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Recap: KG, Celtics control Wolves

John - Red's Army (@RedsArmy_John) December 5, 2012 Recaps 24 Comments

The Celtics started aggressively, but faded down the stretch of the second quarter to lull us all into believing we were in for another frustrating dog fight.

But they took control of the game in the second half to push their lead up as high as 17 before settling for a 104-94 win.  The starters, led by Kevin Garnett, demolished the Timberwolves… scoring 82 of the Celtics 104 points.

The Green:  Kevin Garnett lit up his old team for 18 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists.  He just loooooooves playing against his old team.

Gotta give some love to Brandon Bass in this spot too.  After a pretty non-existent first half, he erupted to score 8 points in just over 3 minutes to start the third, and finished with 12 points and 8 rebounds.

Also props to Jared Sullinger who did some serious work in 18 minutes of play.  He got to the line 6 times, hit 5, got 7 boards, 2 blocks, and drew another charge.  I love this kid.

And…. are you ready for this???

The Celtics out-rebounded the Timberwolves 45-41.

The Gross:  The Celtics had 10 first half turnovers and spent plenty of time in the second quarter especially whipping the ball all over the floor with very little regard for where Minnesota defenders were.  I can appreciate being aggressive… but they were just careless in the second quarter.

Also, Luke Ridnour picked on Rajon Rondo for a stretch in pick-and-rolls that Rondo clearly had no interest in defending.

The Greenlights:

Rondo to KG… the Causeway Street Connection

Rondo splits 2 defenders and nails the floater

The Grid (quick stats):

  • Jason Terry shot 7-10 for 17 points, but he also grabbed 5 rebounds.
  • Jeff Green shot 4-9 for 8 points in just under 23 minutes.  He added 4 rebounds and 2 assists.
  • Minnesota was 14-30 from the free throw line (46.7%).
  • Paul Pierce tied for a team-high with 18 points, but he continues to struggle with his shot, shooting 6-15 (40%) and only 1-6 from 3.
  • The Celtics gave up 13 offensive rebounds, but Minnesota couldn’t fully capitalize and they finished with 16 second chance points.  The Celtics had 12 second chance points.

I’m not sure how much of Kevin Love’s crappy shooting night was defense and how much was him just sucking on the back-end of a back-to-back… but that was a huge help for the C’s.  He did have early foul trouble, but that doesn’t excuse 40% shooting from the field and 50% shooting from the line.   Pekovic got loose for 19 and 9, but they survived that too thanks to some hot shooting from a bunch of different guys.  It seems like everyone went on little streaks where they hit a bunch of buckets in a row.

Celtics get a night off, then they start a home-and-home series with the 76’ers on Friday night.

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  • Mohas

    Wow I was execs ring the win tonight but I never thought Celtics will out rebound one of the best rebounding team of the league. Wanna see more games like this…

  • JETson

    Go get Gasol – trade as much of the current bench as necessary. Sullinger is good but he won’t be an all-star in this league. Why not trade with the lakers at this point…that argument is silly

    If not, Gortat or AlJef are best options

    • http://mrcuret.wordpress.com mrcuret

      Are you high? In case you don’t know Gasol is 32 & on the downside of his career, not to mention that he’s currently sidelined with a knee injury. Why would the Celtics “trade as much of the current bench” for him? What kind of nonsense is that?

  • Drew

    New plan, predict a loss every game.

  • Victory18

    Are you a prophet bro?? How would u what success Sully is going to have in league smdh

  • zippittyay

    Gino!

  • JETson

    Do you think he will be? I love the kid but not sure his build/game will allow him to get to that level in the NBA. SMDH that you used ‘SMDH’

  • Victory18

    He’s not flashing but he knows how to play the game, he’s only going to get better with KG around and if he continues to work on his game

  • Sheets

    Danny don’t be a hypocrit, trade Paul Pierce. Nows the time to pull the trigger, Green may or may not be ready to take over but I think he will excel in a starting position. He can’t be worse than Pierce.

    • LA Flake

      13 years of excellence.

      THIRTEEN MOTHAF**KING YEARS OF EXCELLENCE.

      And you’re ready to ditch him because he’s having a bad month?

      • Sheets

        He sucks and you know it.

        • Drew

          You people that are ready to dump Paul Pierce make me sick. In a league full of back stabbing, disloyal, egomaniacal jerks I’d expect a Celtics fan to show a little more loyalty to a man who has done what he has for this franchise.

          • Sheets

            Ok so keep him until he’s got nothing left and not get any talent in return. We all know what happens when loyalty overrides what’s best for the team. Maybe we’ll be a lottery team in a few years.

      • Noori

        Well said LA Flake well said

  • Emerald City Gold Mine…

    This is an interesting crossroads the Celtics may be approaching here….there’s definitely a few really intriguing big men out there to be had via trade….and we’ve got some valuable guard assets. The question is; who do you go after & what are you willing to give up? And, how much is it worth it to mortgage more of the future right now? IE: 2014-2015 FA group coming up with REAL TALENT – Kevin Love! I realize DA is very much aware of this…

  • JR99

    I don’t understand somebody, anybody picking “on Rajon Rondo for a stretch in pick-and-rolls that Rondo clearly had no interest in defending.” WTH is that about?? WHY does Rondo get to pick and choose when he defends his man and when he lets him walk on by to the paint, or wherever he wants to go?

    Because RR is doing that A LOT this season… like, all the damn time. Why? Why are they letting him? Why doesn’t Doc insist that he DEFEND? What is going on here?

    • LA Flake

      Psst. Because he’s an MVP candidate. We need him to rack up huge numbers and unfortunately, there are no points for defending the pick and roll.

      Rondo is a BEAST!

  • GreenCro

    OFF-TOPIC ALERT!
    Sorry guys, but just had to share this one w/ you
    http://www.nba.com/video/channels/nba_tv/2012/12/06/20121205-kareem-abdul-jabbar-on-kobe.nba
    Yeah Kobe is our great nemesis (nevertheless he’s one of the best to play the game, true admiration in that respect), but is so nice to hear Kareem’s words about Celtics (Russel’s and 80’s)!
    Check it out!
    ;)

  • Eddie Allen Powe

    Mickael Pietrus had 21 pts tonight for the Raptors
    2 of them were nice dunks in the loss

    Whats Jeff Green’s season high?

    • KY Celts fan

      19 pts. In a win. Big Deal.

    • Curt

      Green would probably average 21 ppg for the Raptors. The Celtics aren’t a D League team like Toronto.

    • Franklin

      #1 he’s on the raptors. Demar derozan is there star player…enough said. #2 what’s the corelation? Greens had 2 dunks in a game before. He’s scored 21 before. Please give mickaels state line after he plays 30 games before you insinuate he’s better than green.

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