The Boston Celtics have done everything right at home throughout the playoffs and nothing right on the road. So Game Two in Boston against the Pistons should be a mere formality as they look for their 10th straight win.
The big three were up to their old tricks as Paul Pierce, Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett paced the C's by scoring 75 points between them and Ray Allen came out of his shooting slump to pour in 25, his best game in three months. So the Celtics won the game, right?
The Detroit Pistons matched the C's big three with the big six, as in Detroit had six players score 13 or more points, as the Pistons won 103-97. Unusual because Boston only allows 81 points per game at home and holds opponents to 39% shooting from the field.
So does this mean the Celtics are done? They haven't won a single game on the road and Detroit seems to have the more consistent team. I know it's only one game but the Pistons had an opportunity to take Game One even though they came out sluggish.
Richard Hamilton led the Pistons with 25 points and Chauncey Billups looked more agile with 19 points and seven assists. The big surprise and possible spark plug was the play from rookie back up point guard Rodney Stuckey. The 15th overall pick from Eastern Washington added 13 points off the bench in 17 minutes of play.
Now the series shifts to Detroit where they have only lost one game and they now force Boston to try and steal one on the road. The key for the Celtics is to find a way to stop Rip Hamilton and company from getting into to lane for easy baskets.
This will no doubt be an uphill battle for the Celtics and the big three.