Welcome to the Palace at Auburn Hills or KG-Villanueva II. The Celtics are relatively healthy besides rookie center Semih Erden, who is out with a flu that is worsening. The Celtics also received a break when Rodney Stuckey was declared out with a stomach virus; he usually gives Boston fits. He averaged 20 points, 7 rebounds, and 6 assists in two meetings vs. the Celtics last season.
Tracy McGrady will start in the place of Stuckey.
Celtics coach Doc Rivers would not officially say Rajon Rondo would play Friday against New Orelans but he didn’t say he wouldn’t either. So expect it to be a game-time decision.
BOSTON CELTICS (24-5)
PG Nate Robinson
SG Ray Allen
SF Paul Pierce
PF Kevin Garnett
C Shaquille O’Neal
DETROIT PISTONS (10-21)
PG Tracy McGrady (Scored 32 points over 2-game stretch and then 2 pts. at Charlotte)
SG Ben Gordon (25 for 65 from the field in the past five games)
SF Tayshaun Prince (Scored 34 points in past 2 games but had just 6 rebounds)
PF Charlie Villanueva (Making his fifth start of the season)
C Ben Wallace (Has made 1 shot in the past five games)