Tuesday , May , 27 , 2008 C.Y. Ellis

Pistons Tie Series at Home

Detroit came out of the gate with a purpose, to even up the series up at two after their disappointing loss at home on Saturday. It wasn’t Rasheed Wallace, or Chauncey Billups that controlled Detroit’s fate in Game Four, it was the one man on the Pistons who wants it more than anyone on the team, Antonio McDyess .

McDyess, the unlikely hero, has been playing with a purpose and from his game Monday evening, it showed in more ways than one. Dyess, who played with more energy than anyone in the building, had his best game of this playoff season putting up 21 points and grabbing 16 boards  and a blocked shot for the Pistons in their  94-75 victory at The Palace of Auburn Hills.

McDyess, who is coming up on the end of his career, has yet to win a ring, but has been very close as a part of this Detroit team. On Monday night, he played like a champion.

The Pistons got off to a quick start striking first by going on a 10 – 0 run to start the game, but the Celtics did their best to take it to the Pistons.  No matter how much the Pistons tried to pull away, the Celtics just wouldn’t let them. Though playing probably the best half of this series, Detroit was up just 4 at the half.  Detroit went on a 11-2 run to start the second, but the Celtics were still in the ball game. 

Boston remained in the game because of their foul shooting,  they made 17 of 20 free throws in the first half, more than doubling Detroit’s just 9 attempts at the stripe. And their luck getting to the stripe didn’t end in the first half either, Boston made 32 of 39 free throw attempts on the night. The Big Thee didn’t have much luck elsewhere either. Paul Pierce went 3-for-14, Ray Allen went 2-for-8 and Kevin Garnett was 6-for-16 on the night.

While McDyess led the team, Rip Hamilton added 20 points, Rasheed Wallace put up 14 and Jason Maxiell was the Pistons spark off the bench giving the crowd the play of the night courtesy of a nasty rejection from behind on Kevin Garnett.

Chauncey Billups struggled for the second straight game going just 3-for-12 for 10 points,  but his biggest shot, and Detroit’s only three of the night,  came late in the game and was likely the shot that put the Celtics to bed for the night.

Don’t let the score fool you, this game was within reach for the Celtics, who were down just four points with less than five minutes to play. The Series moves back to Boston for a very important game five on Wednesday. Knotted up two all, game five may be the most important game of this series. Again we wait.