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.

Saturday, Oct. 1: Vesey's New York state of mind


Saturday, Oct. 1: Vesey's New York state of mind

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while gearing up for Big Papi weekend.

*A “behind-the-scenes” look as Jimmy Vesey was sold on the New York Rangers, but there’s not too much detail about the pitches from the other teams. Feels pretty apparent at this point that Vesey wanted to live, and work, in New York City.

*Damien Cox says that the World Cup of Hockey better get it right the next time, or else…or else what, Damien? You’re going to block them on Twitter?

*PHT writer Joey Alfieri has Patrick Kane, Erik Karlsson and P.K. Subban making their preseason debuts on Saturday. David Backes and David Pastrnak will play their first preseason games for the Bruins as well.  

*It’s a complicated, strange story with Vladimir Sobotka, the KHL and the contract he seemingly can’t get out of to again play for the St. Louis Blues.

*Oliver Ekman-Larsson is ready to get back to work with the Arizona Coyotes after his World Cup experience.

*San Jose Sharks prospect Timo Meier is out for the next month with mono, which is definitely worse timing than Zach Senyshyn getting hit with the mononucleosis bomb over the summer.

*A quick look at the Philadelphia Flyers in advance of their preseason meeting with the Black and Gold tonight, which won’t be televised.

*For something completely different: there will be some pretty funky stuff happening on The Walking Dead this season.



Claude Julien on David Ortiz: 'Finishing in style, you don't see that very often'

Claude Julien on David Ortiz: 'Finishing in style, you don't see that very often'

BRIGHTON, Mass. – It hasn’t been difficult to spot Claude Julien randomly at Fenway Park on a nice summer night in Boston over the past ten years. The Bruins coach doesn’t hide his affection for the Old Towne Team. 

So, Julien didn’t waste much time before sharing his thoughts on the final season for David Ortiz and the celebration of his Hall of Fame-worthy career that’s going on at the Fens this weekend.

It might have been a chore when the rest of the Team Canada coaching staff was watching the Toronto Blue Jackets during the World Cup of Hockey, but Julien never strayed too far away from his Red Stockings.

“He’s finishing in style, and you don’t see that very often,” said Claude Julien of Big Papi, who was sitting with numbers of .316 with 38 home runs and 127 RBI that border on the ridiculous at 40 years old. 

“A lot of times when people retire the game has caught up to them big time. Not him. He doesn’t seem to have missed a beat here. I’m pretty impressed with how he’s handled this year, and what he’s done. If I’m correct he just hit the home run last night for the game-winner.

“But as you know I was in Blue Jays land for about two weeks, so I had to keep a low profile. They were watching the Blue Jays and I’m Canadian too...but I was watching the Red Sox. So, it was healthy competition for our [World Cup] coaching staff.”

The most intriguing part about all is that the best is still yet to come for Ortiz in his farewell tour as he gets one more chance to clutch up in the postseason. It'll give Julien more to marvel at over the next few weeks while showing again why Big Papi will go down as the greatest clutch hitter in the history of Major League Baseball.