Boston Celtics defeat Detroit Pistons, 109-86

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Considering the characters and malcontents on the 1996-97 Portland Trail Blazers, the team he broke in with as a 17-year-old, it’s a wonder that Jermaine O’Neal is still here, sitting at the gym at Detroit Country Day High School, reflecting on his 15-year career.

The plethora of questionable influences in that locker room — Isaiah Rider, a young Rasheed Wallace, Kenny Anderson, Dontonio Wingfield, Rumeal Robinson — easily could have stunted O’Neal...

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — As if Richard Hamilton (foot), Chris Wilcox (hamstring), Will Bynum (hamstring), Jonas Jerebko (Achilles’ tendon), and Terrico White (foot) weren’t enough, the Celtics last night gave the Pistons reason enough to add another name to their injured list: Austin Daye (self esteem).

Yes, he was the 15th pick in the 2009 draft. Yes, he shot the 3-ball so well in the preseason Pistons coach John Kuester gave the 22-year-old the starting power forward job...