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Game 4: Celtics at Pistons

Posted by Gary Dzen, Boston.com Staff  November 2, 2010 04:28 PM

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jobaby.jpgTip-off: 7:30 p.m.
Records: Celtics (2-1), Pistons (0-3)
Broadcast info: CSN, WEEI
Projected starters:

Celtics:
PG: Rajon Rondo
SG: Ray Allen
SF: Paul Pierce
PF: Kevin Garnett
C: Jermaine O'Neal


Pistons:
PG: Rodney Stuckey
SG: Richard Hamilton
SF: Tayshaun Prince
PF: Austin Daye
C: Ben Wallace

Storylines:
Middle men: Shaquille O'Neal did not make the trip to Detroit, leaving the Celtics without the starting center they've used for the first three games. Jermaine O'Neal (left) is expected to start, while Glen Davis, who leads the team in field goals, should see even more action off the bench. Semih Erden could also see his first action in a regular-season NBA game. It may seem like a bad thing that the Celtics are shorthanded, but now's the time to work through it. Why not see what Erden can give you in November?

Rip vs. Ray: The two former UConn products have made a nice living coming off screens and burying jump shots for some very good teams. Allen has more range and a more versatile game, while Hamilton is probably the better route runner. Both of them are incredibly fun to watch off the ball.

Plenty of rest: The Celtics haven't played since Friday night. The Pistons are 0-3. This is the first night of a back-to-back for the Celtics. They can be tired tomorrow, but they shouldn't be tired tonight. Shorthanded or not, this is a game they should handle.

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