By Bill Burt
Bulletin board material
It was the first note on the bulletin board in the Celtics locker room, written by assistant coach Armond Hill, the team's official offensive coordinator.
"Offense: Fast break — easy hoops."
The second line read:
The Celtics followed the game plan as Rajon Rondo was off to the races (13 assists) and center Kendrick Perkins (18 points, 16 rebounds) and forward Kevin Garnett (33 points) were the focal point of the offense, especially in the first quarter.
Suds for Havlicek
Celtics legend John Havlicek has probably had a few celebratory beers at the Boston Garden. Last night, though, was no reason for celebrating.
A fan sitting next to him had his beer knocked over by an errant basketball thrown by Detroit's Richard Hamilton.
The beer splashed over a few fans, including Havlicek, who was seated in the front row.
Havlicek was a good sport and laughed off the suds on his pants.
Points in the paint
The Celtics dominated the low-post, outscoring the Pistons 36-18 close to the basket. In fact, just 3:09 into the game the Celts had 10 points in the paint compared to zero for the Pistons. Kendrick Perkins had eight of those points.
"I don't care. Ray can go ahead and hit. He can hit his shots or whatever. But we still had a chance to win with him hitting them shots," said Piston Rasheed Wallace when asked about Ray Allen's big night (29 points).
"We're good man. I mean, we can't get down like that again. That kills us. ... You can't do that against Boston, because they are just too good," said Pistons guard Rodney Stuckey when asked about his team's fourth-quarter comeback.
"I was going to provide energy for the team. I said I was going to be aggressive offensively. ... I know this opportunity doesn't come much," said Celts center Kendrick Perkins on his first quarter (8 points, 8 rebounds).