Detroit was led by Monroe’s 24 points and 17 rebounds, but the Pistons didn’t help their own cause with 17 turnovers and 36.6 percent shooting from the floor.
The Pistons missed 20 of their 24 shots from beyond the arc.
Rivers joked that the ghost of Celtics patriarch Red Auerbach was in the building, helping Detroit miss so many open looks, from Knight’s layup to seemingly countless others.
With a playoff berth guaranteed, do the Celtics look at the standings, perhaps to eye their first-round foe?
“Where do you want to look at, New York or Indiana? There’s only two,” Terry said.
So, the Celtics don’t think they could fall to the eighth seed, setting up a first-round date with Miami?
“I don’t see it,” Terry said. “If somebody else does, that’s on them.”
The Celtics will make another postseason run, and they fittingly earned that right on a night when everything didn’t go as planned, when nothing seemed to come easy – just like their season.