|Stud and Duds: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Pistons hold off Celtics||12.16.15 at 11:08 pm ET|
After the Pistons opened their first double-digit lead of the second half, Celtics coach Brad Stevens turned to his bench, but it wasn’t enough to counter Detroit’s Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Reggie Jackson, who combined 54 points in a 119-116 victory.
Once the Pistons built a 14-point, fourth-quarter lead — their largest of the night, Jonas Jerebko’s nine points on three straight 3-pointers helped the C’s cut the deficit to four. But before Jerebko’s final 3-pointer, Jackson converted three free throws on a questionable shooting foul that extended Detroit’s lead to seven. In the end, Jackson scored seven more points and Caldwell-Pope added four from the free-throw line in the final minutes for the Pistons.
Isaiah Thomas made a 3-pointer in the final seconds that cut the lead to 118-116. The Celtics fouled Jackson, who missed his second attempt, but with no timeouts remaining Jared Sullinger’s desperation heave from the opposite end of the floor sailed wide in the final 1.7 seconds.
Remarkably, the Celtics loss on the second night of a back-to-back on the road for just the first time in 11 games. Thomas scored a career-high 38 points, Sullinger added a double-double (17 points, 10 rebounds) and Tyler Zeller scored 12 off the bench. Caldwell-Pope netted a team-high 31 points, Jackson dropped 23 and Andre Dummond had a double-double (16 points, 12 rebounds) for the Pistons.
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|NBA Draft’s Potential Celtics: Georgia SG Kentavious Caldwell-Pope||06.13.13 at 3:31 am ET|
As part of WEEI.com’s coverage of the 2013 NBA draft, here is one in a series of profiles of players who could be available to the Celtics when they make their lone selection at No. 16.
Position: Shooting guard
Weight: 200 pounds
Achievements: SEC Player of the Year (2013), All-SEC first team (2013), SEC All-Freshman team (2012)
Key 2012-13 stats: 18.5 points, 7.0 rebounds, 2.0 steals
What he brings: Caldwell-Pope is an offensive threat due to his shooting ability. He averaged 21.8 points per 40 minutes and showed a great ability to knock down shots when coming off screens or spotting up. However, he also showed great athleticism and could finish at the rim against smaller defenders.
While Caldwell-Pope’s short wingspan leaves his defensive potential limited, he has shown the ability to be an effective wing defender, according to Draft Express’ scouting report. He is a strong defender in isolation, but he needs to improve some flaws in off-ball movement ‘ especially in pick-and-roll situations.
Notes: Caldwell-Pope was a bit inconsistent as a freshman but improved significantly as a sophomore in 2012-13. He is projected to be taken in the middle to late first round.
Video: Here’s a scouting video of Caldwell-Pope.
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