The Boston Celtics will continue their five game road trip this weekend when they travel to Detroit to take on the Pistons, a team that defeated them on Wednesday night in Boston. In fact, by sheer coincidence, the Celtics five opponents on this trip -- starting with Chicago on Thursday night -- are all teams that have previously defeated them in Boston.
The C's were unsuccessful in starting off the road swing with a win, as the Bulls -- who played without star guard Derrick Rose -- overwhelmed the Celtics on Thursday, 89-80. The Celtics had no answer for forward Carlos Boozer, who finished with 23 points and 15 rebounds.
On Sunday, the Celtics will look to avenge Wednesday night's frustrating home defeat against Detroit, a team that previously had won just two road games all season. For Boston to avoid a second consecutive defeat to the Pistons, they'll need a more balanced offensive effort than Wedneday, when point guard Rajon Rondo put up 27 shots to finish with a career-best 35 points. The Celtics bench finished with just 15 points however, 14 less than Detroit's, and as a team Boston connected on just one three point attempt.
The Celtics will play three games in four nights starting on Sunday before heading into the All-Star break. Captain Paul Pierce was the only Celtic selected to go to Orlando for the weekend, just a year after the Celtics sent four players to the All-Star game in Los Angeles.