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Game 18: T’Wolves (8-8) @ Celtics (9-8) Open Thread

Minnesota @ Boston
TD Garden
7:30 PM EST
CSNNE

Offensive Efficiency:
Boston: 102. points/100 possessions (13th)
Minnesota: 99.3 points/100 possessions (21st)

Defensive Efficiency:
Boston: 101.7 points allowed/100 possessions (15th)
Minnesota: 98.3 points allowed/100 possessions (5th)

Probable T’Wolves starters: Luke Ridnour (PG), Malcolm Lee (SG), Josh Howard (SF), Kevin Love (PF), Nikola Pekovic (C)

View from the Opposing Bench: A Wolf Among Wolves

Thumbnail:  The Celtics play the Minnesota Timberwolves tonight in a game that doesn’t matter for a lot of reasons- it’s out of conference, it’s the 18th game of the season, nothing meaningful can be gleaned from its outcome- to name a few.  Plus, there are far more interesting happenings going on in the NBA right now.  Did you hear the New Orleans Hornets are probably changing their name to the Pelicans?  Awesome.
Still, Celtics fans will be tuning into tonight’s game for a couple of reasons.  Rajon Rondo is back from serving his two game suspension and it’s high time we see what the Celtics can do with Rondo running the show sans assist streak hanging over his head.  If that wasn’t enough to get you to watch, old friend Greg Stiemsma is back in town and will most likely block a shot or two in the familiar confines of the TDGarden.  Doc Rivers had some nice things to say about Stiemsma pregame: “I’m pissed at him.  I’m never going to talk to him again.  No, I’d love to have him here. He’s a great kid.  He took advantage of a great situation and I’m glad he did.  He was terrific here.”

Other nuggets of interest:

  • The T’Wolves completely dominated a team (Sixers) that the Celtics lost to earlier in the season.  The same team that the Celtics will play next on Saturday.  What intrigue!
  • Leandro Barbosa missed the last two practices with the flu.  He’ll dress tonight but Doc is hoping not to use him
  • Phil

    I'm all in on the Pelicans name. I'm expecting great things from their mascot, and lets be honest, the top 5 or so most terrible NBA names are already firmly entrenched. I'd rather be a bird than a pair of pants or whatever the hell a laker is.

  • Phil

    I didn't like that second quarter at all. The Cs don't seem to be playing that badly, they just looked like they got outworked. They got beat down the court in transition a few times, and they got a few rebounds that the Cs should've had. On one fastbreak three, Pierce just stood there while Cunningham just walked up from behind him and got the board.

    The second unit actually seemed to have a lot of rhythm going that the starters destroyed when they came back in. Pierce looked particularly bad during that stretch, though I also see Rondo overpassing coming back. I warned people before that it wouldn't go away just because of the assist streak ending, and I've seen nothing to make me doubt that.

  • et2

    I look forward to fast forwarding to the playoffs, where the Celtics will, hopefully, turn it up a knotch, where Garnett will stop playing 5 minute spurts, where Rondo will stop passing up layups for wild pass attempts (maybe), and where this team plays games like they mean something.

  • CelticsBIG3

    Lets try to play like that more than one night in a row.

  • High Rollers

    From Red's Army: "Gotta give some love to Brandon Bass in this spot too. After a pretty non-existent first half, he erupted to score 8 points in just over 3 minutes to start the third, and finished with 12 points and 8 rebounds."

    The C's outscored Minny 32-21 in the third frame, meaning Bass' spurt coincided with good O and good D. Looks like the correlation holds, tonight at least.

  • janos

    GO CELTICS NBA

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