Originally written on Celtics Town  |  Last updated 12/5/12
Love2
Maybe my title is a little bit of an exaggeration; Kevin Love scored 19 points and grabbed 13 rebounds. But Timberwolves puns are hard, so sue me.This game was both closer and not as close as the final score indicated. The Wolves led by four at halftime and trailed by just seven at the end of the third quarter. But the Celtics’ defense locked down in the 4th, stopping Minnesota cold for nearly four minutes and holding the Wolves to five points in the first seven minutes. During that time, the Celtics ran the lead out to 14 and held on pretty handily the rest of the way. The Wolves scored seven garbage-time points in the final two minutes to make the game appear closer, but after the Celtics went up by 14, the outcome was never really in doubt.Let’s get to some bullet points:Nobody uploaded Rondo’s spinning reverse layup to YouTube yet? For shame, internet.Here’s something I really really didn’t expect to say: The Celtics outrebounded Minnesota 45-41. Minnesota is 4th in the NBA in opponent rebounds, meaning they don’t allow other teams to hit the boards very much, so I was fully expecting a complete massacre on the glass. But Garnett grabbed 10 on a huge night (also blasting Minnesota with 18 points on 8-13 shooting), Bass had eight, and Sully picked up seven. Of note (because I spent a ton of words discussing him earlier today), Jeff Green contributed just four rebounds, but if Garnett, Bass and Sully give Boston 25 boards between the three of them, four is actually plenty for Green. Allowing 13 offensive boards is less awesome, but it was really fun to see the Celtics obviously giving a crap, especially in the second half.Slowly but surely, the Celtics are finding themselves, most notably Jason Terry, who shot 7-10 from the field for 17 points. Terry is going to have off nights, but if the past few games are any indication, even on his off nights he’s going to understand what shots he should be taking. On a team full of talented players, this self-awareness (and extreme self-confidence) is going to be crucial. And to be clear: Tonight was not an off night. At all.The Celtics got broken down several times by ball-handlers going to the basket, especially in the first half. But they also looked more comfortable on their defensive rotations, swarming both ball handlers and post players. This was both good and bad. The Celtics are clearly starting to get their legs (and minds) under them defensively, but they also gave up some offensive boards because everyone was focused on the rotations. But it was still encouraging to see some solid Boston defense.The Celtics were 4-17 from 3-point range, but they were 4-7 on spot-up 3-point attempts. They were also 0-4 on off-screen 3-pointers, once again proving that Ray Allen’s old sets in which he would scamper through four different screens before jacking up a triple really don’t work with the personnel on this team.More tomorrow, but for now, enjoy a good night and (hopefully) a nice step in the right direction for the C’s.Follow Tom on Twitter: @Tom_NBA.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Here are your 2015 All-Star reserves and pitchers

Are LeBron, Cavs just playing teenage games?

Bucks president threatens move to Vegas, Seattle

ESPYs golf classic moving from Trump course

Report: Pierre-Paul could miss training camp, start of season

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Report: Spurs sign David West

Report: Marc Gasol signs five-year deal with Grizzlies

Manu Ginobili announces he will return next season

Robinson Cano dealing with stomach ailment all season

Tony Romo on Dez Bryant's contract: 'I think it will work out'

Dwayne Bowe: I’m here to fill Josh Gordon’s shoes

Carli Lloyd had vision she would score four goals in World Cup Final

Carli Lloyd needs help to carry all her World Cup awards

Russell Wilson abstaining from sex with girlfriend Ciara

Coach K on meeting Beyonce for first time: 'I felt like 13'

Three-star TE Michael Irvin Jr. commits to Miami

Bryce Harper skipping HR Derby because of dad's injury

Braves the most interesting team to watch at the deadline?

Video shows FSU QB De'Andre Johnson punching woman

Is James Harden dating Khloe Kardashian?

Odell Beckham Jr. poses for nude version of 'The Catch'

Dwyane Wade: I'll retire 'when I can no longer play'

How Matt Ryan became “Matty Ice”

NBA News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

The 2015 All-Star reserves & pitchers

Are LeBron, Cavs just playing teenage games?

Bucks threatens move to Vegas, Seattle

Bryce Harper to skip Home Run Derby

Video shows De'Andre Johnson punching woman

Odell Beckham Jr. poses for nude version of 'The Catch'

Report: Giants pull offer to Pierre-Paul

Report: Jordan was tired of Chris Paul

2015 All-Star starters announced

JPP injured in fireworks mishap?

Odell Beckham doesn't want to be known for 'the catch'

Russell Wilson 'would definitely consider' playing for Mariners

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.