Hardwood Houdini readers, my neck hurts.
Why you say? Because watching the Boston Celtics so far this season has been an up and down affair. First, a four-game losing streak. Then, a four game winning streak.. Now, a two-game losing streak. Ugh. I’m going to get whiplash trying to follow this team for you guys – but that just shows you much I care, readers.
Okay – that got a little weird! Regrouping: the Celtics may be in the midst of a two-game losing streak, but they actually head to Minnesota for tonight’s game with the Timberwolves riding a three-game road winning streak that includes wins over the Orlando Magic and the Miami Heat. If Boston is going to continue their road win streak alive, they are going to have to clamp down defensively: the Celtics have allowed their last three opponents to score 105 or more points, this after holding five of their fist six opponents to 95 points or less.
Bad news, Celtics fans: Minnesota averages almost 109 per contest. Gulp.
Worse news: Minnesota has averaged almost 115 points over the course of its past five games.
In addition to having to create turnovers and try to limit the number of good lucks the T-Wolves get tonight, the Cs are going to have to try and keep Kevin Love and the rest of Minnesota off of the glass tonight. Boston was out-rebounded 47-34 last night by the Portland Trailblazers, and allowed Portland to snag 8 offensive rebounds while the Cs themselves only managed 4. Second chance points could absolutely kill the Celtics tonight; look for the guards to try and help out in the paint to keep the Timberwolves from getting easy put backs.
Tonight’s game is scheduled to tip-off at 8 p.m. Follow us on Twitter @HoudiniCeltics for our reactions during the action, and then come back here to hear what we have to say following the game! Thanks, and let’s keep that road winning streak alive, Boston!