The Minnesota Timberwolves hot shooting seemed to carry on to the first quarter of play tonight as the Wolves tallied 30 points in the first quarter, however by game's end, Minnesota looked like the team playing the second game of a back-to-back, while the Celtics looked like the team that hadn't played since Saturday--looking plenty rested.
Minnesota moves below .500 and finish their East coast road trip 1-1. Hopefully the TWolves will get a much needed boost when they return to the Target Center. Andrei Kirilenko has missed the last four consecutive games with back spasms and I assume (or pray, rather) that he'll return to action.
The Minnesota Timberwolves outscored the Celtics 51-47 in that first half, however the Wolves reverted to old habits and let a (slim) lead slip in the second half. Boston took over in that third quarter with a 32-point outburst, Brandon Bass scored 10 of his 12 points in that third quarter, Rondo added 6 and Wilcox/Terry added 5 apiece. Rondo & Pierce took over in the fourth quarter, combining for 12 of the Celtics' 25 points. Barea scored 6 and Shved added 5 in that final quarter, however thanks to that third quarter the lapse, the Wolves couldn't make that 'ground' up and lost 94-104.
Let's take a look at tonight's top performers...
K. Love: 19pts, 13reb, 4ast, 5tos, 2fls, 6-15 FG,
1-5 3PT, 6-12 FT in 35 min.
N. Pekovic: 14pts, 9reb, 1ast, 2stls, 1fl, 6-13 FG, 2-2 FT in 32 min.
J. Howard: 12pts, 3stls, 1fl, 5-14 FG, 1-3 3PT,
1-2 FT in 33 min.
K. Garnett: 18pts, 10reb, 4ast, 1stl, 8-13 FG, 0-1 3PT, 2-4 FT in 27 min.
R. Rondo: 17pts, 1reb, 11ast, 1stl, 5tos, 4fls, 6-11 FG, 0-3 3PT, 5-6 FT in 38 min.
J. Terry: 17pts, 5reb, 2ast, 2tos, 1fl, 7-10 FG, 3-5 3PT in 38 min.
NOT: The Minnesota Timberwolves shooting. A day after their hot shooting from the field and from three, they followed that up by shooting 44% from the field and 31.6% from deep. It was overlooked that the Wolves shot just 58.8% from the line last night in Philly, however tonight, their 'deficiency' from the line was a key for this loss. That 46.7% from the line is a season-worst for MIN. Also, I only put K-Love on this list because of his points/rebounds, however his efficiency continues to be QUITE undesirable, here's hoping (and praying) he gets back on track soon...LIKE RIGHT NOW!
MISC. STATS: As Howard continues to start at small forward for the injured Andrei Kirilenko, he continues to play fairly well (especially for a player, working on the veteran's minimum), he finished with a season-high 3 steals and played a season-high 33 minutes...
Let's take a look at the team stats...
Fast Break PTS
PTS in the Paint
Team TO's (PTS off)
The Wolves will be back in action on Friday vs. the Cleveland Cavaliers back at the Target Center, you can find a full gameday preview of that one on this site before then, until then, thanks for reading HOWL and GO WOLVES!