The Boston Celtics came out the victors in a 104-94 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves in Rajon Rondo’s return to the team after serving a two game suspension. The Celtics didn’t skip a beat shooting 52% from the field all the while dishing 24 assists on 41 made field goals.
This was an all around team effort by the C’s tonight. The bench threw in 22 points, 17 rebounds and five assists on the night to bolster an absolutely valiant effort by the starters tonight.
Rondo had an average game scoring 17 points and going 6-11 from the field while dishing 11 assists. His turnover numbers were a little high with five, but you’ll take it after not seeing him play for the past two games.
Kevin Garnett had the best game out of any player on the floor picking up 18 points and 10 rebounds along with four assists. He tied with Paul Pierce for the game high in scoring and was also a huge boost on the defensive end.
Brandon Bass had a standout game as well, making all six of his shots in the second half after not making one in the first. Overall, he went 6-9 scoring 12 points and added three blocks and eight rebounds to that stat line.
A player who deserves a lot of credit on delivering this win is Jared Sullinger. Sully scored seven points, racked up seven rebounds and added two blocks in only 18 minutes of play. Sullinger played a key part in holding Kevin Love to 6-15 shooting and 19 points with 13 rebounds. His rebounding total would’ve been a lot more if Sullinger weren’t there to box him out.
The Celtics defense came to play tonight, but could still use some improvement. There were still bad rotations throughout the game, but overall they kept the Wolves grounded. The score makes the game seem much closer than it was because of the Wolves garbage buckets at the end. Everyone gave a valiant effort on the defensive end and played there part. It wasn’t perfect, but it was one of the best defensive performances that we’ve seen all season out of this Celtics team.
Overall, this was a good win for the Celtics. It should be one that helps them gel and get the defensive pieces of the puzzle together. They’ll visit Philadelphia on Friday night at 7 p.m EST. The 76ers are tied with the Celtics for third in the Atlantic division at 10-8.