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Well, that certainly wasn’t pretty. It almost felt like a game from the late 2000s with the low scoring output amidst strong defense. Boston scored just 41 points in the first half en route to a 91-84 victory over Minnesota. The Timberwolves shot just 28/76 (36.8%) from the field as Andrew Wiggins and Jimmy Butler both struggled to find their shot. On the other side, the Celtics shot a measly 38/94 (40.4%) and a downright awful 6/36 (16.7%) from deep.

Both teams struggled to generate consistent offense in this game. Minnesota was just simply worse. Boston now sits at 32-10 overall while the Timberwolves drop to 24-16.

Boston

  • On a night where Boston’s starters shot a combined 20/60 (33.3%) from the field, Marcus Smart stepped up. He finished with a team-high 18 points, 3 rebounds, and 3 assists. Smart was also a game-high +17. It was his third game scoring in double-figures over the last four outings. He went 8/13 (61.5%) from the field despite shooting 0/4 from downtown.
  • Terry Rozier continued to pour in a tenacious effort off the bench. He ended up with 14 points and nine rebounds. Rozier has really taken a step forward with his finishing ability this season. The third-year guard has gotten to the rack with ease during his pro career but couldn’t pull off the crafty finishes until this year. Now that he’s figured it out, Terry has become quite the weapon. Rozier has scored in double-figures in each of the last six games.
  • Kyrie Irving has hit a mini offensive slump over the last two contests. He’s shot a combined 11/30 (36.6%) from the field, 1/9 (11.1%) from deep, and 4/6 (66.7%) from the charity stripe. 2018 hasn’t started kindly for Uncle Drew’s jumper.
  • Aron Baynes recorded his second double-double as a Celtic. He recorded 11 points, 10 rebounds, and a block. This matchup was favorable for him, as he got to battle against Taj Gibson down low.
  • Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum combined to go 6/22 from the field(27.2%) and 1/10 (10%) from deep in an ugly outing for Boston’s young duo. Tatum did have an explosive dunk over Karl Anthony-Towns and a clutch drive to the basket late in the game.
  • Al Horford switched to more of a facilitating role on Friday night. He finished with 7 points, 5 rebounds, and 8 assists while finishing with just two turnovers. Horford struggled from the field (3/9 FG) but still played a large role in Boston’s victory.
  • Boston is 22-0 when outrebounding their opponents. They pulled down a season-high 56 boards against Minnesota.

Minnesota

  • KAT was basically unstoppable all night. He finished with 25 points, 23 rebounds (!), and 2 blocks. Anthony-Towns was efficient too, shooting 9/16 (56.3%) from the field.
  • Jimmy Butler and Andrew Wiggins just couldn’t get anything going for the TWolves. They shot a combined 6/24 (25%) from the field for 24 total points. Boston’s defense of the two stars was mostly exceptional.
  • Jamal Crawford has still got it. The veteran journeyman knocked down four of his five shots from deep.
  • Minnesota finished 21/28 (75%) from the line while Boston went 9/13 (69.2%).

NEXT UP: Boston travels to Brooklyn for a game against the Nets at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 6.

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Dustin Lewis

Dustin Lewis is a student at Florida State University who is majoring in Editing, Writing, and Media. He has an unhealthy obsession with Marcus Smart's FG% and Terry Rozier's inability to connect on alley-oops. Lewis is also the lead writer for NoleGameday and contributes to the FSView with a focus on sports.
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