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Wolves 110, Celtics 100
With only eight games remaining on their regular season schedule, the Celtics (38-36) are holding auditions in order to determine who will earn consistent playing time in the playoffs. Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce sitting out a (peculiarly scheduled) road game in Minnesota on Monday night left the door wide open for some of the players on the fringe of the rotation, and they passed with mixed marks in a ten-point loss. While Boston was outscored 62-38 in the paint, turned the ball over 17 times, and never really recovered from the T’wolves 17-6 run at the end of the first half, some of the C’s younger players gained some valuable experience during the loss.
Since this game was atypical in the sense that both teams were not wholly preoccupied with winning at any cost, it makes sense to analyze this loss in an atypical fashion. Here is a recap of each Celtics player’s audition for a heightened role in the playoffs:
Auditioning for a Lead Role: Jeff Green
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The already battered Celtics could be without their captain against Minnesota Monday night.
According to ESPN's Chris Forsberg, Paul Pierce turned his ankle in the first quarter which forced him to sit out the final 13 minutes of the Celtics' 108-89 loss to the Knicks Sunday. Pierce was seen on the bench with an ice pack taped to his right ankle. From Forsberg's piece...
No KG or Pierce at Celtics shootaround this morning. Pierce remains game-time decision vs. DET, according to the team.55 minutes ago via EchofonReplyRetweetFavorite@ESPNForsbergChris ForsbergStrangely enough, I think the Celtics will pull this win out, regardless of Pierce’s playing status. Boston has lost seven of its last nine games and is 0-2 against the pesky Pistons (not...
Last night Paul Pierce missed just his second game in what has been a remarkable 15th pro season. The Celtics fell to 0-2 without him, losing to two inept basketball teams (Charlotte and Minnesota) by a combined 38 points in those games.
Pierce tweaked his ankle in the Celtics blowout loss to the Knicks on Sunday night, but Celtics coach Doc Rivers said that Pierce sat out for...
Knicks 108, Celtics 89
For the second time this week, the Celtics (38-35) were unable to compete with a team that now owns the longest streak in the NBA. The Knicks (46-26) won their eighth straight on Sunday night as they steamrolled through a porous C’s defense. Boston played well enough on the offensive end, but Without Kevin Garnett in the lineup, they were simply unable to...
More postgame interviews as they become available. On a side note, congrats to Paul Pierce and his wife on their newborn son Prince Pierce.
Video courtesy of Mike Petraglia.
MINNEAPOLIS For the first time since Kevin Garnett put on a Celtics jersey in 2007, the Timberwolves beat Boston on Monday night, a 110-100 victory that capped off a grueling homestand against playoff-bound teams.
If that win, that snapped streak, isn't a landmark of the most pathologic type, then what is?
Unfortunately for the Timberwolves in terms of their quest for karmic...
With the Boston Celtics struggling and Kevin Garnett still sidelined, the team's opportunity to improve its playoff seeding is fading.
But on Monday night in Minnesota, they'll try to take advantage of a Timberwolves team they've won 11 straight against. Ten of those victories have come since Garnett was traded to Boston in the summer of 2007.
The Celtics (38-35) have...
Tip: 7:30PM Court: TD Garden Watch it: CSNNE Hear it: WEEI
Referees: Mark Davis, Kane Fitzgerald and Brent Barnaky
Spread: BOS -7.0
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At home: 25-11
On road: 10-27
Streak: Lost 2
BOSTON — The doubts are raised after every disappointing shooting night. In some cases, they pop up even more suddenly, such as any offensive possession that passes without a replay-worthy dunk. Jeff Green exists in only two versions in the eyes of some observers: the game-dominating freak of nature or the milquetoast waste of four years and $36 million weighing down a Celtics...
For the first time since they gave us Kevin Garnett, the Minnesota Timberwolves have beaten the Celtics. They did it by feeding Nikola Pekovic early and often, and then feasting on the Celtics mistakes. Wolves take it 110-100.
The Celtics kept nipping and tucking and making it feel like they had a shot, but every time they got close, the Wolves would whip off another run to put...
The Celtics returned home to take on the Detroit Pistons Wednesday night at the TD Garden. With a win tonight and a 76er loss on the road the Celtics would clinch a playoff spot. The team did just that but they sure don't make things easy on themselves. Led by a huge night from Jeff Green, who finished with 34 points, the Celtics snuck by Detroit 98-93.
The Pistons really...
Melo and the Knicks punished Boston from 3-point range.Few things are as aggravating as hearing an opposing crowd chant “Bos-ton sucks,” but one thing that’s worse is knowing that they aren’t wrong. The Celtics, for lack of a better descriptor, sucked tonight. Aside from Jeff Green (and Chris Wilcox on two field goal attempts), no one shot above 50% from the field. The Celtics...
The Boston Celtics are limping toward the playoffs, and they're fully aware improvement is necessary to have any success in the postseason.
Their recent performances versus the Detroit Pistons shouldn't be used as an example.
Boston has a chance to clinch a playoff berth and will have Paul Pierce back in the lineup as it looks to avoid a fifth consecutive loss to visiting...