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.

Patriots players got a refresher on NFL social media policy because of Brown

Patriots players got a refresher on NFL social media policy because of Brown

FOXBORO -- Antonio Brown's live stream of coach Mike Tomlin's postgame speech on Sunday had a ripple effect that traveled all the way to New England: Just in case Patriots players weren't familiar with the league's social-media policy, they were reminded of it this week. 

"We were reminded of that," receiver Chris Hogan said. "I’m not sure what the timing is, but obviously, I don’t think we’ll see guys doing that in the locker room."

Players are prohibited from using social media in the locker room until media outlets have been given an opportunity to talk to players following games. Brown's Facebook Live video, which garnered national attention almost as soon as it went online, was shot well before the visitor's locker room at Arrowhead Stadium opened following Pittsburgh's win over Kansas City.

"We have a team policy on that," special teams captain Matthew Slater said. "Strictly enforced. We go from there."

Of course part of the reason the video became as widely disseminated as it did was because it caught Tomlin calling the Patriots "a--holes."

"I have a lot of respect for Coach Tomlin," Slater said when asked about Tomlin's speech. "I appreciate the way he prepares his team. I’ve had a good working relationship with him over the years, and it will continue to be that way."

Both Slater and Hogan insisted that their focus will be trained solely on preparing for what Tomlin and his players will do when they arrive to Gillette Stadium Sunday night -- not what they say leading up to kickoff.

"You come in here, you're automatically bought into what we preach here, what coach [Bill] Belichick preaches," Hogan said. "It's football. We're 100 percent football here. It's not about anything outside. Between the media or whatever it is outside of football, whatever we're doing. When we come here, it's 100 percent football. That's all we're focused on is the opponent we're playing that week."