The Detroit Pistons went toe to toe with the Boston Celtics Sunday night with a terrific opportunity on their hands. With the Atlanta Hawks losing yesterday, a win by the Pistons would have brought them to within two games of the Eastern Conference‘s eighth and final seed. However, failing to capitalize on ideal situations is the trend this season for Detroit, and this time was no different as they fell to the Celtics 118-111.
This was a perfect game for the Pistons to gain a little ground in the playoff chase against a Boston team that is lottery-bound and really has nothing to play for. Now, at 14 games below .500, it’s hard to imagine Detroit playing consistently enough in the final 20 games of the season to catch the Hawks.
Rajon Rondo‘s performance was a flashback to what the point guard is capable of doing when fully healthy as he dished out 18 assists to go along with 11 points. Kris Humphries also put up a double-double with 20 points and 11 boards.
Several solid Piston performances went to waste in this loss. Andre Drummond was stellar yet again on the glass as he grabbed 22 rebounds. Josh Smith had 28 points while Greg Monroe added 22 points and 14 rebounds of his own.
With the Sacramento Kings coming to town on Tuesday, it appears that Detroit has a winnable game coming up. But this season has showed that there are really no easy wins with this Pistons team. Even with a victory against Sactown, Pistons fans might as well be counting down the days until the regular season ends next month.