Trans. Mar 10 9:15 ET (Mar 10 9:15 ET ) BOSTON - You're more likely to remember Rasheed Wallace rocking inside-out sweat pants and a workout shirt. He hasn't given up that look entirely, but the now retired 16-year vet - one with the Celtics - finds himself in a fancy suit and a front row seat to each and every Detroit Pistons game. Sheed is now an assistant coach - if you can believe that - and having a positive effect on the Pistons bigs. "He's a great vet," Greg Monroe said.
BOSTON Although Celtics head coach Brad Stevens at times will downplay the role analytics data plays in how he goes about doing his job, it is nonetheless a tool he will use.But when it comes to the Detroit Pistons, crunching numbers is not required in assessing why they have given the Celtics fits this season."They're big," Stevens said.Especially along the frontcourt with 6-foot-9 Josh Smith and a pair of twin towers in Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond who are 6-11 and 7-feet, respectively.Now Detroit is even bigger with 6-8 Kyle Singler starting at shooting guard. ...
Greg Monroe stayed hot vs. the Celtics, finishing Sunday's road loss with 22 points (8-of-15 FGs, 6-of-7 FTs), 14 rebounds, four assists, one steal and one block.
The Scoop:Monroe has topped 20 points in three straight games, recovering nicely from a miniature shooting slump, but his efficient play hasn't earned Detroit any wins -- they've now dropped 10 of their last 12 games and remain three games out of the playoff picture.
Kevin Love had 28 points, 14 rebounds and five assists, and the Minnesota Timberwolves outlasted the Detroit Pistons for a 114-101 victory Friday night. Kevin Martin scored 24 points and Ricky Rubio added 11 points, nine assists and eight rebounds for the Timberwolves, who are trying to mount a push for the Western Conference playoffs. Greg Monroe had 20 points and 15 rebounds, and Will Bynum scored all 17 of his points in the fourth quarter for the Pistons. But Detroit shot 40 percent and lost for the ninth time in 11 games.
Greg Monroe was effective against the Bulls on Wednesday with 27 points on 12-of-20 from the field with seven boards, five assists and two steals in 44 minutes.
The Scoop:The Bulls have been fantastic on interior defense lately, allowing the fewest makes in the restricted area over the last 10 games. Monroe has led the NBA for makes in the restricted area previously in his career and it's been his bread and butter, so tonight's game might have been one of his strongest of the season. He'll look to carry the momentum in an easier matchup vs. the Wolves on Friday.