The Boston Celtics (9-8) tonight will host the Minnesota Timberwolves (8-8) in an inter-conference matchup. Tonight will also be Rajon Rondo’s return from his two game suspension that he served for shoving Brooklyn’s Kris Humphries in retaliation for a hard foul on Kevin Garnett in last Wednesday’s loss to the Nets.
Rondo’s league leading 12.9 assists will be a welcome addition to a Celtics lineup that struggled greatly to score without him and has only scored 89 points per game in their last three contests.
“It was difficult,” Rondo told the team’s official website. “I love being around the guys. I love coming into practice and being around the team and playing, but I had to miss that for a couple of days.
Boston has dominated Minnesota of late and has won the last ten meetings between the two teams. Minnesota last beat Boston when Kevin Garnett was still on the team in January of 2007.
The Timberwolves are coming off one of their better games of the season in blasting the Philadelphia 76ers on Monday night 105-88 despite a subpar night from star Kevin Love where he scored 6 points and grabbed 10 rebounds.
Look for the Celtics to regain some cohesion offensively with Rondo’s return in tonight’s battle. Boston lost in disappointing fashion on Saturday night to the Milwaukee Bucks 91-88 after blowing a 17 point lead in the early going of the game.