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Game 51/66: Celtics (28-22) @ Timberwolves (25-27) Open Thread

 

(Written by Michael Pina)

Boston @ Minnesota
Target Center
8:00 PM
CSNNE

Offensive Efficiency
Boston: 100.5 points/100 possessions (26th)
Minnesota: 105.2 points/100 possessions (12th)

Defensive Efficiency
Boston:
99.4 points allowed/100 possessions (3rd)
Minnesota: 105.0 points allowed/100 possessions (17th)

Probable Minnesota starters: Luke Ridnour (PG), Martell Webster (SG), Wesley Johnson (SF), Derrick Williams (PF), Kevin Love (C)

View From The Opposing Bench: A Wolf Among Wolves

Thumbnail: Since July 31, 2007, the Boston Celtics have faced the Minnesota Timberwolves eight times. July 31st, of course, was the fateful day these two teams participated in one of the most lopsided trades in NBA history. Kevin Garnett was shipped to the Celtics for five players and two first-round draft picks. Of that package, Wayne Ellington (existing as one of the draft picks) is the only player linked to that deal currently playing in Minnesota. In those eight meetings, the Celtics have yet to lose.

But the Timberwolves team Garnett and Co. will face tonight is unlike any they’ve seen these past few years. This year’s squad has a different aura about them. They’re the organization’s most competitive group since Garnett was their star, and, despite a season-ending torn ACL suffered by Ricky Rubio, they continue to survive in the Western Conference’s ridiculously tight playoff race—currently 2.5 games back of 7th seeded Utah.

The difference lies in a single player. The league’s best pure rebounder, power forward, and, possibly, most valuable player if the Timberwolves make the playoffs. Of course I’m referring to Kevin Love, and as one of Boston’s greatest weaknesses this season has been rebounding (they currently boast a league worst -7.81 net offensive rebound rate), he could pose a major problem. If Love’s frontcourt teammates were healthy—most notably the revelation that is Nikola Pekovic—he would most likely be matched up against Brandon Bass. Instead, as he plays out of position at the five, tonight he gets Kevin Garnett. It’s surely the game’s most intriguing matchup; one that could hold the key in deciding which team comes out on top.

Prediction: Celtics 99, Timberwolves 96

  • CelticsBIG3

    This will certainly be an interesting battle. I expect KG's best, and KLove's defensive inabilities should allow KG to really showcase his talents for his old franchises fans. Hopefully Ray is playing as we could use the extra firepower.

  • I_Love_Green

    K Love goes for 40….rebounds.

  • guest

    I don't care, if this game was being played in Boston and I was there I'd try to get the Kevin Love MVP chants going. This guy is in on another planet. I don't care if he is on a losing team, he should really be considered for league MVP. If there is any player out there that I think could crack 100 points and put up other Chamberlain type numbers, it's this guy. Thankfully the rest of the team is not nearly as good so the C's got a good shot at winning.

    • http://twitter.com/michaeljavid @michaeljavid

      you are definitely sippin' that love potion

  • felix

    KL is overrated. he doesn't really make his team that much better. KG will take care of him, a very exciting matchup! Hope Allen is back on the floor.

    • CelticsBIG3

      I'm sorry no guy who is a consistent monster rebounder in the nba is overrated

      • red

        he`s not overrated,but KG did take care of him.

        • Morpheus

          Hahaaa KG been taking care of BUSINESS lately. He's been playing really well since Doc moved him tio C.

  • Luke Walker

    While I'm not a fan of these "Super Teams" that some of the athletes are trying to put together… I think they've totally over-looked the perfect person to team up with. D-Wade and LeBron should have been looking to team with Kevin Love. Team with a guy who doesn't want the spotlight, who does all the dirty work, and you can take all the credit and be the "closer." Give K-Love a solid NBA player, doesn't have to be a top 5 player like I just mentioned, but a top 20 player and that team is a scary team. Right now they just look like they did 10 years ago with KG… a one superstar team that features a player who needs another piece or two to really contend.

    • CelticsBIG3

      +++++++++++ all thumbs up yo, no more bad blood man

  • guest

    Holy shit, just checked and saw the Wizards are blowing out the Sixers. If they actually hang on and the Celtics win tonight, hello 4th seed!

    • someguyinsac

      I'm shocked by that too, might have to send them a thank you card if they do.

      And go Raptors too.

  • I_Love_Green

    WOW Rondo! 16 assists right now and 1 turnover!

  • CelticsBIG3

    Hell yea, four seed baby
    TELL THE NBA WHY YER MAD

  • I_Love_Green

    Wow we've been solid after the break. Everybody is stepping up and making contributions, I'm loving it.

    • Morpheus

      Fuck yeah. Banner 18 IS STILL ALIVE BABY. Go Cs!!!!

  • someguyinsac

    I know it's just the Timberwolves, but awesome win anyways!

  • guest

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X_qXkCPvr6A Miami, we're coming to get YOU!

  • guest

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X_qXkCPvr6A Miami, we're coming to get YOU!

  • tbunny

    This team game out and hit the floor hard. They looked fired up. This might have been their best win this year. Miami better buckle up because the Celtics are getting the eye of the tiger right now.

  • James Patrick

    Avery Bradly?! Where ya been?! Lookin' good!!!!

    • http://twitter.com/michaeljavid @michaeljavid

      James Patrick where have YOU been???

  • red

    I defended AB all season even when other C,c fans who will remain nameless actually wanted to just waive him for a roster spot. This kid can play and will only get better.

  • skeeds

    That's what I call a feelgood game. Everyone did what they should, Rondo assisted what seemed like half our baskets, and KG, I really have no words. I feel ashamed of myself for questioning what this guy had left. I've said it a lot of times since 2008, and I'll say it again. Garnett is the standard by which Celtics must be measured.
    36 years old. Playing out of his spot. On his 17th season. Possibly his last one. Still looks like the best player on the floor most of the time.

    • http://twitter.com/michaeljavid @michaeljavid

      Isn't it just RIDICULOUS? He's got that 3-years-ago bounce in his legs right now.

  • http://twitter.com/michaeljavid @michaeljavid

    I don't care what happens this postseason. Win or lose, the C's play with heart, and will give everything they have. You couldn't ask for anything more. And still! Let's make some of these experts look bad and get those upsets!!!

    • Lantrell Walker

      4th, 7th or 8th, it doesn't matter. I guarantee that the C's will be a deadly seed that the likes of Miami and Chicago won't wanna deal with.

      #WeBelieveIn18

  • Zee

    C's up!

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