The Boston Celtic's And Rasheed Wallace Come to Motown

Paul FournierContributor IJanuary 20, 2010

ATLANTA - JANUARY 08:  Rasheed Wallace #30 of the Boston Celtics against the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena on January 8, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Tonight Rasheed Wallace return's to Auburn Hills with the Boston Celtics.

Wallace has played in 36 games for Boston and has averaged 24 minutes, 10 points, and 4.5 rebounds.

Wallace will start tonight due to Kevin Garnett sitting out with a sore knee, according to Boston's head coach, Doc Rivers. Rivers doesn't want Garnett to play till Friday against Portland.

It sends chills up my spine just thinking of Wallace wearing the Celtic Green and White—lasting bad memories of Larry Bird, Kevin McHale, and Robert Parrish. Yuck.

Boston has its new three-headed monster in Garnett, Paul Pierce, and Ray Allen.

Pierce has a sore knee but, played in the Lost Monday to Dallas and scored 24 points.

Allen scored 21 for Boston in that contest.

The Pistons haven't been able to get their big scorers healthy. "Rip" Hamilton sat out the game against the Knicks with the flu. Tayshaun Prince, Ben Gordon, and Will Bynum did not play in the last game due to injuries.

Prince's layoff is one with big questions. He was the Pistons' iron man so to speak.
He'd played all 82 games in six-straight seasons until this year. He's played in only nine games thus far.

In his rookie season he only played in 42 games.

Prince has also played in 118 playoff games.

Can he still be the Pistons' iron man?

With rookies Jones Jerebko and Austin Daye playing well, Tayshaun might be the odd man out.