Make no mistake about it. After both team claimed to have varying degrees of interest in the first two meetings… both the Celtics and the Pistons really want to send a message tonight.
“At the end of the day, in the regular season, it’s just a game. But some games you get more excited than others because you have the chance to prove something.”
Coach Flip Saunders
“You know there is an opportunity that you might play against those people in the playoffs and we’ll have to go through each other. You get a little juiced up to play them.”
The Celtics, meanwhile, have one good reason to win tonight: home court advantage. A quirk in this year’s schedule means we only play Detroit 3 times… so holding a 2-1 edge is a huge tiebreaker to have in your back pocket as you go down the stretch.
This is going to be intense… and we’re psyched because Chuck and I will be there. And its very appropriate that in what will feel like an old school matchup… Chuck and I are kicking it old school… and sitting in the balcony.
Interesting statistic: The Celtics have only lost 1 game by double digits this season. The NBA record low is 6. Do we really think the Celtics are about to lose 5 more games by double digits this season? Chuck has a better chance at finally losing his virginity than the the C’s do of losing 5 double-digit games. Call me nuts… but this stat might be the most impressive of them all.
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