By Tyler Sullivan Follow on Twitter @TylerSully
On a night where Kevin Garnett was in the building, it was only fitting that it ended with Gino Time.
The Celtics were missing not just their former big man in KG, but were without bigs Jared Sullinger (back spasms) and Amir Johnson (plantar fasciitis in left foot).
David Lee (13 points and 8 rebounds) and Kelly Olynyk (19 points and 5 rebounds) started in place of the two and the C’s offense didn’t skip a beat blowing out Minnesota 113-99.
The offense got out running early and the second unit for the Celtics played large in the win. Tyler Zeller had one his best games of the season scoring 14 points and grabbed 8 boards. Jonas Jerebko had also an efficient night scoring 12 points on 4-7 shooting with 7 rebounds.
R.J. Hunter had 3 nice blocks and scored 7 points including this buzzer beating half court shot.
It was just that kind of night for the C’s hitting 51.7% of their shots against the T-Wolves.
- Jae Crowder continued his strong season earning himself a double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds.
- Isaiah Thomas had a tough shooting night only hitting 3 of his 9 shots for 8 points. He made up for it in the passing game dishing out 12 assists. Thomas also grabbed 7 boards and recorded 4 steals.
- Kevin Garnett was obviously the story going into this one. There was some question as to if KG was going to play. He was ruled out, but then seen in uniform going through shoot around until the Timberwolves actually said he was not playing.
- All throughout the game there were “We want KG” chants and eventually it evolved to “Thank You KG.”
- It all culminated in the final moments of the fourth quarter with Gino coming onto the jumbotron as it did many times during the Big Ticket’s time here in Boston. Even though he was on the other side of it, his response was like heading back in time.
If it was his last game at the TD Garden, Celtics fans sent him off the right way.