Detroit Pistons Dominate the Paint to Defeat The Boston Celtics

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The Detroit Pistons hosted the Boston Celtics tonight and terrorized the Celtics in the paint to help them secure an 87-77 victory.

The offseason addition of Josh Smith being added to the front court, which already features Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond, was on full display tonight, as the three combined for 45 points and completely destroyed the Celtics down-low.

All three of the leagues biggest front courts were outstanding tonight and started the game off dunking and didn’t look back for four quarters.

Drummond had 12 rebounds to go along with his 15 points and Monroe had 10 rebounds to go along with 15 points as well, giving both of the Pistons big men double-doubles on the night.

Tonight also saw the debut of Detroit’s other major offseason addition, as Brandon Jennings played in his first game as a Piston.

Coming off the bench, Jennings showed the quickness and athletic ability that made him one of the top guards in the league. He clocked in 31 minutes and had 14 points, four steals and four assists.

It will be important for the Pistons’ front court to keep the presence established down-low as the team is still working to develop an outside shooting game, as they only managed two three-pointers on the night.

The Pistons also need to cut down on their turnovers. As good as they played tonight, it was still very sloppy which can be expected early. The 21 turnovers allowed Boston to stay in the game much longer than they should be.

The Pistons improved to 2-1 on the season and will host the Indiana Pacers on Tuesday.

Erik Sargent is a writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @Erik_Sargent, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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