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Boston Celtics 100 Final

Recap | Box Score

110 Minnesota Timberwolves
Chris Wilcox, PF 12 MIN | 2-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 4 PTS | -4The defense was brutal as always, but Pekovic is a tough guy to guard. I’ll take the six rebounds in 12 minutes though any night. His rotation spot might vanish soon though if Shavlik continues to play well when KG returns to action.
Brandon Bass, PF 33 MIN | 5-13 FG | 3-4 FT | 6 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 13 PTS | -15
Would have liked to have seen a better night shooting with the big guns out, but that’s the nature of the beast. The good looks diminish when there is less talent around you. He’s working hard though and delivered his fair share of work on the glass. Like everyone else on this roster though, he had no chance against Pek.
Jeff Green, PF 38 MIN | 5-10 FG | 0-0 FT | 7 REB | 5 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 5 TO | 10 PTS | -9
Didn’t appear to have anything left in the second half after Doc ran him into the ground playing him the entire first half. I hope that hip is okay too after he took the elbow. The overall line looked okay, but the five turnovers were a killer. Rivers needs to make sure Green gets the rest he needs for the postseason as well.
Avery Bradley, PG 30 MIN | 8-14 FG | 2-2 FT | 0 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 19 PTS | -17
What a sight for sore eyes! Bradley’s jumper was finally falling again and he remained aggressive with it all night. Hopefully this is the game he needed to break out of his atrocious swoon. Did a nice job pestering Rubio all night too, holding him to just a 2-for-11 line. This Avery will make the C’s very dangerous in the postseason.
Courtney Lee, SG 25 MIN | 3-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 7 PTS | -15
Still getting his rhythm back after the ankle injury. He has a couple more weeks to get right here.
D.J. White, PF 4 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | +3
Take a look at that line. Literally didn’t do anything (bad or good) in the final four minutes of the game. Hopefully he gets a real shot down the stretch.
Shavlik Randolph, PF 21 MIN | 4-5 FG | 0-2 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 2 TO | 8 PTS | -1
Fouled way too much, but he had a nice little second half, playing with five fouls for much of it. Worked the two man game pretty well for a couple easy finishes and is slowly earning Doc’s trust at this point. Needs to continue to show consistency.
Jordan Crawford, SG 28 MIN | 5-11 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 5 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 11 PTS | +1
The complete Jordan Crawford experience. Some shots made you shake your head, others you nodded your head. The six rebounds and five dishes were pleasant though.
Terrence Williams, SG 22 MIN | 6-10 FG | 0-2 FT | 6 REB | 5 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 14 PTS | +7
Some defensive mistakes brought this down, but this was arguably his best game as a Celtic. The jumper was falling, he hit the glass well, no turnovers and five assists. This guy could actually get a crack at the postseason rotation if he continues to show this kind of versatility.
Jason Terry, SG 26 MIN | 4-8 FG | 4-4 FT | 2 REB | 3 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 14 PTS | 0
One of the few times he’s actually showed up on the road this year. Unfortunately, he didn’t have enough of a complete team around him for it to matter. Gets bonus points for drawing a foul on a fast break by simply getting in the way and flopping. He’ll probably get a warning for it, but it was priceless.
Paul Pierce, SF DNP PERSONAL REASONS MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | STL | BLK | TO | PTS |
His GPA remains at 4.0 in the two games he missed this year. If Danny Ainge somehow doesn’t bring Pierce back this summer, I hope he’s forced to watch this game and the Bobcats loss on a constant loop all summer long. He needs the reminder of how vital Pierce still is to this squad.
Kevin Garnett, C DNP LEFT ANKLE MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | STL | BLK | TO | PTS |
Get well soon.
Doc Rivers
The guys played hard. Problem should have doubled Pek a bit earlier than the second half, but it probably wouldn’t have mattered anyway. Defense is brutal, but it’s tough to fault Doc for that given that half of the team wasn’t on the roster two months ago.
  • check12check

    so apparently the only way to get an A+ on this site is to not play. No PP or KG so i'm just glad to see it was not a total blow out. Shav needs to get more boards in 21 minutes. think about this, Green had almost 4x as many rebounds as he did.

    • fabzzz

      In a loss to the T-Wolves who else would deserve an A?

