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Title: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: FLCeltsFan on January 04, 2018, 10:09:35 PM
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Minnesota Timberwolves (24-15) at Boston Celtics (31-10)
Friday, January 5, 2018
7:00 PM ET
Regular Season Game #42, Home Game #23
TV:  ESPN, NBCSB
Radio: 98.5 Sports Hub, WCCO-AM 830
TD Garden

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Probable Starters
PG(https://basketball.realgm.com/images/nba/4.2/profiles/photos/2006/Irving_Kyrie_bos17.jpg) SG(https://basketball.realgm.com/images/nba/4.2/profiles/photos/2006/Brown_Jaylen_bos17.jpg) SF(https://basketball.realgm.com/images/nba/4.2/profiles/photos/2006/Tatum_Jayson_bos17.jpg) PF (https://basketball.realgm.com/images/nba/4.2/profiles/photos/2006/Horford_Al_bos17.jpg)C(https://basketball.realgm.com/images/nba/4.2/profiles/photos/2006/Baynes_Aron_bos17.jpg)
PG: Kyrie Irving
SG: Jaylen Brown
SF:  Jayson Tatum
PF:  Al Horford
C:   Aron Baynes

Celtics Reserves
Abdel Nader
Daniel Theis
Guerschon Yabusele
Terry Rozier
Shane Larkin
Marcus Smart
Semi Ojeleye

Injuries
Gordon Hayward (ankle)  out
Marcus Morris (knee)  out

Two Way Players
Kadeem Allen
Jabari Bird

Coach
Brad Stevens


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Probable Starters
PG(http://www.nba.com/media/playerfile/tyus_jones.jpg)SG(http://www.nba.com/media/playerfile/jimmy_butler.jpg)SF(http://www.nba.com/media/playerfile/andrew_wiggins.jpg) PF(http://www.nba.com/media/playerfile/taj_gibson.jpg) C(http://www.nba.com/media/playerfile/karl-anthony_towns.jpg)
PG: Tyus Jones
SG: Jimmy Butler
SF:  Andrew Wiggins
PF:  Taj Gibson
C:   Karl-Anthony Towns

Timberwolves Reserves

Cole Aldrich
Nemanja Bjelica
Aaron Brooks
Jamal Crawford
Gorgui Dieng
Marcus Georges-Hunt
Shabazz Muhammad
Justin Patton

Injuries
Jeff Teague (MCL) out
Tyus Jones (lips) game time decision

Two Way Players
Anthony Brown

Coach
Tom Thibodeau

Game Notes
The Minnesota Timberwolves make their only visit to the TD Garden this season.  The Celtics will travel to Minnesota on March 8 for the second and final regular season game between them.  The Celtics won the series 2-0 last season, but both of these teams have changed almost entirely in this off season.  The Wolves have lost their last 11 games at TD Garden. 

The Wolves are 4th in the West while the Celtics remain 1st in the East, 2.5 games ahead of the Raptors and 4.5 games ahead of Cleveland.  Both teams are 7-3 in their last 10 games.  The Celtics are 17-5 at home while the Wolves are 11-9 on the road.  The Celtics are 11-2 against the West and the Wolves are 4-9 against the East.  The Celtics are looking for their 5th straight win while the Wolves are looking to get back in the win column after losing on Wednesday.

The Celtics appear to be almost back to full strength other than Gordon Hayward, who is out for the season with an ankle injury.  Jeff Teague has missed the last 4 games with a sprained MCL and is listed as out indefinitely.  Tyus Jones received stitches in his lip after Wednesday's game vs the Nets and is considered a game time decision for this one.

After playing in two straight games and starting against the Cavaliers, Marcus Morris is listed as out for this game as he continues to rehab his balky knee.  I'm not sure if he will play in Saturday's game and so they are picking one of the back to back games or if he will miss both.   I've listed Minnesota's starting lineup from their game notes but that could change if Tyus Jones can't play. 

Key Matchups
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Butler is playing very well since being traded from Chicago to Minnesota in the offseason.  He is averaging 21.8 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 4.9 assists.  He always seems to play hard against the Celtics and usually has a big game.  Butler is also a good defender and so Jaylen will need to work for his points in this game. 

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Aron Baynes vs Karl Anthony Towns 
With Morris expected to miss this games I'm guessing that Baynes will be back in the starting lineup.  Towns is very versatile and is playing very well.  He is averaging 20.1 points, 11.5 rebounds and 1.6 blocks.  Baynes will have his hands full trying to slow down the Wolves 7' center who is versatile enough to have beaten Isaiah Thomas in the Skills Challenge. 

Honorable Mention

Jayson Tatum vs Andrew Wiggins
The Celtics rookie will be tasked with guarding the Wolves 4th year star.  Wiggins is averaging 17.7 points, 4.0 rebounds, and 1.7 assists.  This should be a good matchup of talented young players.   

Keys to the Game:
Defense Defense Defense!!  Defense is the key to winning every game, but particularly this one.  The Timberwolves average 108.4 points per game, which is 7th in the league,  while the Celtics average 103.4 points per game (20th).   The Celtics had slipped somewhat on defense but seemed to be getting back to it against Cleveland.  It seems odd for a Thibodeau coached team to be 23rd with a defensive rating of 107.5.  The Celtics remain first with a defensive rating of 100.4.  The Celtics must continue to make defense a priority and play tough individual and team defense if they want to win this one.   

Take Care of the Ball - The Wolves are 2nd in the league with 18.9 points off turnovers.  The Celtics need to take care of the ball and focus on making good passes because if they get sloppy,  the Wolves will certainly make them pay.

Rebound -  The Celtics had been rebounding very well this season but like the defense, they slacked off in that area.  But also like defense, they seemed to get back to it, outrebounding the Cavs 52-48.  They are averaging 44.2 rebounds per game to 41.3 rebounds per game for the Wolves.  The Wolves are 5th in Points in the Paint with 47.7 and 6th in Second Chance Points with 14.1.  The Celtics need to put in extra effort to crash the boards and beat the Wolves to the rebounds and limit their second chance points. 

