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Wolves (28-38) at Celtics (42-25) Game #68 3/15/17
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Minnesota Timberwolves (28-38) at Boston Celtics (42-25)
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
7:30 PM ET
Regular Season Game #68, Home Game #32
TV:  CSNNE, FSNorth, NBA-LP 755(DTV)/753(xfinity)
Radio: WZLX 100.7, WCCO-AM
TD Garden




Probable Starters
PGSG SF PF C
Isaiah Thomas ...Avery Bradley...Jae Crowder...Al Horford...Amir Johnson

Celtics Reserves

Jaylen Brown
Gerald Green
Demetrius Jackson
Jordan Mickey
Terry Rozier
James Young
Jonas Jerebko
Tyler Zeller
Kelly Olynyk
Marcus Smart

Injuries
None

Head Coach
Brad Stevens 




Probable Starters
PGSGSF PF C
Ricky Rubio...Brandon Rush...Andrew Wiggins... Gorgui Dieng... Karl-Anthony Towns

Timberwolves Reserves

Cole Aldrich
Nemanja Bjelica
Kris Dunn
Jordan Hill
Tyus Jones
Adreian Payne
Shabazz Muhammad
Lance Stephenson

Injuries
Nikola Pekovic (ankle) out
Zach LaVine (knee) out

Coach
Tom Thibodeau

Game Notes
The Celtics continue their two game home stand with a visit from the Minnesota Timberwolves.  This is the second and final meeting between these two teams this season.  The Celtics won the first meeting 99-93 in Minnesota on November 21.   The Celtics used a 19-0 run to start the 4th quarter to get the come from behind win. 

The Timberwolves did the Celtics a favor by beating the Wizards at home on Monday to move the Celtics back into 2nd place by half a game.  Now, the Celtics have to take their destiny into their own hands and sweep the series from the Wolves to stay in second place.  They split the series last season 1-1 with each team winning on their home court.   

Both teams are looking for their second straight win.  The Celtics are 22-9 at home while the Wolves are 10-20 on the road.   In spite of their sub .500 record, the Celtics can't take the Timberwolves for granted as they have been playing very well in recent games.  The Wolves are 7-3 in their last 10 games while the Celtics are just 5-5 in their last 10. 

The Celtics are finally healthy with no players on the injured list at this time.  For the Wolves, Zach LaVine is out with a knee injury and Nikola Pekovic is out with an ankle injury.  Adreian Payne missed 13 games with thrombocytopenia (low platelet count) and has received a DNP-CD for the past 4 games. 

Standings Reset
The Celtics moved back into 2nd place with the Wizards' loss to these same Timberwolves.  The Celtics are 2.5 games behind the Cavs after a win over Detroit on Tuesday.  The Wizards are .5 games behind the Celtics. The Raptors are 3 games behind Boston.  The Hawks are 5 games behind the Celtics. 

Games to Watch

3/15   Mavericks at Wizards

Key Matchups
vs
Jae Crowder vs Andrew Wiggins
Andrew Wiggins is playing very well and averaging 23.0 points, 4.1 rebounds and 2.4 assists.  Jae needs to stay with Wiggins to keep him from having a big night.  He also needs to hit his shots and
make Wiggins work on the defensive end as well.

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Amir Johnson vs Karl Anthony Towns 
Towns has been very good this season after a year of Kevin Garnett's mentoring.  He is averaging 24.2 points, 12.3 rebounds and 1.4 blocks.  Amir will have his hands full trying to slow down the Wolves 7' center who is versatile enough to beat out Isaiah Thomas in the Skills Challenge.  He had 27 points and 18 rebounds in their first meeting and hopefully the Celtics can keep him from having another big game in this one. 

Honorable Mention

Al Horford vs Gorgui Deng
Deng had a  big game with 20 points and 10 rebounds the last time these teams met.  It will be very important for the Celtics to limit the Wolves big front line in this game. 

Keys to the Game
Defense - The Celtics have been finding their defensive roots in recent games and they need to continue to play tough team defense. The offense feeds off of the defense and if the Celtics can't get stops they struggle on the other end as well.  Now that they are healthy, it's time to once again clamp down on defense.  Defense wins games!!

