The Timberwolves were the only team without a victory against the Celtics during the KG era, but all good things come to an end as the Celtics dropped the ball tonight in Minnesota. Paul Pierce missed the game for personal reasons (reportedly not related to his ankle injury on Sunday) and this depleted Celtics roster was no match for the almost-equally-depleted Wolves roster. For a such a high scoring game (high scoring for a Celtics game at least) this was pretty tough to watch, and I wouldn’t blame you if you didn’t (thats why I’m here). Let’s get to the bullet points:
- Avery Bradley found his shot tonight finishing with 19 points on 8/14 shooting. Bradley hit an array of mid range jumpers and missed four of his five 3’s (I’m convinced he did this on purpose because Tom was, unfortunately, at the game). This was the only real positive takeaway from the night.
- Jeff Green had a rough night without Paul Pierce there to share the load. Green scored 10 points (5/10 shooting), grabbed seven boards, and dished out five assists (and five turnovers). Poor Jeff Green played 38 minutes, including the entire first half, after playing 35 the night before and looked (justifiably) gassed. Green has been playing stellar basketball lately and I’m not going to hold tonight against him.
- In the gripping battle between Chris Wilcox and Shavlik Randolph for minutes, Shavlik edged out Wilcox with eight points and two rebounds in 20 minutes despite Wilcox getting the start. Wilcox had four points and six rebounds in 12 minutes, but both big men were in foul trouble throughout the game and got ravaged on the defensive end. D.J. White only played four minutes.
- Jason Terry had a solid night with 14 points on 4/8 shooting. He didn’t blow me away (I’m not even sure if he could at this point) but Terry appears to be trending in the right direction.
- Terrence Williams had a nice little game for himself with 14 points (6/10 shooting) six rebounds and five assists (and no turnovers!). He messed up a few defensive rotations (and got chewed out by Doc) but he wasn’t alone in his defensive struggles.
You might not know it but the Celtics shot 52% tonight. Unfortunately they allowed the Wolves to shoot 48%, score 62(!!!) points in the paint, and shoot twice as many free throws (27 to the Celtics’ 14). Nikola Pekovic did the brunt of the damage for the Wolves inside, scoring 29 points including 11-11 from the line (and he earned those free throws). To the surprise of no one, the Celtics interior defense is a giant mess without Kevin Garnett. Garnett traveled with the team to Minnesota and while I don’t expect him to make an early return, he is “feeling a lot better” according to Rivers.
The Celtics will take on the Pistons and their enormous Drummond-Monroe frontcourt Wednesday.
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