Boston Celtics defeat Detroit Pistons, 90-78

Say goodbye to them for a while.

You won't see the Detroit Pistons again for two-plus months at the earliest, and if that meeting does transpire, it promises to be a doozy of an Eastern Conference finals.

But until that possible (putative?) meeting in May, the Pistons will continue to go about their business, playing what, for now, is the second-best basketball in the conference and, according to records, the second-best basketball in the NBA. They have lost the season ...

The way Pistons All-Star guard Chauncey Billups sees it, there have been very regular regular-season games for his team this season and then there are the ones against their renewed rivals, the Celtics.

Tonight, the third and final regular-season matchup between the NBA Eastern Conference's top two teams takes place when the Pistons visit the TD Banknorth Garden. And with the first two intense and gritty games in mind, Billups is definitely looking forward to tonight.

A Celtics legend and a budding Celtics legend crossed paths in a hallway near the locker room late last night at TD Banknorth Garden. And while they were exchanging pleasantries, first-year Celtics forward Kevin Garnett received a compliment he surely will remember.

"I've always said you're my favorite player to watch," Bill Russell told him.

Russell's words came after Garnett scored a season-high 31 points during the Celtics' 90-78 victory over the Pistons in their ...