Celtics hand Pistons their first loss of the season

JR Smooth

JR Smooth

Cavaliers All-Star power forward Kevin Love is experiencing some lingering soreness in his left foot.

"I think you're always trying to get better down the stretch", Griffin said. But his 13 points couldn't keep the PIstons close as Boston shot 50 percent overall before intermission and 56.3 percent from long range.

The Celtics looked sharp in the first quarter, which concluded with the visitors holding a 30-21 lead.

Last season, the Cavaliers went 3-1 against Detroit, demolishing the Pistons in their first game in the new arena and outscoring them by an average of 14.0 points in the four-game set.

Back-to-back games against the preseason favorite in the Eastern Conference should tell the unbeaten Detroit Pistons how good they really are. "His status will be updated as appropriate prior to Saturday night's game in Cleveland".

"These are big growing pains and we need to get through these", he said.

The Young Bull fared better from the field, connecting on 6-of-10 attempts and adding three boards and an assist. "One game doesn't make a season".

Griffin ranked second among the NBA's scoring leaders at 33.8 points per game heading into Friday's action after posting 26 points against the Cavaliers. The Pistons led the Cavaliers throughout the second half but couldn't pull away. "We've also gotten wins and we'll take them".

Boston hit seven of its first 10 3-pointers in the third quarter to trim Oklahoma City's lead to 70-64. Reggie Jackson added 16 points for the Pistons.

"He probably wanted to play here", Stevens said.

In three games, Smith has tallied 11, 15 and 21 points - shooting 59 percent from the floor and 55 percent from beyond the arc. "He still tries to race people off the bus after a hamstring injury". Kevin Love has been brutal to start, and there's not much behind him on the roster. He'll be able to give both forwards a fit with his drives to the rim, even if he's not blowing past players how he used to.

Pistons guard Luke Kennard will have an MRI on his right shoulder today after he was injured late in the first half of Detroit's win over the Cavaliers last night.

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