Be Aggressive - One of the strengths of the Celtics has been their aggressiveness on the court.  They need to be aggressive in going after rebounds, on defense, in attacking the basket and in going after loose balls.  The more aggressive team will also usually get more calls from the officials.  The Celtics must be the more aggressive team and be the team that plays harder. 

Play Hard 48 Minutes -  The Celtics at times will start off slow and then have to dig themselves out of a an early hole or else, they start strong and get a big lead and then let the opponent back into the game and have to fight right up until the end.  The Celtics have had 16 games where they fell behind by 11 or more.  They are 8-8 in those games.  They need to get off to a strong start and play hard right up until the final buzzer. 

X-Factors
Home Sweet Home
- The Celtics are playing at home for the fourth straight game. They have played well at home with a 17-5 record at the TD Garden.  The Celtics have won 11 straight against the Timberwolves at the TD Garden.   The Celtics need to get a boost from the home crowd and defend their home court. 

The Gang's All Here - The Celtics are finally all healthy with the exception of Gordon Hayward.  The Celtics have had to scramble to fill in for several players who have been out with various injuries and finally all should be available in this game.  That gives the Celtics versatility and depth, both of which should help them get a win. 

Let Down Game
-  The Celtics are coming off a big emotional win over the Cavaliers and sometimes teams tend to let down their guard and not play as hard following an emotional game like that one.  There aren't former players to play against and the Wolves aren't a rival like the Cavs are but the Celtics need to come out focused and play hard as every game counts and not just the big ones against former players or big rivals. 
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: Csfan1984 on January 04, 2018, 10:10:16 PM
Here we go
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: FLCeltsFan on January 04, 2018, 10:10:33 PM
TP to  Csfan1984  for being the first to post in the game thread!!

GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO Celtics!! 
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: 2short on January 04, 2018, 10:13:03 PM
Snowbound! If we don't loose power would love to watch the game and not shovel!!!
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: Surferdad on January 04, 2018, 10:15:46 PM
Top 3?  Go Celts, keep the streak going!
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: nickagneta on January 04, 2018, 10:17:30 PM
Another big win coming. Let's go Cs!!!!🍀🍀🍀🍀
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: azzenfrost on January 04, 2018, 10:28:14 PM
The Wolves have hot starts. Another defensive game please.
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: Ilikesports17 on January 04, 2018, 10:38:05 PM
Tyus Jones (lips) game time decision
Odd
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: SHAQATTACK on January 04, 2018, 10:41:45 PM
Tyus Jones (lips) game time decision
Odd


lemons ....
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: BlastFromThePast on January 04, 2018, 10:45:39 PM
Tyus Jones (lips) game time decision
Odd


lemons ....

Sunk a ship...
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: liam on January 04, 2018, 10:52:29 PM
Snowbound! If we don't loose power would love to watch the game and not shovel!!!

My back is telling me to stop shoveling. Go Celtics!
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: Jiri Welsch on January 05, 2018, 01:34:30 AM
Go Celtics!! Drinks on Roy H. if they win!!
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: trickybilly on January 05, 2018, 02:46:47 AM
Actually a pretty big game this one. Minny are beasting. Real vet team with maturity now. Hurts them with Teague going down... he was having a nice year.

TP for FL for the Butler mention. That guy always just put Chi on his back against us.

My suggestion a few weeks ago to trade Rozier for Muhammed hasn't aged well.
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: hodgy03038 on January 05, 2018, 07:29:25 AM
Go Celts! Need this one.
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: Celts Fan 508 on January 05, 2018, 08:44:58 AM
Iíve been looking forward to this matchup, I love watching KAT and I hope Borford can shut him down
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: celticinorlando on January 05, 2018, 12:58:59 PM
This one is going to be a tough one. T Wolves can beat you in so many ways
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: SHAQATTACK on January 05, 2018, 02:16:34 PM
Butler , Wiggins and Townes .....Celtics could loose this just as easy as win .   

A win though would look good for the Celtics against a quality playoff team.

will take a big team effort to beat this team
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: BringToughnessBack on January 05, 2018, 02:39:53 PM
Go Celtics! This will be a toughie for sure. We all know which opposing coach is going to be ready for a Defensive challenge- Looking forward to seeing some of their younger players vs. ours.
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: liam on January 05, 2018, 05:15:15 PM
Go Celtics! This will be a toughie for sure. We all know which opposing coach is going to be ready for a Defensive challenge- Looking forward to seeing some of their younger players vs. ours.

Jaylen going up against Butler ought to be very entertaining!
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: CelticSooner on January 05, 2018, 06:49:10 PM
I think the C's will be just fine in this. Minnesota doesn't care about defense whether Thibs wants them to or not.
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: CelticSooner on January 05, 2018, 07:04:16 PM
The Truth has spoken. Sorry IT you'll have to wait now lol
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: PAOBoston on January 05, 2018, 07:08:18 PM
Didn't realize the Cs have dominated the WC. 11-2 this year.
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: cltc5 on January 05, 2018, 07:14:59 PM
 Brown becoming trade bait again
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: Surferdad on January 05, 2018, 07:17:44 PM
Baynes guarding Taj and Horford on Townes. Iím a bit surprised.
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: mr. dee on January 05, 2018, 07:19:23 PM
The blizzard could have been affecting both teams with their poor shooting tonight.
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: PAOBoston on January 05, 2018, 07:23:53 PM
Tatum with the hammer rover Towns
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: BlastFromThePast on January 05, 2018, 07:24:00 PM
Great dish by KI to Baynes
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: Surferdad on January 05, 2018, 07:26:08 PM
The blizzard could have been affecting both teams with their poor shooting tonight.
It is also affecting CB Forum.  Quiet here tonight.
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: makaveli on January 05, 2018, 07:26:13 PM
kyrie on trp dbl watch, got some early rebounds and assists
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: mr. dee on January 05, 2018, 07:30:16 PM
Yabu sighting early.
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: Surferdad on January 05, 2018, 07:30:22 PM
Really young lineup. Theis is the oldest player at 25.
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: Rosco917 on January 05, 2018, 07:30:37 PM
Rozier looking really good of late. Good for him, and us.
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: Dino Pitino on January 05, 2018, 07:30:57 PM
Yabusele in for a minute lol.
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: jpotter33 on January 05, 2018, 07:31:40 PM
Both Smart and Rozier have looked so good lately.
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: mr. dee on January 05, 2018, 07:33:58 PM
Smart getting more comfortable with his shooting, hopefully.
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: Dino Pitino on January 05, 2018, 07:34:23 PM
Smart's jumper looks good.
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: BlastFromThePast on January 05, 2018, 07:35:32 PM
Smart getting more comfortable with his shooting, hopefully.

