Tim's Game Preview: Game 53, Boston Celtics

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Minnesota Timberwolves (25-27) vs. Boston Celtics (28-22) at Target Center

Kevin Garnett and the Boston Celtics are in town to play Kevin Love and the Minnesota Timberwolves. But that is only the second most exciting part about tonight's game.

The one-and-only Vanilla Ice is going to be performing at halftime. If you don't think that this is awesome, I don't know what to tell you. Except to stop, collaborate and listen. Ice is back with a brand new a brand new invention.

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Oh yeah. This guy is back.

Projected Starting Lineups

C: Kevin Love vs. Kevin Garnett
PF: Derrick Williams vs. Brandon Bass
SF: Wesley Johnson vs. Paul Pierce
SG: Martell Webster vs. Ray Allen
PG: Luke Ridnour vs. Rajon Rondo

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With J.J. Barea out again tonight, expect more minutes for Malcolm Lee.

Last 5 Games

Minnesota Timberwolves (4th in Northwest, 14 1/2 behind OKC; 11th in West, 2 1/2 behind Houston)

Wed, Mar 21: Loss at San Antonio 100-116
Fri, Mar 23: Loss at Oklahoma City 140-149 (2OT)
Sun, Mar 25: Win vs. Denver 117-110
Tue, Mar 27: Loss at Memphis 86-93
Wed, Mar 28: Win at Charlotte 88-83

Boston Celtics (Tied for 1st in Atlantic; 7th in East, 5 ahead Milwaukee)

Thu, Mar 22: Win at Milwaukee 100-91
Fri, Mar 23: Loss at Philadelphia 86-99
Sun, Mar 25: Win vs. Washington 88-76
Mon, Mar 26: Win at Charlotte 102-95
Wed, Mar 28: Win vs. Utah 94-82

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Unfortunately for the Wolves, it appears that Ray Allen will play in tonight's game.

Injuries

Minnesota Timberwolves

J.J. Barea - Out with bruised right thigh; expected to return next Thursday

Nikola Pekovic - Out with bone spurs in ankle; no timetable for return

Michael Beasley - Out with sore toe; day-to-day

Ricky Rubio - Out for remainder of season

Boston Celtics

Ray Allen - Probable for tonight with a sore right ankle

Mickael Pietrus - Out indefinitely after a concussion

Jermaine O'Neal - Out for the remainder of the season

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Is the guy on the right going to be the next shooting guard for the Minnesota Timberwolves?

Noteworthy Stats

  • Boston has won nine in a row over the Minnesota Timberwolves. In four games against the Celtics, Kevin Love is only averaging 10.5 points on 36.4% shooting. Kevin Garnett only averages 12.4 against the Minnesota Timberwolves.
  • Against the Charlotte Bobcats, Malcolm Lee scored double his career points total (he had 2 in his first 5 games and 4 points against Charlotte)
  • Vanilla Ice's To The Extreme spent 16 weeks at the top of the Billboard charters and sold eleven million copies. At that point, it was the best selling hip hop album of all time
  • Ice's real name is Robert Matthew Van Winkle. He once dated Madonna for 8 months and has two kids: Dusti Rain and KeeLee Breeze

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