Pistons cruise by Celtics, 98-88

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Pistons cruise by Celtics, 98-88

BOSTON Kevin Garnett or no Kevin Garnett, losing at home to the Detroit Pistons -- the '12 Pistons, not the '04 or '05 title-contending Pistons -- should not have happened.

Now, as the Boston Celtics gear up for a tough road trip -- easily their toughest stretch of games this year -- they do so on a sour note following a 98-88 home loss to the Detroit Pistons.

In a relatively close game for three quarters, with neither team leading by more than seven points, the Pistons (9-22) began to open the game up in the fourth quarter behind the long range shooting of former UConn star Ben Gordon.

Although it was Rodney Stuckey who carried Detroit with a team-high 25 points, it was Gordon's clutch shooting in the fourth that positioned the Pistons for the upset.

He finished with 22 points, 12 of which came in the fourth.

It came on a night when Rajon Rondo was on another level -- a level no one donning a white and green jersey could reach.

Rondo finished with a career-high 35 points, six assists and five rebounds.

Garnett wasn't the only member of the Big Three missing, although his absence was due to a hip flexor injury that makes his status questionable for Thursday's game at Chicago.

Paul Pierce had no such excuse for his 10-point performance on 3-for-11 shooting from the field. Ray Allen wasn't much better, as he finished with 10 points, which included him missing four of his five field goal attempts.

With the loss, the Celtics don't have any time to dwell on yet another disappointing performance, not with their road trip kicking off Thursday night against the best team in the East, the Chicago Bulls.

Patriots-Rams inactives: Slater, Coleman, Richards out

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Patriots-Rams inactives: Slater, Coleman, Richards out

FOXBORO -- The inactive lists for today's Patriots-Rams game:

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS
S Jordan Richards
WR Matthew Slater
DL Woodrow Hamilton
RB D.J. Foster
T LaAdrian Waddle
DL Darius Kilgo
CB Justin Coleman

PATRIOTS-RAMS PREGAME

LOS ANGELES RAMS
WR Tavon Austin
DE Robert Quinn
QB Sean Mannion
TE Temarrick Hemingway
OL Rodger Saffold
DB Steve Williams
OL Pace Murphy

Sunday Dec. 4: Zacha adjusting to life in the NHL

Sunday Dec. 4: Zacha adjusting to life in the NHL

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while marveling at the Bruins setting a franchise record this season for fewest practices in a regular season. Thanks compacted schedule due to the World Cup!

*Pavel Zacha is adjusting to life as a rookie in the NHL with the New Jersey Devils, and things are getting better as they go along.

*Manitoba Moose players relive their favorite Star Wars moments prior to the team holding their Star Wars Night.

*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Elliotte Friedman sits down with new Florida Panthers head coach Tom Rowe to discuss the massive changes in that organization with the firing of Gerard Gallant.

*Good for Anders Nilson putting a rainbow decal on the back of his goalie to mask to support some gay friends that have faced public resistance in their lives.

*Bruce Garrioch has his weekly NHL notes with several players, including Flyers defenseman Andrew MacDonald, potentially on the trade block if anybody wants them.

*PHT writer Cam Tucker has Colorado Avalanche defenseman Erik Johnson suffering a broken leg that will keep him out 6-8 weeks.

*There was no blood for the Vancouver Canucks fans, but there was still plenty of drama in a win over the Maple Leafs.

*For something completely different: The World Baseball Classic works for everybody except for Major League Baseball, and that would appear to be a problem.