Pistons 103 Celtics 97 – If the Boston Celtics want to make it to the NBA Finals, they now know a win on the road is essential. The Detroit Pistons now have the home court advantage in the series after giving the C’s their first loss at the Fleet Center. In doing so, they showed that six is definitely greater than three. A total team effort by the Pistons (6 players in double figures) was just enough to hold off the Celtics Big 3. Richard Hamilton (25 pts) led Detroit as all five starters scored in double figures. But the surprise player of the night might have been Rodney Stuckey. The rookie came in and played like a veteran. At the beginning of the fourth quarter, he scored six points in 4 minutes to help extend the Pistons lead to 11. Hitting open jumpers and driving to the hoop like Dwayne Wade, Stuckey silenced the crowd everytime Boston would try and build some momentum. He was what Paul Pierce would later call the X-factor.
The one good sign for the Celtics is it seems Ray Allen has found his shooting touch. In probably his best game in three months, Allen had 25 points. The thing is when he scores over twenty points in a game, Boston is 0-3 in the playoffs. With KG, Paul Pierce, and Allen scoring all but 22 points, the C’s know they need a much better play from their role players. Especially if they want to win in Detroit. It might be time for Doc Rivers to play Sam Cassell. Game three is Saturday night. Will Boston be able to regain the form that made them the best road team all season or will the Pistons keep home court? One thing for sure is that you will here plenty of D-E-T-R-O-I-T BASSKEETTBALLL coming through your TV.