It was a tough night for the Minnesota Timberwolves on both ends of the floor as the Boston Celtics cruised to a 104-94 victory. After a solid first half showing, Minnesota couldn’t close the game letting Boston tally up 57 points in the 2nd half. The Wolves struggled once again at the free throw line shooting 47% (14-30). Kevin Love continued to struggled with his mid-range and 3-point game making just 6 of his 15 attempts including another rough night beyond the arc dropping only of one of his five shots. Despite the poor shooting performance he still finished the game with a team-high 19 points and 13 rebounds. Luke Ridnour lead the team in assists with 5 and added 11 points. Rookie Alexey Shved has quickly made a new for himself as he finished with 11 points on 4 of 11 shooting including two 3-pointers. Fellow Russian Andrei Kirilenko sat out again with his reoccurring back spasms and could return as soon as Friday.
Rajon Rondo returned to action for the first time since serving his 2-game suspension for the brawl he started against he Brooklyn Nets (Rondo apparently spent his time relaxing down in Mexico). As usual Rondo was in double figures in assist with 11 and had a double double of his own adding 17 points. Kevin Garnett kept his undefeated streak against his former Timberwolves alive with 18 points and 10 rebounds. The Celtic’s Ray Allen replacement, Jason Terry, got it done against the Wolves draining 7 of 10 from the field for 17 points with 3 of his makes being from beyond the arc. Paul Pierce had a less than stellar game for himself with his 1 of 6 shooting from the 3-point line but he still managed with a team high 18 points and a win for the team.
The Timberwolves return home now to face the struggling Cleveland Cavaliers and are hoping for a possible Ricky Rubio Return to the court as well as Andrei Kirilenko. The Cavaliers could be without rookie Dion Waiters (ankle) and Kyrie Irving (finger).