terry Rozier, Jaylen Brown

Danny Ainge has got the jokes...aimed at Terry Rozier, Jaylen Brown

Danny Ainge was busy on Twitter late last night poking a little fun at a couple of his players.

Ainge, the Celtics president of basketball operations, wondered where the defense was in a video of "Scary" Terry Rozier playing in a pickup game with Wizards guard John Wall and other NBAers. 

A little good-natured payback for Rozier's FaceTime interruption of Ainge's drafting of Robert Williams back in June?

A few minutes before his Rozier tweet, Ainge saw a video tweeted by Cal athletic director Jim Knowlton of Jaylen Brown showing his skills on the piano at the Berkeley campus' Sproul Plaza. Brown spent a year at Cal before being drafted by Boston in 2016.

Ainge couldn't resist a jab at Brown's ball-handling skills. 

So, Celtics players, post those Twitter videos at your own risk because the boss is watching.

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Anything is Podable Episode Two: New owner, new era

Anything is Podable Episode Two: New owner, new era

It’s not very often that a marquee franchise like the Boston Celtics is sold, but in 2002, control of the green and white changed hands.

Episode Two of NBC Sports Boston’s “Anything is Podable” looks at the first several years of the Wyc Grousbeck era and how the new ownership group began to lay the building blocks of the next great Celtics team.

“Mortgaged the house to put down the deposit and started to figure out whom I could call to raise all this money,” said Grousbeck in an exclusive interview for the podcast series. “But as of that moment, I knew I was going to be the controlling owner of the Boston Celtics, or I was going to die trying. I mean, that was going to happen.”

While the Celtics’ transformation from pretender to contender took several years, Grousbeck and his team were committed to giving fans the team’s seventeenth championship.

“When you come into the Celtics, you can’t come into it for money, and we never did” added Grousbeck. “I named the company ‘Banner 17’ because I wanted to win the 17th banner and hopefully more.”

The podcast continues on to address the coaching transition from Jim O’Brien to Doc Rivers, as well as Danny Ainge’s first few seasons as General Manager and President of Basketball Operations.

“I’m not exaggerating if I say 10-15 different coaches and ex-coaches told me not to take the Boston job,” said Rivers. “Too much pressure, they’re going to be bad for a long time, not sure if you and Danny will work well together. I mean, I just got a lot of calls.”

“As excited as I was for Doc, you know, Wyc and Pags, they wanted to sign him before we left the house,” joked Ainge. “They were so excited. They were enamored with Doc.”

With Ainge and Rivers now in charge of all things on the court, Grousbeck and his team were on their way to fulfilling their goal.

Anything is Podable is a ten-part series diving into the story of the 2008 Celtics and their championship season, with exclusive, never-before-heard interviews with team executives, former players, and media members.

Narrated by Kyle Draper, it’s the perfect way for Celtics fans to pass time this offseason and get excited for 2018-19, a season in which the Celtics have as good a chance at raising their 18th championship banner as they’ve had since that magical 2008 season.

Fans can subscribe to the podcast through the link below and check out the other nine episodes for a look at this exclusive series.