      • check12check

        oh, nobody did in this game, but I don't think i have seen one A+ this season unless the player sat out

        • janos

          rondos a+ perform in real life reglars

    • CG12

      Randolph was (appropriately) more concerned with getting a piece of Pekovic than he was with getting the ball. The C's out-rebounded the Wolves, at that was not a small piece of it. Pekovic pushed Wilcox around more or less at will.

  • Mark

    The man crush for Avery is unreal around here. Any other player puts up a four spot for the entire second half after dropping 15 in the first while contributing nothing else statistically doesn’t get an A around here. But empty box score Bradley does. Quit grading him on a special curve no one else enjoys.

    • hydrofluoric

      AB, like KG, brings elite-level defense to the game every time he suits up. When he puts it together in any form on offense it's good news.

      Also, Jeff Green got an A- in his OKC game where he put up 17-0-1 or something.

    • The Cardinal

      I tend to agree with you about the Avery lovin', but ya know there is gonna be a "but." I think using Bradley as the primary ball handler is a disservice to both him and the team (and the same with Terry), and that Doc needs to bite the bullet and ensure that either Crawford or T Will is in the lineup whenever Bradley or Terry are on the floor even if it means bringing Lee off the bench (which I kinda like anyway since Bradley is usually 2 fouls down by the end of the 1st Quarter and you bring Lee in for his defense).

      Bradley is much more effective when he isn't trying to make point guard-type decisions and is playing off the ball (again, same with Terry). He simply isn't a point guard and will probably never be one, so the onus is on Doc to stop this nonsense and insert a better ball handler into the starting lineup.

      The poor decision making and lazy-pass turnovers from everyone, but especially Bradley and Terry the past few weeks have supplanted the poor rebounding/pick n' roll defense as the number one cause leading to offensive explosions by our opponents. Reducing the turnovers – many of which are just unbelievably lame-brained for a would-be contender – may be the one most impactful thing that is within Doc's power to improve provided he's willing to use the other personnel as his primary ball handlers.

      • hydrofluoric

        We were thriving best with NO primary ball-handler. Somehow AB became the point guard and I think that's been a factor in our losing lately.

    • Michael

      Well, actually some truth in it. AB's defensive impact (along with his individual defense lately), is well overrated. All the dribbler need to do is make contact. Also, I swear I didn't see anything near "ELITE Defense" since KG rested.

  • Danny

    The regular season can’t end soon enough. But wow is it annoying to watch the timberwolves go to the line all night on ticky tack crap and the celtics get hammered with no calls. Both teams drove to the hoop about equally and at one point late in the game the free throw disparity was 30-12 that’s just ridiculous. Conspiracy theories be damned its hard not to think that someone has ulterior motives calling a game like that. NBA refs have no accountability when they do a terrible job and they should. But stern sucks. This is why even though I love the celtics I hate the NBA.

    • CG12

      The whistles did look a bit uneven last night. I sometimes think that Jeff Green needs to get hit with a 2×4 going to hole before the refs will call a foul. Dudes are constantly whacking him and hanging on his arms – no whistles. But a lot of the Wolves FTs were from Pekovic, who just plain out-muscled the C's front line. You can see why Doc might have wanted to keep Collins over Wilcox. Collins would not have let the shizzle go on in his paint.

  • CG12

    The C's front line is a defensive disaster right now. No rim protector, two guys who are constantly late on rotations (Bass & Wilcox), pretty much no legit size, and no depth. Any team with a genuine big man only has to pound it down lown, and the C's just can't handle it. But Pekovic is a straight beast – they say he might be the strongest player in the NBA. He sure looks like it. And Zod was the leader. The guy who Pekovic looks like was the barely domesticated third wheel.

  • tbunny

    It's kind of sad but with the Celtics more or less mailing it in for the end of the season, I have almost zero interest in watching them. They just better be careful they don't go 3-6 or 2-7 and drop into the 8 seed.

    • janos

      hi bunny

  • janos

    i am ready now playofs just let us know foe lets go already ok thank you

  • Morpheus

    Pek is one strong mofo. I remember watching the Wolves – Kings game and he was pushing Cousins around effortlessly. Would love to see prime Shaq up against him or even old Shaq.

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