Williams and Pierce are heading to the Eastern Conference Finals.
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Know Your Role
With Paul Pierce and Antoine Walker plagued by foul trouble for much of the fourth quarter, the role players kept the Celtics on top. Kenny Anderson and Rodney Rogers combined for 13 clutch points in the final stanza as Boston clinched a trip to the Eastern Conference Finals with a 90-81 win in Detroit on Tuesday. Boston will battle the winner of the Hornets-Nets series in the C's first trip to the Eastern Finals since 1988.
Delk delivers in the Crunch:
Budget Fastbreak: M. Curry
E.piphany of the Day: Atkins
From the postgame news conference:
"As (the Celtics series) moves on, our bench is going to become more of a factor. Guys are going to have to step forward and defend difficult matchups in order to stay on the floor. That's just a reality." -- Rick Carlisle, on the role of the Pistons' bench (Detroit Free Press)
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