12/30/2011 10:06 am ET

Pistons-Celtics Preview

The Boston Celtics continue to flounder without Paul Pierce.

The Celtics will be trying to avoid their worst start in 42 years Friday night in their home opener against the Detroit Pistons in a matchup of winless teams.

Boston (0-3) last dropped its first four games in the 1969-70 season. There’s no word on a possible return for Pierce, who is out with a bone bruise in his right heel and has barely practiced in preparation for this season.