The Wolves are in Boston tonight on the back end of the unusual Memphis-Boston back to back. Thanks NBA. Your scheduling has been tremendous for the Wolves so far. Much appreciated. Barbecue followed by Chowder. Fantastic.
That out of the way, the Wolves will be looking for the season sweep of the Celtics, having dispatched them with relative ease a month ago at Target Center, 106-88. Avery Bradley had a big night for the Celtics last time the teams met, but the Wolves got bench production from Dante Cunningham, J.J. Barea, and Robbie Hummel that night in addition to 23 and 12 and 20 and 12 respectively from Kevin Love and Nikola Pekovic. They used a 34-20 third quarter to build on a halftime lead and put the game out of reach for the Celtics.
The Cs, however, have won 4 of their last six to improve to 11-14 on the season, and are getting surprisingly good play at the point guard spot from Jordan Crawford, the apparently reformed chucker who is scoring efficiently and dishing out assists since being installed in the lineup. They are also getting production from 2nd year man Jared Sullinger in the middle. He hardly played in the first meeting of these two teams when Pekovic went 8 for 9 from the field. We'll see if Sullinger can fare better.
The Wolves should have an advantage inside with Pek and on the boards, where the Celtics have struggled some at both ends. We'll see how much energy they have after playing yesterday. In Memphis.
No official word, but I'm not expecting Kevin Martin to play tonight.
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Enjoy. Go Wolves.