True, but the detractors will only look at the box score and not realize that his last shot at the end of the quarter was a more than half court heave.
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: Chief on January 05, 2018, 07:35:33 PM
Both Smart and Rozier have looked so good lately.

I'd still trade Rozier, if the right trade came around.
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: Vox_Populi on January 05, 2018, 07:35:35 PM
Rozer inexplicably leaving Jamal Crawford open on the wing. I know they went to the zone, but that shouldn't happen.
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: Chief on January 05, 2018, 07:36:09 PM
Yabusele in for a minute lol.

I hope not
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: mr. dee on January 05, 2018, 07:39:29 PM
Ojeleye still laying bricks.
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: PAOBoston on January 05, 2018, 07:40:23 PM
2nd unit not really playing that great so far
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: BlastFromThePast on January 05, 2018, 07:40:50 PM
Nice finish by Smart on the layup
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: bostonsportsforlife on January 05, 2018, 07:41:11 PM
Nice dish by Tatum
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: PAOBoston on January 05, 2018, 07:42:45 PM
Smart keeping them afloat right now.
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: jpotter33 on January 05, 2018, 07:43:37 PM
Man, Smart looks really, really good. Imagine how valuable he'd be if he shot like this more often.
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: Chief on January 05, 2018, 07:43:52 PM
Al favoring that knee.
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: PAOBoston on January 05, 2018, 07:44:50 PM
Brickfest
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: jpotter33 on January 05, 2018, 07:44:56 PM
We miss Morris out there.
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: BlastFromThePast on January 05, 2018, 07:45:19 PM
C's shooting as cold as it is outside.  1-11 from 3
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: Chief on January 05, 2018, 07:46:01 PM
Wow Rozier!
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: mr. dee on January 05, 2018, 07:46:02 PM
C's shooting as cold as it is outside.  1-11 from 3

Good thing Minny isn't any much better this game.
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: CelticSooner on January 05, 2018, 07:46:26 PM
First team to 70 wins
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: liam on January 05, 2018, 07:47:02 PM
Wow Rozier!

That was a big boy move!
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: Vox_Populi on January 05, 2018, 07:47:36 PM
Theis did a great job to deny the easy entry to Towns. If the Celtics don't start excessively fouling, I think they'll be fine.

And then they foul again.
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: Rosco917 on January 05, 2018, 07:47:58 PM
Morris is that extra scorer we need out there.
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: jpotter33 on January 05, 2018, 07:50:51 PM
More BS bailout calls for Towns. 9-1 on fouls.  ::)
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: BlastFromThePast on January 05, 2018, 07:51:35 PM
Townes is on pace for a double-double...in the 1st half.
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: mr. dee on January 05, 2018, 07:51:50 PM
Time to put Smart on Towns ;D
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: jpotter33 on January 05, 2018, 07:52:33 PM
Omg, an "offensive foul" on Irving there?? Just get on your freaking knees for them, zebras! 10-2 on fouls!
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: CelticSooner on January 05, 2018, 07:53:03 PM
This Minnesota team is just too cool for school.
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: mr. dee on January 05, 2018, 07:54:15 PM
Need to secure rebounds better.
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: Vox_Populi on January 05, 2018, 07:55:22 PM
Need to secure rebounds better.
Pathetic effort tonight.
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: Surferdad on January 05, 2018, 07:55:39 PM
More BS bailout calls for Towns. 9-1 on fouls.  ::)
Horford didnít touch him. Lame refs
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: BlastFromThePast on January 05, 2018, 07:56:04 PM
More BS bailout calls for Towns. 9-1 on fouls.  ::)

Once Butler and Wiggins go to the hoop, the disparity will be much wider.

Problem is the C's are settling for 3 pointers (as usual), which is why they're not getting to the line, and they're missing open looks outside.
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: SHAQATTACK on January 05, 2018, 07:57:50 PM
Townes literally wreckingthe celtics .....he is so big and kinda lumbering slug ......his mass breaks players who colide with him.
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: jpotter33 on January 05, 2018, 07:58:01 PM
Great, Horford went to the locker room after rubbing his left knee..
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: SHAQATTACK on January 05, 2018, 07:58:26 PM
Great, Horford went to the locker room after rubbing his left knee..

he killed IT .....hip
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: mr. dee on January 05, 2018, 07:59:20 PM
Why is Kyrie guarding Butler?
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: BlastFromThePast on January 05, 2018, 08:00:48 PM
Why is Kyrie guarding Butler?

Switching defense, their bugaboo which I hate, as Brown got screened off.  Should be trying harder.
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: SHAQATTACK on January 05, 2018, 08:02:24 PM
never win this without horford
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: YoungOne87 on January 05, 2018, 08:03:08 PM
baynes and his brick hands...
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: jpotter33 on January 05, 2018, 08:03:10 PM
So impressed with Smart's half. Seems to play much better within the arc than shooting the three.
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: CelticSooner on January 05, 2018, 08:03:13 PM
Watch Towns on defense. It's pretty comical.
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: Phantom255x on January 05, 2018, 08:04:02 PM
Well... I see this has been a relative snooze fest so far...  :laugh:
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: liam on January 05, 2018, 08:04:06 PM
Up 2 at the half.
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: SHAQATTACK on January 05, 2018, 08:04:55 PM
So impressed with Smart's half. Seems to play much better within the arc than shooting the three.