Rebound - The Celtics must get rebounds to prevent second chance points and fast breaks for the Wolves. Rebounding takes effort and desire and the Celtics have got to show both and crash the boards as a team, especially against the big front line of the Wolves.  The Celtics are 20-2 when they match or out-rebound their opponents.  When they put out the effort on the boards, it also translates to the other parts of their game. 

Be Aggressive - The Celtics have to be aggressive in going after loose balls and rebounds and in taking the ball to the basket. They also have to be aggressive on defense. When they are aggressive in going to the hoop good things happen. The Celtics have to play like they are the team that wants it more.  Isaiah recently made the comment that if they aren't the hardest working team they aren't very good.  They simply have to be the team that works hardest. 

Set the Pace-
The Celtics must run from the beginning of the game until the final buzzer. Running will allow them to get easy baskets as they get down the court before the defenses set up.  They have to run and they have to move the ball.   When they slow it down, more times than not, they struggle. 

Play As a Team - The Celtics have been successful when they move the ball and play unselfishly, making the extra pass to get the best shot.   They  have succeeded by playing as one star and playing hard for each other.    They need play as a team and move the ball and find the open man.  They also have to play as a team on the defensive end and play swarming team defense. 
 
X-Factors
Home Sweet Home
- The Celtics are playing at home for the second straight game. They have played well at home with a 22-9 record at the TD Garden.  As most young teams do, the Wolves struggle somewhat on the road with a 10-20 record.  The Celtics have won 9 of their last 10 at home and have won 10 straight against the Timberwolves at home.   The Celtics need to get a boost from the home crowd and defend their home court. 

The Gang's All Here - The Celtics are finally all healthy.  The starters have only played 27 games together so far this season.   The Celtics are 20-7 when the starting 5 is healthy and together.  They need to build on that and get even better.   It is a good time for the Celtics to be healthy as they have 15 games left to get sharper and work together to win games down the stretch going into the playoffs. 

Officiating -  Officiating is always an x-factor. Will they let them play or will they call every ticky tack foul?  It's usually to the Celtics' benefit if they let both teams play.  Will they call it fair or will they favor one team over the other? One never knows what any given crew will do. However the game is called, the Celtics need to play through it and not let the officiating distract them. 


Re: Wolves (28-38) at Celtics (42-25) Game #68 3/15/17
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[dang], second.

Not fair, not fair! I'm old! How can I be expected to be as quick as these young whipper snappers?!  ;D

Nonetheless, a tp to flc yet one more fabulous game thread. Celticswill win once more and Gino will appear.

Tp to flc, and...

Goooooooooooooooo Celtics!  ;D
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Third!  Go Celtics and thanks FLC!

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4th by just a few minutes.  ugh - [dang] laptop freezing up.

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Lol, TP to FLceltcsfan for always being the awesome person that she is.
Ha. Nice try but no bananas.  ;D
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My goodness.  In just a minute it took to refresh the page there are already 4 posts.  You guys are getting good at this :D

A TP to Csfan1984, hwangjini_1, saltlover, Monkhouse,  and slamtheking  for being the first to post in the game thread!! 

Gooooooooooooooooooooooooo Celtics!!!!   


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we got the sixth man off the bench now the rotation players can play. lol

TP FlCF for a great game thread.

GoOoOoOoOoOoOoOoOoOoOoO Celtics!!!!!

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we got the sixth man off the bench now the rotation players can play. lol

TP FlCF for a great game thread.

GoOoOoOoOoOoOoOoOoOoOoO Celtics!!!!!

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T Wolves starting to play good ball. This could be a tough game for us.

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T Wolves starting to play good ball. This could be a tough game for us.

Rubio did all the damage against the Wiz.

Ricky, meet Marcus Bradley.

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This is where the rubber hits the road

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T Wolves starting to play good ball. This could be a tough game for us.

Rubio did all the damage against the Wiz.

Ricky, meet Marcus Bradley.

Blowout!

Some kid named Towns had 39 and 13 too.  Karl, meet Amir Olynyk.

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T Wolves starting to play good ball. This could be a tough game for us.

Rubio did all the damage against the Wiz.

Ricky, meet Marcus Bradley.

Blowout!

Some kid named Towns had 39 and 13 too.  Karl, meet Amir Olynyk.

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