The Pistons held a light shootaround at 10:30 this morning at Emerson College’s Piano Row Gymnasium, and everyone looked ready to go for Game 5 of the NBA Eastern Conference finals tonight at TD Banknorth Garden, where the Pistons last Thursday night handed the Celtics their first homecourt loss in the playoffs, 103-97.
In a year when such a premium has been placed on winning road games in these playoffs — and so many teams struggling to do so, including the Celtics — the Pistons, seemingly, have been the only team immune to road woes, having won four times already.
“We’ve had success at that over the years,” said Tayshaun Prince. “You have to have a certain type of focus on the road and really go out and try to take the crowd out of the game and really try to establish ourselves early.
“If we can do that, then we can establish ourselves late in the game and we’ve been able to do that,” Prince added. “A lot of people think that it’s due to experience, but I think our focus has been good out on the road and we’ve been able to steal some wins.”