his game is looking like a version of ET .....w could use the little inside dink game
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: Mike Pemulis on January 05, 2018, 08:06:24 PM
Smart eats pieces of crap like Wiggins for breakfast.
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: mr. dee on January 05, 2018, 08:06:50 PM
Such a low scoring half. How low can they hold the Minny though.
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: Surferdad on January 05, 2018, 08:08:18 PM
Well... I see this has been a relative snooze fest so far...  :laugh:
Weird game due to awful FG% by both teams. Get the feeling somebody is going to get a hot hand and deliver for their team.
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: KGs Knee on January 05, 2018, 08:09:54 PM
Smart and Rozier look good again tonight.   Those two are just so dang confounding.
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: SHAQATTACK on January 05, 2018, 08:11:18 PM
Hope Tatum steps up and takes over.
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: SparzWizard on January 05, 2018, 08:15:32 PM
Is Kyrie playing hurt? I noticed he's been scoring so less points the last couple games (including tonight).
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: nickagneta on January 05, 2018, 08:16:14 PM
TWolves are holding the Celtics down with good defense. Celtics just can't throw the ball through the hoop. When the shots start dropping in 2nd half I see Cs walking away with this.
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: Phantom255x on January 05, 2018, 08:17:35 PM
Smart with 10 points on 5-9 shooting. Rozier with 7 points on 3-5 shooting and 5 rebounds.

Smart and Rozier are looking great lately!  ;D

Definitely helps the bench along with a healthy Morris (although they are missing him tonight).
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: footey on January 05, 2018, 08:17:48 PM
Missing a lot of open 3ís. Feels ripe for another t ro takeover.
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: BringToughnessBack on January 05, 2018, 08:19:06 PM
Settled in and ready for second half. Thought it was 8 start time! I see D is continuing but what is up with fouls?! Heard them call Smart Smarty Pants!! haha...hmmm..not bad😁🍷
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: Phantom255x on January 05, 2018, 08:20:26 PM
Settled in and ready for second half. Thought it was 8 start time! I see D is continuing but what is up with fouls?! Heard them call Smart Smarty Pants!! haha...hmmm..not bad😁🍷

Could be wrong, but I think they changed the start time for some reason. That's why it was 7.

Idk why though.
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: jpotter33 on January 05, 2018, 08:20:43 PM
Crap, Horford questionable to return with a sore left knee.  :(
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: jpotter33 on January 05, 2018, 08:22:25 PM
We've missed a ton of bunnies and wide open shots.
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: liam on January 05, 2018, 08:25:07 PM
Jaylen Brown!!!
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: liam on January 05, 2018, 08:27:44 PM
Towns gets some calls.
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: jpotter33 on January 05, 2018, 08:28:14 PM
Good Lord, Brown, play freaking smart! You're 1-6 from three, so why would you shoot one that quick off of the offensive board??
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: BlastFromThePast on January 05, 2018, 08:29:43 PM
Good Lord, Brown, play freaking smart! You're 1-6 from three, so why would you shoot one that quick off of the offensive board??

Team 3-21 overall from 3. 

Go to the hole!
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: Phantom255x on January 05, 2018, 08:31:02 PM
Man this is brutal to watch...
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: jpotter33 on January 05, 2018, 08:31:22 PM
So, are we going to do anything about this offense, or are we content with them simply jacking up threes all night?
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: YoungOne87 on January 05, 2018, 08:32:02 PM
very unfriendly rims for us tonight..so many in and outs...
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: liam on January 05, 2018, 08:32:16 PM
So, are we going to do anything about this offense, or are we content with them simply jacking up threes all night?

Just going to jack up threes all night.
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: blink on January 05, 2018, 08:32:19 PM
lets stop shooting so many 3s...we are ice cold from deep. 
push the ball movement and try to get to the rim.  time to work inside out
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: BlastFromThePast on January 05, 2018, 08:34:02 PM
So, are we going to do anything about this offense, or are we content with them simply jacking up threes all night?

What do you suggest "we" do?  Gang rush the C's bench?  This is about coaching.  No time outs by CBS so he is content with the shot selection apparently believing the shots will start to go down.  But, it's live by the 3, DIE by the 3.
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: BlastFromThePast on January 05, 2018, 08:35:53 PM
Theis made up for his bad pass with great D on Butler forcing the TO.
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: jpotter33 on January 05, 2018, 08:36:24 PM
SHOOT THE FREAKING LAYUP RATHER THAN PASSING IT OUT TO A THREE!! Good freaking grief, why the hell would you pass up that floater, Kyrie??
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: mr. dee on January 05, 2018, 08:36:39 PM
Too much passing and few are cutting
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: BlastFromThePast on January 05, 2018, 08:37:27 PM
Right there is what I've been talking about.  Brown switched off onto the guard too quickly leaving KI on Butler at the side of the paint.
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: celticinorlando on January 05, 2018, 08:37:55 PM
About had it with Jaylen Brown
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: Phantom255x on January 05, 2018, 08:38:12 PM
 :(
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: Phantom255x on January 05, 2018, 08:39:13 PM
Are we going to put up 80 points tonight??
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: celticinorlando on January 05, 2018, 08:39:46 PM
Lazy offense

Chucking threes late in the shot clock
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: jpotter33 on January 05, 2018, 08:39:53 PM
Smart is straight POWNING Wiggins tonight.
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: YoungOne87 on January 05, 2018, 08:40:03 PM
if towns could defend he would be a leading candidate for mvp, but unfortunately for him, he is terrible  :o
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: celticinorlando on January 05, 2018, 08:40:27 PM
Go to the rim. Stop chucking
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: Atzar on January 05, 2018, 08:40:30 PM
What a dumb play by Wiggins.
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: Phantom255x on January 05, 2018, 08:41:03 PM
HAHA we'll take it!
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: celticinorlando on January 05, 2018, 08:41:19 PM
if towns could defend he would be a leading candidate for mvp, but unfortunately for him, he is terrible  :o

Very heavy footed
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: BlastFromThePast on January 05, 2018, 08:41:21 PM
Smart is straight POWNING Wiggins tonight.

