Slow start dooms Celtics in 96-93 loss to Pistons
The Celtics played historically bad in the first quarter versus the Detroit Pistons on Friday.
The team’s 12 points in the first quarter was its least expensive scoring output in a quarter in over 3 years. By the end of the period, the Celtics had actually devoted 7 turnovers and shot 5-for-19 from the field.
Boston was able to battle back thanks to an excellent effort by Jayson Tatum (28 points) and Jaylen Brown (25 points) and had an opportunity to win with under a minute to go, however might not convert on shots from Tatum and Marcus Smart in the last moments.
The Celtics fell to the Pistons, 96-93. The win is Detroit’s first of the season. Jerami Grant scored a team-high 24 points for the Pistons.
Detroit led by two with 25 seconds to go. On the Celtics occurring possession, Tatum shot an open 3-pointer in the corner for the lead, however it bounced off the rim and out. Marcus Smart got a hand on the ball and took a floater with 5 seconds left however likewise missed out on.
The Celtics fouled Mason Plumlee in the last minutes to send him to the complimentary toss line. Plumlee made one to put Detroit up by three. Tatum got another appearance at a 3-pointer on the other end of the floor, however missed again.
The herculean effort from Tatum and Brown in the second half was a necessity to bring Boston back into the video game after a rough very first quarter. The Celtics was only able to score five points in the first 6 minutes of play.
A behind the back pass from Jaylen Brown to Tristan Thompson for a layup was the group’s only highlight early in the video game.
Stevens made a modification to the team’s lineup midway through the quarter. Grant Williams, Robert Williams and Payton Pritchard inspected in and attempted to provide the group a spark.
The subs at first didn’t do much to close the gap or slow down Grant, who consistently entered into the paint and scored. Detroit scored 12 points in the paint in simply the very first 7 minutes of play.
The Celtics began to string together favorable possessions to start the 2nd quarter. Tatum scored with a jumper, Daniel Theis ended up with a two-handed dunk and Jeff Teague went 2-for-2 from the complimentary toss line to close the space to 36-21 midway through the period.
A chasedown block from Theis on Svi Mykhailiuk halfway through the quarter provided an additional spark for the Celtics.
After a tough start to the video game with two turnovers, Pritchard played exceptional defense on Piston’s guard Killian Hayes while he was on the court throughout the 2nd quarter and kept the rookie at bay. Hayes finished the game without a point.
After being down 21 at one point, Tatum and Brown led the charge in the third quarter that cut the deficit to single digits. Tatum scored 10 straight points during the quarter, including a thunderous two-handed dunk.
Brown scored a 3-pointer and back to back floaters in the paint to open the final quarter to grab the Celtics’ first lead of the game.
Following Brown’s offending explosion, neither group was able to retreat for the next 6 minutes with Boston’s offense running dry but being supported by excellent defense.
Tatum’s back to back 3-pointers with just under 5 minutes left provided Boston it’s biggest lead of the night and were likewise the last points Boston scored the remainder of the game.
Marcus Smart chipped in 13 points for the Celtics on Friday. Jeff Teague was the team’s leading scorer off the bench with 12 points.