C's last home game for a while is a must-win


C's last home game for a while is a must-win

WALTHAM It's been a while since the Detroit Pistons coming to the TD Garden might be considered a big game.

But for the Boston Celtics Wednesday night?


After Wednesday's game against the Pistons, Boston (14-12), the Celtics won't play again before their fans in Boston until Feb. 29 against Milwaukee.

Between now and then, the Celtics will play four games in addition to the All-Star break.

After what has been a roller coaster of a season at home (the Celtics are now 11-7 at home), the C's would love nothing more than to continue building on the 5-1 record they have during this current homestead.

Paul Pierce is well aware that a win over Detroit will go far in providing an added boost of confidence as the Celtics hit the road for nearly two weeks.

"This is big," Pierce said of Wednesday's game against the Pistons, who are 8-22 after losing to San Antonio, 99-95, Tuesday night in Detroit. "Gotta take care of that last home game before you hit the road. You know how important that is, to gather some momentum going on the road. You gotta take care of business."

Especially against a Detroit team has spent most of the season near the bottom of the NBA standings. Despite their record, though, the Pistons have won four of their last six games.

What's the catch?

All four of those wins were against teams with a below-.500 record.

Meanwhile, the C's are coming off a huge 95-91 win over a Derrick Rose-less Chicago Bulls team.

Known as the Truth, Pierce doesn't mince words when asked about Wednesday's game against the Pistons.

"This is a game that we should win," Pierce said. "Detroit hasn't been playing well lately. So we just have to take care of business."

Brady, Harbaugh found common ground on plane ride back from Michigan


Brady, Harbaugh found common ground on plane ride back from Michigan

FOXBORO -- What could have been an awkward plane ride for Tom Brady and John Harbaugh was made less so thanks to a high school lacrosse player. 

Brady and Harbaugh shared a private plane back from Michigan where Jim Harbaugh and his University of Michigan program put on an event for National Signing Day. About a year earlier, Brady told a room full of reporters that Harbaugh and his coaching staff should study the rule book and "figure it out" after hearing that they were pretty upset about the unusual formations the Patriots ran during their AFC Divisional Round win over Baltimore. 

They may not have been on the best of terms.

"I was pissed off," he told ESPN's Ian O'Connor before the start of this season. "It was uncalled for. And the rules are deeper than that, and I know the rules, and I stand by why that play shouldn't have been allowed. ... So yeah, that should never have been said."

But on the flight was Harbaugh's daughter Alison, a high school lacrosse player. When Brady took some time to share a few thoughts on competitiveness with her, he and Harbaugh found common ground.

"We had a lot of fun," Harbaugh said of the flight. "I don't know if he's talked about that at all, but we ended up sharing a plane ride along with my daughter and a couple of his people, friends of his. We just had a chance to just talk for a couple hours. And really more than anything, Alison got a chance to listen to Tom Brady talk about competing and what it takes to be great at what you do.

"And one of the funny things about it was, he was so nice to her. He gets off and they go, and we get back on the plane and we're talking, and she says something like, 'Boy, Tom really is a nice guy.' And I look at here and go, 'Tom?' I'm thinking 'Mr. Brady' would have been more appropriate. She said, 'He said to call me Tom.' I got a kick out of that.

"It was good. Lot of respect for him and a lot of respect for what he's accomplished. He's very tough to compete against. The best quarterback that's played, certainly in this era, without question in my mind. That's how I would rank him. And it's just another tough challenge to have to play against him."

Lowry, Sullinger and Blount interrupt interview with DeRozan

Lowry, Sullinger and Blount interrupt interview with DeRozan

DeMar DeRozan didn't get a chance to answer one question in his postgame interview before being interrupted by Kyle Lowry, Jared Sullinger, and LeGarrette Blount.