Smart is in Wiggins' head.  Just blew the in-bounds pass after Smart blew by him for the layup. 
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: Vox_Populi on January 05, 2018, 08:41:31 PM
The bench has been excellent these last few games.
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: BringToughnessBack on January 05, 2018, 08:42:04 PM
Love seeing Smart continue to be super effective on both sides of floor!
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: liam on January 05, 2018, 08:42:04 PM
What a dumb play by Wiggins.

That is terrible...
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: Neurotic Guy on January 05, 2018, 08:42:45 PM
Theis made up for his bad pass with great D on Butler forcing the TO.

Theis with a big 3, good D and a nice traffic board in the last stretch to keep Wolves from stretching the lead.
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: jpotter33 on January 05, 2018, 08:42:52 PM
Smart is straight POWNING Wiggins tonight.

Smart is in Wiggins' head.  Just blew the in-bounds pass after Smart blew by him for the layup.

Smart has owned real estate in Wiggins' head ever since college, at least defensively. But tonight he's besting Wiggins on both sides of the ball, usually with Wiggins as his actual defender, too.
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: celticinorlando on January 05, 2018, 08:43:05 PM
Really see rozier or smart in the game then Brown. He has been bad the last few games
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: jpotter33 on January 05, 2018, 08:44:41 PM
WOW! That was a slick move by T-RO!
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: CelticsElite on January 05, 2018, 08:45:01 PM
Wow rozier looks like flashes of prime rondo when he drives around and finishes
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: mr. dee on January 05, 2018, 08:45:36 PM
Wow rozier looks like flashes of prime rondo

I've been comparing the two since Rozier came to the league.
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: celticinorlando on January 05, 2018, 08:45:36 PM
Stay aggressive with the drive
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: BringToughnessBack on January 05, 2018, 08:45:37 PM
TOWNS vs Horford.  Big Al vanishes vs big centers it seems..we would be so good with true center and al at the 4...of course al hits as typing this 😁
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: BringToughnessBack on January 05, 2018, 08:45:51 PM
Big Al!! 😁😁
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: Phantom255x on January 05, 2018, 08:46:11 PM
BIG AL!!
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: celticinorlando on January 05, 2018, 08:46:48 PM
Oh Jaylen. Go shoot some more shots in the snow
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: liam on January 05, 2018, 08:46:59 PM
Nice end to the quarter!
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: jpotter33 on January 05, 2018, 08:47:39 PM
I understand why Brad is having Morris play tomorrow instead of tonight, but man we could've used Morris' extra offense tonight.
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: mr. dee on January 05, 2018, 08:47:50 PM
Taj Gibson with only 1 rebound. hmmmm
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: celticinorlando on January 05, 2018, 08:48:53 PM
Up three and shooting a dismal percentage from three. Time to take  it over
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: aingeforthree on January 05, 2018, 08:48:55 PM
Rozierís a nasty ball player
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: BlastFromThePast on January 05, 2018, 08:49:14 PM
Taj Gibson with only 1 rebound. hmmmm

Townes gobbled up the rest.  15 at last count.  Flirting with a 20/20 game.
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: celticinorlando on January 05, 2018, 08:49:59 PM
Baynes working hard but man he has missed some bunnies tonight
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: BringToughnessBack on January 05, 2018, 08:50:10 PM
The way Kyrie hits those at end of quarter is how I imagine us winning game 7 vs Cavs in the 4th to go to finals a year earlier then we should!
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: tstorey_97 on January 05, 2018, 08:51:42 PM
Contrast between Cleveland the other night and the young/hustle T-Wolves is marked.

Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: celticinorlando on January 05, 2018, 08:52:35 PM
Please check Crawford
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: CelticSooner on January 05, 2018, 08:53:32 PM
If the C's could hit some shots this game would be just about over.
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: BlastFromThePast on January 05, 2018, 08:53:41 PM
Little alley oop to the rim.  Need to see more of that.
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: PAOBoston on January 05, 2018, 08:54:20 PM
Towns is an offensive force. Has like every shot for a big man.
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: BlastFromThePast on January 05, 2018, 08:55:19 PM
Theis with nice screen/wall off creating space for Rozier.

Now Baynes does the favor for Smart.

C's finally find a way to get to the basket and need to continue exploiting that chink in the TW D.
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: Neurotic Guy on January 05, 2018, 08:56:01 PM
Terry 2 boards shy of double-double.

Actually, 5 players with potential double-doubles tonight.

Thies 2 point away
Baynes 1 point away
Terry 2 boards away
KI 2 assists away
Al 3 points and 2 assists away

Not sure any team has ever had 5 double-doubles in one game. 
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: jpotter33 on January 05, 2018, 08:56:54 PM
So, so impressed with the play of Smart and Rozier lately. Loving this more aggressive Smart going to the basket and the more controlled play of Rozier.
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: celticinorlando on January 05, 2018, 08:57:08 PM
Jimmy butler gets a lot of calls he is not worthly of
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: YoungOne87 on January 05, 2018, 08:57:39 PM
if only we could hit some wiiiiiiiiiiiiiideeeeeeeeeeeeeee open threes...
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: PAOBoston on January 05, 2018, 08:57:50 PM
Rozier is legit oozing confidence right now. Like everywhere.
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: CelticSooner on January 05, 2018, 08:58:01 PM
Aron "The Wall" Baynes
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: YoungOne87 on January 05, 2018, 08:58:42 PM
wolves daring us to shoot...
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: Rosco917 on January 05, 2018, 08:58:42 PM
I love the pace Rozier creates. He really pushes it.
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: BringToughnessBack on January 05, 2018, 08:58:55 PM
Smart and Terry driving us home!
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: blink on January 05, 2018, 08:58:56 PM
maybe Terry pulled the lid off the bucket with that 3?  i hope so, because this is agonizing watching so many missed 3s
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: jpotter33 on January 05, 2018, 08:59:04 PM
So, so impressed with the play of Smart and Rozier lately. Loving this more aggressive Smart going to the basket and the more controlled play of Rozier.

