The Detroit Pistons had a poor record for players


Both the Boston Celtics and the Detroit Pistons entered Monday’s contest battered by injuries.
But one team had superior depth, and the gap between the two rosters became more pronounced as the game progressed.
The Celtics — the NBA’s best team at 54-14 overall, with a dominating 31-3 record at home — trounced the Pistons at TD Garden, 119-94.
Detroit entered the game down four rotation players, including Cade Cunningham (left knee injury management) and Simone Fontecchio (left great toe contusion).
Ausar Thompson and Quentin Grimes remained in street clothes and were joined by Isaiah Stewart (right hamstring soreness) after the first half.
Boston was also shorthanded.
Superstar forward Jayson Tatum (right ankle impingement) didn’t play.
Nor did Jrue Holiday or Al Horford (Grand Ledge).
It didn’t matter, as a hot performance from 3 put the game away by the end of the third quarter.
THE GOOD OLD DAYS:Pistons’ 2004 NBA championship team still one big family: ‘It will never die’The Celtics knocked down 20 of their 46 3-point attempts, with Derrick White (22 points, 10 assists, 10 rebounds, 6-for-12 from 3) and Kristaps Porzingis (20 points, eight rebounds, 5-for-9 from 3) leading the way.
Jaylen Brown led all scorers with 31 points.
Jaden Ivey led the Pistons with 21 points.
Detroit was outscored by 36 points behind the 3-point line, as they hit just eight of their 28 attempts.
Taj Gibson made his debut with the team in the first quarter and started the second half in place of Isaiah Stewart, becoming a franchise-record 28th player to check into a game for the Pistons this season.
Injuries mounting for PistonsThe Pistons have been cautious with Cunningham’s left knee ever since the guard injured it in the first half against the Denver Nuggets on Jan. 7.
The injury initially cost him eight games, and since then, he has sat out three additional games, each as part of a back-to-back.
After logging 32 minutes against the Miami Heat on Sunday, Cunningham had the night off against the Celtics.
Stewart joined Cunningham on the “out” list in the second half, becoming Detroit’s fifth player in street clothes.
It’s unclear when Fontecchio, Grimes and Thompson will return — Fontecchio wasn’t on Sunday’s injury report, and the team hasn’t provided timelines for the other two.
Thompson missed his fifth game in a row, his fourth due to an unnamed illness after missing the initial game with asthma-related difficulties.
It was Grimes’ third straight absence and seventh in nine games.
His knee soreness also delayed his debut after arriving from the New York Knicks at the trade deadline, and he played four games before the team shut him down again.
White leads Celtics’ 3-point barrageThe Pistons struggled to locate shooters and failed to consistently close out.
The Celtics capitalized.
White led a hot night from 3 for Boston, accounting for five of the team’s 11 makes (on 23 attempts) in the first half.
The Pistons shot just 4-for-16 on 3s, yet was still within 13 at halftime despite a 21-point difference in 3-pointers.
Back-to-back 3s by Brown and White midway through the second pushed Boston’s lead to double digits for good, 50-37.
Detroit couldn’t buy a basket as the Celtics splashed shot after shot from deep — Fournier was responsible for the team’s lone make of the second quarter, although he missed five of his six attempts.
His teammates went 0-for-3.
Detroit’s fortunes didn’t improve in the second half, shooting 2-for-8 beyond the arc as the Celtics built a 26-point lead by the end of the third.
White and Porzingis combined for 11 3-point makes on 21 attempts, exceeding Detroit’s total of eight all by themselves.
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Injuries plagued both the Boston Celtics and the Detroit Pistons going into their game on Monday. However, one squad had better depth than the other, and as the game went on, the difference between the two rosters grew more noticeable.

The Pistons were defeated 119-94 by the Celtics, who are currently the best team in the NBA with an overall record of 54-14 and a resounding 31-3 at home. Three rotation players for Detroit were sidelined going into the game: Simone Fontecchio (left great toe contusion) and Cade Cunningham (left knee injury management). Following the half, Isaiah Stewart (right hamstring soreness) joined Ausar Thompson and Quentin Grimes, who were still wearing street clothes.

Boston was likewise lacking in personnel. Illness to his right ankle prevented superstar forward Jayson Tatum from participating. Neither did Grand Ledge’s Al Horford nor Jrue Holiday. Nevertheless, by the end of the third quarter, a scorching performance from 3 had sealed the victory.

“It will never die.” The Pistons, who won the 2004 NBA championship, remain a single, extended family.

20 of the Celtics’ 46 3-point attempts were made, with Kristaps Porzingis (20 points, 8 rebounds, 5 for-9 from three) and Derrick White (22 points, 10 assists, 10 rebounds, 6-for-12 from three) leading the way. With thirty-one points, Jaylen Brown was the top scorer.

Jaden Ivey scored 21 points to lead the Pistons. Detroit made only eight of their twenty-eight 3-point attempts, allowing them to be outscored by 36 points. Taj Gibson, who became the 28th player in franchise history to check into a game for the Pistons this season, made his debut with the team in the first quarter and took over for Isaiah Stewart to start the second half.

Pistons’ injury toll is rising.

Since Cunningham’s left knee injury during the first half of the Pistons’ game against the Denver Nuggets in January, the team has been cautious. 7. He missed eight games due to the injury at first, and three more back-to-back games have since been missed.

Cunningham rested for Sunday’s game against the Miami Heat, having played 32 minutes the previous night.

In the second half, Stewart became Detroit’s fifth player in street clothes, joining Cunningham on the “out” list. Grimes, Thompson, and Fontecchio’s return dates are unknown; Fontecchio was not listed on Sunday’s injury report, and the team has not given a timetable for the other two.

After missing the first game due to asthma-related issues, Thompson missed his fifth straight game, the fourth of which was attributed to an unidentified illness. Grimes had missed his seventh game in nine and third consecutive one. After being acquired from the New York Knicks at the trade deadline, his knee discomfort further postponed his debut. He only managed to play four games before the team once more shut him down.

Leading the Celtics’ 3-point assault is White.

The Pistons were not very good at closing out and had trouble finding shooters. The Celtics made the most of it. White scored five of Boston’s eleven baskets (on 23 attempts) in the first half, capping a scorching night from three for the team. The Pistons had a 21-point deficit in 3-pointers at the half, but they were still within 13 thanks to their dismal 4-for-16 3-point shooting.

Halfway through the second quarter, back-to-back 3-pointers from Brown and White extended Boston’s lead to double digits, 50-37. The Celtics made basket after basket from beyond the arc, and Detroit was unable to generate any kind of offense. Fournier, who attempted six shots but missed five of them, scored the team’s only basket of the second quarter. His teammates did not score any points.

The Celtics grew their lead to 26 points by the end of the third quarter, and Detroit’s luck did not get any better in the second half, going just 2 for 8 from beyond the arc. Together, White and Porzingis made 11 3-pointers out of 21 attempts, which is more than Detroit’s eight made by each player alone.

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