Boston Celtics

The self-described ‘Bench With Attitude’ was a whole lot for the Boston Celtics in the club’s Saturday night victory over the Detroit Pistons. In fact, they were pretty much the entire show in a 109-89 performance.

On a night that saw the Celtics’ trifecta of Kyrie Irving, Jayson Tatum, and Al Horford combine for just 13 points on a 5-for-22 shooting night, it was the Terry Rozier-Marcus Morris-Daniel Theis trio that lifted them up with a combined 49 points off the Boston bench.

In fact, the Celtics led for all but the opening four minutes of this game, and truly appeared to toy with the Pistons throughout the night, at one point leading by 29 points.

As for his quiet offensive night, Irving is simply operating with a ‘Be Cool’ philosophy this season.

“It’s a learning experience for me dealing with what the expectations usually are for myself,” Irving said. “Even with my family, like, everyone’s used to me scoring this amount of points or doing this at a certain standard. And so am I. But at the same time the importance is us winning games and getting to the Finals.

“So that’s where it is.”

Pistons star Blake Griffin, meanwhile, entered this play as perhaps the league’s hottest shooter not named Steph Curry, but was held to just seven points on a 2-for-13 (0-for-4 from deep) night from the field.

The Celtics will return to Boston for a Tuesday night rematch with Griffin and the Pistons.