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W2W4: C's vs. Pistons (Game 16 of 82)

The Boston Celtics (4-11, 2-7 home) host the Detroit Pistons (3-15, 1-7 away) on Wednesday night at TD Garden (7:30 p.m., CSN). Here's what to watch for:

Someone's gotta win! Wednesday's tilt features two teams desperate for a win. The Celtics have lost five straight and eight of their last nine, while the Pistons have dropped nine in a row. What's more, Boston has lost six straight at home, its longest losing streak since the forgettable 2006-07 season. Both teams are coming off losses on Tuesday as the Celtics kicked away a 23-point lead in Atlanta, while Detroit fell to the Lakers (who visit Boston on Friday night). Despondent Celtics fans might shortcircuit if Boston gives up another fourth-quarter lead.

Pistons in focus: Here's what Stan Van Gundy is working with in Detroit this year: The Pistons rank 28th in offensive rating (96.8 points per 100 possessions) and 20th in defensive rating (105.2). That minus-8.4 differential is the third worst mark in the league (behind only the Timberwolves and winless 76ers). What does Detroit do well? Ummm, well, errr ... they are ninth in turnover percentage, so they've got that going for them. Detroit is 29th in assist ratio and dead last in true shooting percentage. Detroit's woeful offense left Van Gundy opining, "Offensively, we just continue to be awful. We're really messed up right now as a team."

Loose Balls: Rajon Rondo will be playing in his first back-to-back since returning from an ACL tear. Nearly 11 months since returning to game action, he downplayed any concerns about playing consecutive nights. ... Brad Stevens has often rotated the 10th player in his rotation. On Tuesday, it was Gerald Wallace, whose stat line was all zeroes beyond 2 turnovers and 2 fouls in 12 minutes. He was minus-5 in plus/minus. Celtics might be better off hoping Phil Pressey can infuse some pace and offense, particularly early in the fourth quarter before Rondo returns, in that spot. ... The downside to playing a team on a long losing streak: Even a Boston win will be dismissed as coming against a weak opponent. Alas, beggars can't be choosers at this point. ... Rajon Rondo's updated fourth-quarter stat line this season: 108 minutes, 8-of-33 shooting (team-worst 24.2 percent), 32 assists, 13 turnovers, 5 blocked attempts, minus-50 in plus/minus. We'll say it again, Boston's issues are a team issue and not on Rondo, but they need more from their captain in the final frame.

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