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How we see it goin’ down: Celtics – Timberwolves

John - Red's Army (@RedsArmy_John) December 5, 2012 Previews 6 Comments

Tip: 7:30 PM     Court: TD Garden     Watch it: CSN     Hear it: WEEI

Referees: Michael Smith, Courtney Kirkland, Tre Maddox

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The Matchup

Record: 9-8 Record: 8-8
At Home 5-4 On Road: 4-5
Streak: Lost 1 Streak: Won 2
Leaders Leaders
Buckets: Pierce (19.2 ppg) Buckets: Kevin Love (19.4 ppg)
Boards: Garnett (7.4 rpg) Boards: Love (14.6 rpg)
Dimes: Rondo (12.9 apg) Dimes: JJ Barea (4.9 apg)
For the Stat Geeks: For the Stat Geeks:
Offensive Rating: 104.1 (15th NBA) Offensive Rating: 102.4 (21st NBA)
Defensive Rating: 104.6 (17th NBA) Defensive Rating: 101.3 (6th NBA)
Pace: 92.5 (13th NBA) Pace: 91.1 (22nd NBA)

Last time

The Celtics beat Minnesota in their only meeting last season 100-79.  Kevin Garnett had 24 and 10, Paul Pierce had 21 points, and Rajon Rondo had 17 assists.

This time

Get it to: Kevin Love’s guy

KG has shown some disdain for Kevin Love in the past saying

“Love is really good, very solid … very, very offensive-minded.”

“I know Kevin don’t really play a lot of defense….

I’m guessing Pekovic will be guarding KG, so in that case Brandon Bass should get some clean looks at the basket.  KG will get plenty of chances at Love, and if I was running things, I’d be trying to set as many screens as I could to get Love to switch onto KG.

Gotta stop: Kevin Love

The league’s most adept rebounder… a guy capable of putting up a 20/20 game against just about anyone… is about to face the league’s worst rebounding team.

Please, for the love that all that is holy, PLEASE keep this guy SOMEWHAT off the boards.

The Wild Card: Nikola Pekovic

Last year, he was the league’s best offensive rebounder.  He’s taken a little step back in production this season, but, again, there’s nothing quite like facing the Celtics to fix a drop-off in your offensive rebounding production.

How we see it goin’ down

You can already see where I’m going with this.  The Celtics are a pathetic rebounding team, and the Wolves are one of the best, mostly because of Kevin Love.  And it’s not that I don’t think the Celtics have a shot at winning this game.  Rajon Rondo is back, the Wolves don’t have Andrei Kirilenko, and they’ve been dealing with injuries all year long.   They give up a lot of points, but I just get this feeling that the Celtics will play decent D, and then get burned on rebound after rebound.
I shudder to think of what the points in the paint and second chance points numbers will be tonight.

Wolves 98
Celtics 94

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  • Curt

    You forgot to factor in the abscence of Joey Crawford, that’s good for at least 7 more points for Boston.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003407159234 Hugo

      . And you question and get mad when peolpe call you out for having a blatant bias against Miami This is a business and businesses always need to improve.. when you have old Shane Battier and a broken Mike Miller, you go out a get the best available replacement Get the F**k over it Enjoy your Garbage, I mean New York Knicks smh

  • Jon L

    i’d like to see jared sullinger against kevin love, i feel like that’d be an exciting match-up to watch…might just be me

    • Jester00

      I agree

  • zippittyay

    I predict a Gino appearance tonight at The Garden.

  • David

    Given the accuracy of just about every prediction so far, I guess this means we’ll be getting a win tonight! ^.^