Boston wins ECF Game 1 versus Detroit
The home dominance of the Boston Celtics continues as they are now 9-0 at home and 0-6 on the road in the 2007-2008 Playoffs. The Detroit Pistons looked like a team that had a few too many days off, while the Boston Celtics did not look fatigued but instead in a flow from their Game 7 victory over Cleveland in the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals.
Despite being a solid, road-tested playoff team, the Detroit Pistons shoot a lot of jump shots. In Game 1 against Boston they had an even tougher time getting to the basket, but they at least managed to pick up 6 more foul shots than the Celtics.
Kevin Garnett really imposed his will on Rasheed Wallace on both ends of the floor, putting up 26 points 9 rebounds 4 assists 2 blocks on a spectacular 11 / 17 performance from the field. In earlier games (notably on the road), Garnett seemed tentative to be aggressive attacking the rim instead of taking jump shots. After his 40 point performance, Paul Pierce had a solid night with 22 points on 50% shooting but missed all four threes he took. Ray Allen continues to struggle with his shot, shooting 3 / 10 with nary a three pointer. Doc Rivers continues to play him 40 minutes a game but it seems to be too much of a liability offensively even if he is performing well on defense.
Rajon Rondo fought Chauncey Billups all night long, recording 5 steals and holding Chauncey to just 9 points. But Billups only has 6 attempts shooting so his right hamstring is probably still an issue.
With Chauncey just coming back it was clear from the start that it was going to take some time for the Pistons to get their chemistry back. Besides Rasheed's matchup against KG, none of the Pistons played particularly bad and the game was close in the 4th quarter. Still, expect Detroit to bounce back and play a much more competitive Game 2. While home court has proved vital in the playoffs thus far, expect a few surprising road wins in this series.