Smart a +19 and Rozier a +14, with the next best Celtic at +7 in Baynes, who has played a lot with these two. Those are some really good numbers for a nine point game that has been very tight throughout.
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: CelticSooner on January 05, 2018, 08:59:18 PM
1 outta 3 ain't bad  ;D
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: Vox_Populi on January 05, 2018, 08:59:27 PM
Finally...thank you Terry.
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: YoungOne87 on January 05, 2018, 08:59:33 PM
6-32  :-X
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: BringToughnessBack on January 05, 2018, 09:00:18 PM
So, so impressed with the play of Smart and Rozier lately. Loving this more aggressive Smart going to the basket and the more controlled play of Rozier.

Smart a +19 and Rozier a +14, with the next best Celtic at +7 in Baynes, who has played a lot with these two. Those are some really good numbers for a nine point game that has been very tight throughout.

Great follow up to game vs Cavs! Big numbers in tight game for sure!
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: blink on January 05, 2018, 09:00:26 PM
15 off rebounds is helping us out a lot on a miserable shooting night.
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: BlastFromThePast on January 05, 2018, 09:00:39 PM
The good thing about finally building a decent lead (9 pts) is that the TW aren't a good 3 pt shooting team.  28th in the league.

And KAT nails a corner 3 right after the TO.   :(
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: BringToughnessBack on January 05, 2018, 09:01:54 PM
I would feed Towns all night long.
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: celticinorlando on January 05, 2018, 09:03:28 PM
Oh look. Butler gets another call
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: PAOBoston on January 05, 2018, 09:04:01 PM
I would feed Towns all night long.
Don't get why they do so much ISO Butler. Towns is like automatic.
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: azzenfrost on January 05, 2018, 09:04:15 PM
I just woke up.

Go C's!
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: BlastFromThePast on January 05, 2018, 09:04:32 PM
Volleyball out there resulting in a Baynes stuff.
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: Rosco917 on January 05, 2018, 09:04:50 PM
C's keeping the boards, by not going so small.
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: blink on January 05, 2018, 09:06:06 PM
C's playing good d and controlling the boards here in the 4th.  This unit on the court has played well.  Smart and Rozier again with great games.
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: tstorey_97 on January 05, 2018, 09:06:21 PM
Baynes doing his best Kareem Abdul-Jabbar imitation on Minnies.

Heeza scoring machine
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: BlastFromThePast on January 05, 2018, 09:06:42 PM
KI with a brilliant read to tip the pass inside away for a steal.
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: celticinorlando on January 05, 2018, 09:06:45 PM
Put them away
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: blink on January 05, 2018, 09:07:28 PM
KI with a brilliant read to tip the pass inside away for a steal.

yeah that was great anticipation!
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: YoungOne87 on January 05, 2018, 09:07:35 PM
6-34  :-X
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: tstorey_97 on January 05, 2018, 09:07:41 PM
C's bench outscoring starters at this juncture.
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: celticinorlando on January 05, 2018, 09:07:45 PM
Threes are not dropping

Drive to the rim
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: BlastFromThePast on January 05, 2018, 09:07:49 PM
Theis shot from 3 as a designed play with 6 mins to play is not a good shot. 
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: mr. dee on January 05, 2018, 09:08:11 PM
6-34  :-X

And leads by 10. I think its a great sign.
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: Phantom255x on January 05, 2018, 09:08:41 PM
If this team had a sharpshooting specialist like Korver and could create this much space for him... oh man...  ;D
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: liam on January 05, 2018, 09:09:14 PM
If this team had a sharpshooting specialist like Korver and could create this much space for him... oh man...  ;D

I thought that was smart  ;D
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: PAOBoston on January 05, 2018, 09:09:36 PM
Well, they are definitely not afraid to continue taking 3s that is for sure.

Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: celticinorlando on January 05, 2018, 09:09:51 PM
Like rozier Kyrie Smart Tatum and horford together

Small but you have drivers and dogs on defense
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: blink on January 05, 2018, 09:09:54 PM
If this team had a sharpshooting specialist like Korver and could create this much space for him... oh man...  ;D

I thought that was smart  ;D

haha  tp
but I love smart too
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: YoungOne87 on January 05, 2018, 09:09:58 PM
6-34  :-X

And leads by 10. I think its a great sign.

just 2-3 more and this game would be over by now  :-\
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: mr. dee on January 05, 2018, 09:10:06 PM
If this team had a sharpshooting specialist like Korver and could create this much space for him... oh man...  ;D

I don't want to compromise defense for shooting. If we get both, then great.
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: Vox_Populi on January 05, 2018, 09:10:13 PM
It seems like Theis screws up horns entry passes once every two or three games.
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: Surferdad on January 05, 2018, 09:10:24 PM
Theis shot from 3 as a designed play with 6 mins to play is not a good shot.
Unless it goes in.
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: celticinorlando on January 05, 2018, 09:10:26 PM
6-34  :-X

And leads by 10. I think its a great sign.

Yeah. Defense is really getting it done tonight
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: azzenfrost on January 05, 2018, 09:10:32 PM
Why the 3's... They're up.
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: liam on January 05, 2018, 09:10:40 PM
If this team had a sharpshooting specialist like Korver and could create this much space for him... oh man...  ;D

I thought that was smart  ;D

haha  tp
but I love smart too

I love him too!
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: Phantom255x on January 05, 2018, 09:11:00 PM
If this team had a sharpshooting specialist like Korver and could create this much space for him... oh man...  ;D

I thought that was smart  ;D

(https://media1.tenor.com/images/e82c2cd09db0bf410917cda2ef22ffd4/tenor.gif?itemid=4986298)
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: BringToughnessBack on January 05, 2018, 09:11:19 PM
Our old D coach, Tom T makes me want to hit the gym tomorrrow...Man, he is like a square and needs to lose some weight! 😁 Never seen someone that square before
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: liam on January 05, 2018, 09:12:01 PM
If this team had a sharpshooting specialist like Korver and could create this much space for him... oh man...  ;D

I thought that was smart  ;D

(https://media1.tenor.com/images/e82c2cd09db0bf410917cda2ef22ffd4/tenor.gif?itemid=4986298)

Nice!
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: BlastFromThePast on January 05, 2018, 09:12:34 PM
Like rozier Kyrie Smart Tatum and horford together

Small but you have drivers and dogs on defense


I would prefer seeing Rozier, Smart, Tatum and Jaylen with Theis as the "running " unit.
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: liam on January 05, 2018, 09:12:54 PM
Two more stops and two more baskets and The Celtics have this...
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: CelticsElite on January 05, 2018, 09:13:46 PM
Kyrie close to his 2nd career triple double
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: Phantom255x on January 05, 2018, 09:14:16 PM
Our old D coach, Tom T makes me want to hit the gym tomorrrow...Man, he is like a square and needs to lose some weight! 😁 Never seen someone that square before

LOL I was just working out (at home) before the game.

