Celtics eye first win at Detroit

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Updated: November 3, 2013

(SportsNetwork.com) – The Boston Celtics will try to avoid on 0-3 hole when
they visit the Detroit Pistons Sunday at The Palace of Auburn Hills.

The Celtics are still searching for their first win under new head coach Brad
Stevens, whose squad is coming off a 105-98 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks on
Friday. The Bucks rallied from 22 points down, while Boston’s Brandon Bass led
six players in double figures with 17 points.

Gerald Wallace added 14 points and both Jeff Green and Courtney Lee scored 13
points in defeat.

“I thought they were really having their way with us physically on the
offensive and defensive end in the last 16-18 minutes,” Stevens said. “Now the
last five or six minutes, that’s when we started getting tight, I thought, and
instead of just playing free and playing with a clear mind, they were mixing up
defenses and they did a good job of that.”

Injured Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo dressed in a beard costume to honor the
World Series champion Boston Red Sox, and addressed the crowd prior to the
contest. The World Series trophy was also brought to center court.

Earlier Friday, Boston unveiled a statue of former Celtics star Bill Russell at
City Hall Plaza.

The Pistons hope to get back on track and suffered a 111-108 overtime loss to
the Memphis Grizzlies on Friday.

Josh Smith led the Pistons with 19 points and three blocks, while Rodney
Stuckey also contributed with 19 points off the bench. Andre Drummond had a
game-high 16 rebounds. Detroit won its season opener versus Washington.

“I think we need to stay calm, everything was a little frantic. We took some
tough shots but we played really good tonight. We showed a lot of fight, and we
played hard. We know what we need to do for the next time we play them,” said
Pistons’ guard Chauncey Billups.

Detroit took two of three from Boston last season and is unbeaten in the past
four meetings at home in this series.