Moving on: Boston Celtics @ Minnesota Timberwolves preview

The current Minnesota Timberwolves logo (2008-...
The current Minnesota Timberwolves logo (2008-present) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Welp. Stops and scoring — 2 things the C’s sorely missed today. Back-to-back game against the Wolves tomorrow, how will the C’s respond?

Stat check: The Wolves have won 4 of their last 10 games, and are currently on a 1-game losing streak. Home record is currently 17-19.

Game time: April 2nd 2013, 1100hrs AEDT

Watch it on: NBA League Pass

Roster changes:

  1. Rajon Rondo (ACL) and Jared Sullinger (back) are out for the season
  2. Kevin Garnett (inflammed ankle) may return next week
  3. Paul Pierce may sit for tomorrow’s game, according to Doc Rivers
  4. Brandon Roy (right knee) is out indefinitely
  5. Kevin Love (broken finger) is out indefinitely
  6. Nikola Pekovic (sprained left ankle) is day-to-day
  7. Malcolm Lee (right knee) is out for the regular season

Top enemy performers:

  1. Scoring: Kevin Love (18.3)
  2. Rebounds: Kevin Love (14.0)
  3. Assists:  Ricky Rubio (7.3)

Keys to the game:

  1. Attack the paint. Kevin Love is out of the game, which means we won’t get slaughtered on the boards. Pekovic has been a huge factor on both ends of the floor this season. If he continues to sit out, then the number one priority is to keep attacking the paint and be aggressive. Live and die by the perimeter shots — not a good idea.
  2. Contributions from the bigs. Again, if Pekovic sits out, that means our bigs have more chances of going for the boards. Bass and Wilcox really need to step up their rebounding game, because it’s shameful that Pierce  grabbed 2.5 times more rebounds (15) than both of them combined (6). Offense-wise, no complaints. Rant: I never understood why a lot of big guys refuse to box out. Basic fundamentals! And they’re getting paid millions to play this sport. 
  3. Kick up the intensity. The Wolves has been impressive lately, one of the wins coming against the Thunder. They were on track to win the Memphis game, but inevitably collapsed when the Grizzlies made a run in the 4th quarter. Though the Wolves are out of the Playoffs run, they are still capable of putting up good games every now and then. The C’s cannot afford to be complacent, especially if they are still looking to make a push for seeding. If the captain sits out, I expect Doc to let the bench guys step up their game and be comfortable on the floor. Bradley should be seeing a lot of minutes still, partly because Doc wants him to get out of his slump after fouling out in today’s game with a mediocre performance.

9 games left till the Playoffs!

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