Stud of the Night Antonio McDyess might be the forgotten member of the Pistons starting lineup, but the Celtics won't soon forget what he did to them on Memorial Day 2008. The veteran power forward turned back the clock with game highs of 21 points and 16 boards as the Pistons evened up the Eastern finals at 2-all. McDyess pumped in eight points to help Detroit sprint to a 10-0 lead, and wound up hitting 8-of-14 shots on the night. It was his biggest postseason performance in probably a decade.
Dud of the Night Boston's Big Three of Kevin Garnett(right), Paul Pierce and Ray Allen combined for just 43 points on 11-of-38 shooting. Frustrated by a desperate Pistons team defense that fed off its raucous Palace crowd, they just couldn't get anything easy all night. They combined to miss their first seven shots, enabling Detroit to sprint to an early 16-4 lead. "Offensively we never got into it from the beginning of the game," Garnett said.
Play of the Game With the Pistons leading 19-10 late in the first quarter, Pistons reserve forward Jason Maxiell chased down Garnett from behind on a fast break and made an incredible flying block to deny KG's dunk attempt at the rim. Garnett actually appeared surprised as he looked back to see Maxiell flying in and hammering the ball. The play, which drew loud cheers when shown twice on the scoreboard, summed up the defensive effort for the Pistons on this night.
Courtside Confidential Once again Detroit was home to a huge sports night, as the city also hosted Game 2 of the Stanley Cup finals. The Red Wings defeated the Penguins 3-0 at Joe Louis Arena downtown. The Palace crowd cheered loudly when the final score was shown on the overhead board. ... Unlike in Game 3, there was no T-shirt giveaway for Palace fans Monday night. Apparently the Pistons wanted to change the mojo after that 14-point loss.
What's Next? The series now shifts to Boston for Wednesday night's Game 5, where the Celtics have been all but unbeatable this postseason. The good news for Detroit is that it managed to pull out a 103-97 victory there in Game 2. The Pistons also have a little momentum again. But the Celtics have to feel confident that their Big Three will get untracked on their home floor.
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