8 a.m. ET: Two straight losses have given the Celtics reason to worry, so it may help to get away for a while. A two-game road trip against teams mired near the bottom of the standings therefore could be the perfect antidote.
Of course, an opponent that was overmatched on paper managed to halt the Celtics’ six-game winning streak, so the Pistons (14-25) should not be taken lightly. The Celtics (20-19) have the misfortune of facing a Detroit squad that discovered how to win in the last few weeks. The Pistons had won seven of nine before dropping their last two games, including Thursday’s defeat in London at the hands of the Knicks.
After holding their own against a tough Chicago front line on Friday, the Celtics will be challenged again up front by Greg Monroe, Jason Maxiell and Andre Drummond. All three of those big men are capable of putting together a double-double if Boston is not careful.
The Celtics received some good news when X-rays on Avery Bradley’s ribs came back negative. He will travel with the Celtics to Detroit before the team heads to Cleveland, but there is no assurance he will play in either game.
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