I'll be honest though, I love winter and snow, but it's hard to have motivation to physically go to the gym or even workout in this bitter cold.  :P
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: Phantom255x on January 05, 2018, 09:14:50 PM
Jimmy Butler sure gets a ton of calls for a guy who isn't a superstar...  ::)
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: jpotter33 on January 05, 2018, 09:14:59 PM
Tatum!!
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: CelticsElite on January 05, 2018, 09:15:04 PM
Wow Tatum destroyed Wiggins lol
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: Phantom255x on January 05, 2018, 09:15:06 PM
Our old D coach, Tom T makes me want to hit the gym tomorrrow...Man, he is like a square and needs to lose some weight! 😁 Never seen someone that square before

LOL I was just working out (at home) before the game.

I'll be honest though, I love winter and snow, but it's hard to have motivation to physically go to the gym or even workout in this bitter cold.  :P
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: YoungOne87 on January 05, 2018, 09:15:08 PM
wolves are really dreadful tonight..
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: Rosco917 on January 05, 2018, 09:15:15 PM
Holy moly
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: knuckleballer on January 05, 2018, 09:15:21 PM
Absolutely beautiful move by Tatum!
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: PAOBoston on January 05, 2018, 09:15:43 PM
Tatum with a nice move!
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: liam on January 05, 2018, 09:15:52 PM
Wow Tatum destroyed Wiggins lol

I wouldn't trade Jaylen or Tatum for Wiggins....
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: BlastFromThePast on January 05, 2018, 09:15:54 PM
There you go.  Tatum for the flush. 
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: DefenseWinsChamps on January 05, 2018, 09:15:54 PM
The Wolves offensive plan this game was flailing and hoping for calls. We might keep them under 80. That's awesome defense and terrible offense, or both.
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: mr. dee on January 05, 2018, 09:16:06 PM
Wiggins gives up on a play so easy.
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: BringToughnessBack on January 05, 2018, 09:16:15 PM
Tatum with another glorious veteran move to the hoop!
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: Phantom255x on January 05, 2018, 09:16:15 PM
TATUM!!
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: CelticSooner on January 05, 2018, 09:16:47 PM
Tatum just slammed the door closed.
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: blink on January 05, 2018, 09:17:06 PM
good tatum!  good!

Wiggins should be a lot better def player at this point.  Not that I want him to be better tonight, but he has the physical tools to be a great defender.
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: Rosco917 on January 05, 2018, 09:17:17 PM
C's really have their legs back, and it shows on D
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: liam on January 05, 2018, 09:17:43 PM
The Wolves offensive plan this game was flailing and hoping for calls. We might keep them under 80. That's awesome defense and terrible offense, or both.

They got to the line twice as much as The Celtics so it worked to a degree...
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: Phantom255x on January 05, 2018, 09:18:02 PM
Smart 18 points. Rozier 14 points. WOW. 1st and 3rd leading scorers tonight  :o
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: tstorey_97 on January 05, 2018, 09:18:08 PM
Cold tonight...better warm up that Minnesota bus.

Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: Surferdad on January 05, 2018, 09:18:12 PM
Wow Tatum destroyed Wiggins lol

I wouldn't trade Jaylen or Tatum for Wiggins....
Really?  Not me
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: SparzWizard on January 05, 2018, 09:19:07 PM
Wow Tatum destroyed Wiggins lol

I wouldn't trade Jaylen or Tatum for Wiggins....
Really?  Not me

I would trade Jaylen, but not Tatum.
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: jpotter33 on January 05, 2018, 09:19:27 PM
Our old D coach, Tom T makes me want to hit the gym tomorrrow...Man, he is like a square and needs to lose some weight! 😁 Never seen someone that square before

LOL I was just working out (at home) before the game.

I'll be honest though, I love winter and snow, but it's hard to freaking leave the house have motivation to physically go to the gym or even workout in this bitter cold.  :P

FTFY.

Screw working out. It's too cold to even leave the house right now. It was -1 this morning in Cleveland when I walked outside for work, and it was windy as all hell, too. I have about 150 yards to walk from the parking garage to the Clinic, and my whole mustache was frozen over by the time I got inside!
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: jpotter33 on January 05, 2018, 09:20:35 PM
Held a top-5 offense to 84 points tonight! Add to that the GS and Cleveland games, and we are truly an elite defensive team!
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: Vox_Populi on January 05, 2018, 09:20:45 PM
Have the Celtics lost when they out-rebound their opponent this season? Can't be more than two surely.
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: tstorey_97 on January 05, 2018, 09:20:46 PM
Celtics are playing really well and the bench is a big part of it.
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: liam on January 05, 2018, 09:21:07 PM
Wow Tatum destroyed Wiggins lol

I wouldn't trade Jaylen or Tatum for Wiggins....
Really?  Not me

I like Jaylen and Tatum better than Wiggins. Wiggins is a one way player and he only has 10 points on 3-12 shooting. Wiggins is also on a max contract and Jaylen and Tatum are both on rookie contracts for a few more years.
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: PAOBoston on January 05, 2018, 09:21:31 PM
Another good win vs a likely playoff team.

Another win vs the WC.

I believe that is now 5 wins in a row.
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: YoungOne87 on January 05, 2018, 09:21:43 PM
91 points wont do it against the nets tho...
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: Ilikesports17 on January 05, 2018, 09:22:27 PM
One of the best wins of the season as far as I'm concerned.

