November 28, 2022

The Boston Celtics will be aiming for a four-game winning streak when they host the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday night.

An explosive attack of 115.3 points per game helped the Celtics start 7-3. They have at least 102 points in all games and at least 109 points in all wins.

Jayson Tatum led Boston to 39 points on a 12/25 shoot on the field in Monday’s 109-106 win over Memphis, but it was a late defensive position with the ball in the hands of Grizzly star Ja Morant that secured the win.

“Our players have always played hard (Monday) but I felt like we were taking a step towards the defensive detail,” said interim manager Joe Mazula. “The defense has shown that they can. Some habits take time to build. We’re definitely getting better.”

Defense was key as Morant scored just three points in the last quarter and Memphis only made three of their 11 threes during that period. The Celtics will try to maintain that strength against the pistons. Boston won three of the four matches between the two teams last season.

On Monday, the Celtics were 85-84 at the end of the third quarter, but the difference was they played 16-5 to start the fourth quarter.

During the start of the season, scoring games were often played Boston’s way.

“We’re looking for a way to win the game,” said Celtics point guard Marcus Smart. “We’re looking for a way to stop the goal. The time will come when our shots don’t drop and the defense needs to be in place.”

Detroit lost 0-5 on the road this season and only defeated the Eastern Conference team, the Orlando Magic, in their opening game of the season. Orlando is 2-9. The Pistons went on to win their third straight game with a 112-103 win over Oklahoma City on Monday.

Thanks to a 64-40 lead in the second half, the Pistons overcame a 63-48 halftime deficit and secured their first win since October 30 over Golden State.

“Our big adjustment is called energy,” said Pistons manager Dwan Casey. “They overtook us in the first half and overpowered us, and once we decided to play at that level we got back into the game.”

Casey’s team started the second half 24-6.

Saddiq Bey led the Pistons in their fourth run of the season with 25 points, while Cade Cunningham had 21 points and 11 rebounds. Jayden Ivy and Isaiah Stewart also recorded double-doubles.

Rookie center Jalan Duren, who became the youngest player to record a double-double since Dwight Howard (2004) earlier this season, missed three games with a left ankle injury, but returned on Monday and scored 7 points, 4 rebounds and 4 rebounds. Three blocks in 21 minutes.

“Bringing all the players back and getting our size and health back will help,” Casey said. “You’ll have a little flexibility. You can run big, you can run small. But most definitely you can match the big lineup we’re seeing.”

The Pistons will finish their two-game road trip against the New York Knicks on Friday night before Boston returns to Detroit on Saturday.

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