Nothing goes right for Celtics in 103-83 loss


Nothing goes right for Celtics in 103-83 loss

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. Detroit's Jason Maxiell shot a jumper in the third quarter that barely grazed the rim. Boston's Brandon Bass seemingly had the rebound, but lost control.

It wound up in the hands of Rodney Stuckey who then got it to Tayshaun Prince for an easy jumper.

It was indeed that kind of game for the Celtics with seemingly nothing at either end of the floor going their way.

And that, even against the lowly Pistons, is a recipe for disappointment and more than anything else, a defeat.

That is indeed what the C's left with as Detroit (2-8) took advantage of Boston's miscues and missed shots en route to a 103-83 win.

Boston (6-5) has lost two of its last three games, and third straight to Detroit at the Palace of Auburn Hills.

Even though the game was well out of reach of a C's comeback late in the fourth quarter, Boston elected to keep Rajon Rondo on the floor to seemingly keep his double digit assists streak intact.

A jumper by Jared Sullinger with less than a minute to play gave Rondo his 10th assist which runs his double-digit streak to 34 in a row.

Rondo's assists numbers were indicative of how the game went for Boston.

Shots that the C's normally knock down with consistently, were hitting the front of the rim. And when they drove into the lane, the elevation needed to finish simply wasn't there.

Meanwhile, the Pistons' confidence seemed to steadily grow as the game went on.

The Celtics led most of the first quarter, but their control disappeared early in the third as Detroit opened with a 6-0 spurt.

Throughout most of the second quarter, neither team seemed capable of gaining control of the action.

Boston, which had lost its previous two games in Detroit, once again found themselves in a game against the Pistons that was far too close for comfort.

As the quarter went on, the Celtics continued to clang one good look at the basket after another.

It was the kind of confidence boost that the 1-9 Pistons desperately needed.

The C's were also dealing with some mounting foul trouble.

In addition to Paul Pierce picking up his second personal foul in the first quarter which limited his play some, Celtics forward Brandon Bass was dealing with foul trouble as well.

Bass picked up his third personal foul with 3:45 to play in the second quarter on a drive to the basket by Brandon Knight.

On the ensuing Pistons possession, Tayshaun Prince nailed a jumper in the lane to give Detroit a four-point lead, their largest of the game.

Detroit would continue to increase its lead, taking a 48-40 lead into the half.

Quick Slants Podcast: Gostkowski’s woes with Chuck Zodda


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New England Patriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski has now missed five kicks on the year, including field goals against the Miami, Buffalo and Cleveland. 

In an emergency podcast, Tom E. Curran speaks with Chuck Zodda of Inside The Pylon about Stephen Gostkowski’s kicking woes.

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Geno Smith has torn ACL; Ryan Fitzpatrick to start for Jets


Geno Smith has torn ACL; Ryan Fitzpatrick to start for Jets

The Jets’ quarterback situation took a comically typical turn Monday, as Ryan Fitzpatrick will be under center after an MRI revealed that Geno Smith has a torn ACL. 

After starting New York’s first six games of the season, Fitzpatrick was demoted to backup for Sunday’s game against the Ravens. Smith was injured on a sack by Baltimore’s Matt Judon, forcing Fitzpatrick back into action. 

After leading the Jets to a 24-16 win, Fitzpatrick made his dissatisfaction with being benched known. 

“The biggest thing in this game in order to last, is to have belief in yourself,” Fitzpatrick said in his postgame press conference. “Because when the owner stops believing in you and the GM stops believing in you and the coaches stop believing in you, sometimes all you have is yourself. That’s something that I’ve had to deal with before. That’s something I’m dealing with now.”

On the season, Fitzpatrick has completed 136 of 237 passes for 1,561 yards with six touchdowns and a league-leading 11 interceptions.