Great performance against a really good team.
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: Phantom255x on January 05, 2018, 09:22:48 PM
Our old D coach, Tom T makes me want to hit the gym tomorrrow...Man, he is like a square and needs to lose some weight! 😁 Never seen someone that square before

LOL I was just working out (at home) before the game.

I'll be honest though, I love winter and snow, but it's hard to freaking leave the house have motivation to physically go to the gym or even workout in this bitter cold.  :P

FTFY.

Screw working out. It's too cold to even leave the house right now. It was -1 this morning in Cleveland when I walked outside for work, and it was windy as all hell, too. I have about 150 yards to walk from the parking garage to the Clinic, and my whole mustache was frozen over by the time I got inside!

LOL I live just south of Boston and we got about 15 inches of snow yesterday.

Tomorrow it's projected to be -1 in the morning and wind chills at -25 to -30. Same Sunday morning.

Then it warms up to a summery 30-35 degrees next week, maybe even hitting 40 degrees late next week  ;D

I mean I LOVE winter and the snow but I'll admit, this cold (below 10 degrees) for this long is kind of irritating now.

I've been on winter break for college but unfortunately haven't been able to do a lot of things (like go out to shoot hoops, etc.) b/c of this bitter cold.
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: liam on January 05, 2018, 09:22:56 PM
Wow Tatum destroyed Wiggins lol

I wouldn't trade Jaylen or Tatum for Wiggins....
Really?  Not me

I would trade Jaylen, but not Tatum.

Jaylen played Wiggins to a standstill tonight on much cheaper contract.
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: CelticSooner on January 05, 2018, 09:24:14 PM
91 points wont do it against the nets tho...

CBS should rest the team tomorrow.
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: Surferdad on January 05, 2018, 09:25:04 PM
Wow Tatum destroyed Wiggins lol

I wouldn't trade Jaylen or Tatum for Wiggins....
Really?  Not me

I would trade Jaylen, but not Tatum.

Jaylen played Wiggins to a standstill tonight on much cheaper contract.
Thatís what I mean by neither.  Wigginsí contract is ridiculous for his talent level.
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: blink on January 05, 2018, 09:25:10 PM
great win by the C's.  great off rebounding and good def really took minny outta their game.
another great W.
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: Rosco917 on January 05, 2018, 09:25:17 PM
When Marcus and Terry are scoring well on that second unit the Celtics really click.

Interesting they go from 12th to 1st in defense AND lose AB...hummm.
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: BringToughnessBack on January 05, 2018, 09:25:55 PM
Another great win! TPs to all!!
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: liam on January 05, 2018, 09:26:35 PM
Wow Tatum destroyed Wiggins lol

I wouldn't trade Jaylen or Tatum for Wiggins....
Really?  Not me

I would trade Jaylen, but not Tatum.

Jaylen played Wiggins to a standstill tonight on much cheaper contract.
Thatís what I mean by neither.  Wigginsí contract is ridiculous for his talent level.

I agree with that.
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: YoungOne87 on January 05, 2018, 09:29:03 PM
When Marcus and Terry are scoring well on that second unit the Celtics really click.

Interesting they go from 12th to 1st in defense AND lose AB...hummm.

bradley always got abused by bigger guards (i.e. Joe Johnson, butler, derozan, even freakin gerald henderson)

the size and length we now have definitely helps.
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: azzenfrost on January 05, 2018, 09:33:05 PM
Nice win. How many now?
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: SHAQATTACK on January 05, 2018, 09:34:52 PM
When Marcus and Terry are scoring well on that second unit the Celtics really click.

Interesting they go from 12th to 1st in defense AND lose AB...hummm.


yup......Smart and Rozier adding just 8 points apiece , and Morris playing makes thevCeltics a much more dangerous team......if these three play good ....Celtics are one really tuff out.
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: footey on January 05, 2018, 09:36:02 PM
Marcus is decent offensively when he stays within himself. Seems like he is starting to realize that.
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: Phantom255x on January 05, 2018, 09:41:31 PM
Nice win. How many now?

Cinco en una fila.  ;D
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: Surferdad on January 05, 2018, 09:42:40 PM
When Marcus and Terry are scoring well on that second unit the Celtics really click.

Interesting they go from 12th to 1st in defense AND lose AB...hummm.

bradley always got abused by bigger guards (i.e. Joe Johnson, butler, derozan, even freakin gerald henderson)

the size and length we now have definitely helps.
Agreed.  Minny was swarming Kryrie at times.  CBS has a deep guard rotation and was subbing him out with taller players for defense.
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: mr. dee on January 05, 2018, 10:01:32 PM
91 points wont do it against the nets tho...

CBS should rest the team tomorrow.

Why? They will have a long rest after that and travel to UK.
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: CelticSooner on January 05, 2018, 10:11:33 PM
91 points wont do it against the nets tho...

CBS should rest the team tomorrow.

Why? They will have a long rest after that and travel to UK.

For the pick HAHA
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: Granath on January 06, 2018, 01:14:09 AM
Shot 16.7% from 3
Shot 40% from the field
Took 13 free throws the entire game (vs 28 for Minny)

Won by 7

How the heck does that happen?   ;)
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: libermaniac on January 06, 2018, 02:13:25 AM
Shot 16.7% from 3
Shot 40% from the field
Took 13 free throws the entire game (vs 28 for Minny)

Won by 7

How the heck does that happen?   ;)
Offensive rebounding.
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: bopna on January 06, 2018, 05:41:43 AM
A day off and we looked very rusty...produced nothing from all those open looks from three.

Glad we still won.
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: Surferdad on January 06, 2018, 07:27:40 AM
Lots of missed field goals by both teams.  During the broadcast, Tommy Heinsohn twice said that the cold temp in the Garden hurt the shooters on both teams.  That makes more sense than a great defensive effort by either team.
Title: Re: Timberwolves (24-15) at Celtics (31-10) Game #41 1/5/18
Post by: SHAQATTACK on January 06, 2018, 08:27:52 AM
Wyc can't afford to keep the heat on in the Garden ?


Also ......Wiggins played like Jeff Green 2.0. ... Smart ,Tatum and Brown punked him all nigjt long.