Baynes probable for Sunday vs. Pistons

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Aron Baynes was unable to finish the Celtics' 105-102 loss at San Antonio on Friday night after taking a hard knee to the stomach.

However, team officials say the 6-foot-10 Baynes is probable for Sunday’s game at Detroit.

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His availability will be a huge factor for Boston (22-5) as they try to avoid back-to-back losses for the first time since they opened the season with back-to-back defeats at Cleveland and in the home opener against Milwaukee.

If Baynes is available to play, he will likely begin the game as the starting center, where he would be matched up against his former Pistons teammate, Andre Drummond.

When the two played on Nov. 27, Detroit came away with a 118-108 win.

Baynes is often inserted in the starting lineup to help better match up against teams with dominant centers such as Drummond. But against the Pistons, the Celtics opted to instead start Marcus Morris who had 13 points and five rebounds in 22 minutes.

Meanwhile, Baynes had six points and six rebounds off the bench in 12 minutes, 41 seconds.

And Drummond?

He beat up the Celtics all game, finishing with 26 points on 10-for-12 shooting (lots of lay-ups and dunks, of course) along with 22 rebounds – the most any player has had against Boston this season.

More Baynes against Drummond makes a lot of sense, not only because they have comparable size but also due to Baynes having proven himself to be one of the best defenders – not just among big men, but among all players – this season.

Baynes has a defensive rating of 91.5 which leads the NBA.

“That’s the game now,” Baynes recently told NBC Sports Boston. “You have to be able to guard different guys now. That’s what I try to do, stay in front of them, make them take tough shots. At the end of the day, taking pull-up two's and contesting it, that’s the best thing statistically for our defense.”

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