Tonight's win over the Pistons wasn't pretty, easy, or enjoyable. But it was a win. Right now, this Celtics team could use a lot of those. They are slipping in the conference standings, so every game is pretty much becoming a must win. The bottom line: this win was big.
Tonight's USOTN goes to the one-sided offensive rebounding. The Celtics have been a horrible rebounding team this season, with tonight only continuing that phenomenon. The C's were out-rebounded on the offensive boards by the Pistons, 25-4. It was ugly, but at least they won. That's all that matters.
To go along with the clutch win, the Celtics also gained a game on the Hawks in the conference standings. Tonight, the Hawks dropped a home game to the Knicks, allowing the Celtics to gain a full game on them. Boston's now just 2.5 games behind Atlanta for the five seed and 2 games behind the Bulls for the six seed. I know they can do it. They just gotta get hot.