The Pistons led for most of the game last night at Boston, but in the end, the Celtics rallied for an 86-to-82 victory, ending Detroit’s season-high 3-game winning streak. Detroit was up by eight points midway through the fourth quarter before Boston put on a charge that saw the Pistons miss their final seven shots and go scoreless over the final 2:43 of the game.
Detroit was led by Rodney Stuckey's 15 points, while Tayshaun Prince and Greg Monroe both netted 13 in defeat which dropped the Piston’s record to 15-and-27. The Eastern Conference leading Celtic’s fourth straight win improved their record to 32-and-9.
Detroit plays tomorrow night at New Jersey, where they say their planned blockbuster 3 team deal that would have included Piston’s guard Richard Hamilton in the trade designed to bring Carmelo Anthony to the Nets, is dead and being taken off the table.
Detroit was looking at unloading Hamilton to bring much needed cap relief for the future. Hamilton was benched for the fifth straight game last night with Coach John Kuester sticking with the rotation that has given the Pistons a bit of a spark recently. Finding a team that will pick up the 21-million dollars Hamilton is guaranteed over the next two seasons won’t be easy for Detroit.