By Tyler Sullivan Follow on Twitter @TylerSully
If you can count on one thing with the Celtics it’s that you can’t count them out.
With 1:15 in the first, they managed to go on a 17-0 run after the T-Wolves led 31-15 and in the fourth the C’s managed to take a 6 point T-Wolves lead and give themselves an opportunity to pull a one out of their shamrock shorts.
That opportunity, however, was a missed one just like Marcus Smart’s three at the end of regulation and the Timberwolves win this one, 124-122.
Boston struggled against Minnesota’s big men especially Gorgui Dieng and rookie Karl Anthony-Towns. Dieng finished with 17 points and 12 rebounds on 7 for 10 shooting. Towns had his way with the Celtics dropping 28 points to go with his 13 rebounds. Overall Boston was out-rebounded by Minnesota by a margin of 51-38.
Isaiah Thomas struggled to find his offense hitting only 8 of his 20 shots. Jae Crowder had a career high 27 points to go with 9 rebounds and 3 assists.
Despite the questionable decision by Marcus Smart at the end of the game, he did show off some of his skill especially in the opening quarter. The sophomore finished with 17 points, 7 assists and 4 rebounds.
The Celtics constantly made comebacks in this one and this Avery Bradley three allowed them to have a shot at the end.
- Jordan Mickey only played 2 minutes, but they were in the 2nd quarter.
- In 15 minutes, Amir Johnson had a rough game only scoring 2 points. He combied with Jared Sullinger (12 points and 7 rebounds) were a combined minus-25.
- Kevin Garnett did not suit up for the Timberwolves.
- Avery Bradley and Isaiah Thomas did not go to the free throw line all night.
- Boston shot a dismal 48.5% from the field
- Minnesota was 51.8% from the field and a staggering 53.3% from deep.
- The C’s need to find their defensive identity. In their last 6 games, Boston has allowed their opponents to score an average of 116.8 points per game.
The Celtics went 1-2 in their 3 game road trip post All Star break. They will now come home for an extended stay at TD Garden.