AUBURN HILLS – The Boston Celtics’ recent roller-coaster ride of results has taken another downward dip. That’s the same trend they’ve been on against the Detroit Pistons lately.
The streaky Celtics look to get back on track Sunday night when they visit a Detroit team playing for the first time since its trip to London.
After losing four straight Dec. 27-Jan. 2, Boston won six in a row. The Celtics (20-19), however, have since suffered back-to-back losses at home – the latest coming when Marco Belinelli made an off-balance fadeaway with 3.1 seconds left to give Chicago a 100-99 overtime victory Friday.
“I didn’t think we played very well,” coach Doc Rivers said. “I didn’t think we played very smart. We hung in there, which is a good sign.”
Boston will try for its third straight road victory Sunday, but recent history suggests it won’t come easy. The Pistons (14-25) have won three in a row at home against the Celtics by an average of 15.7 points, and they’ve taken three in a row in the series overall.