Following a shocking 111-109 loss to the Rockets, the Boston Celtics look to get back in the win column on Wednesday, March 15 with a battle against the Timberwolves from the Target in Minneapolis.
Boston had one of its biggest letdowns in the season in Houston on March 13, ceding 72 points to the trio of Jalen Green, Jabari Smith Jr., and Kenyon Martin Jr. and wasting a 43-point outburst from Jaylen Brown. The Cs were crushed on the glass against the Rockets, being outrebounded 48 to 38, and showed the importance of the injured Robert Williams III and his rim protection.
Regardless of whether or not Rudy Gobert is able to suit up given his current ankle issues, the ‘Time Lord’ will be missed, just as he’s been. Will his continued absence lead to a second straight loss — and a continued descent down the Eastern Conference standings?
Minnesota Timberwolves: 22nd (ORtg), 11th (DRtg), 4th (Pace), 17th (NRtg)
Boston Celtics: 4th (ORtg), 4th (DRtg), 19th (Pace), 2nd (NRtg)
Boston Celtics Projected Starting Lineup
PG – Marcus Smart, SG – Derrick White, SF – Jaylen Brown, PF – Jayson Tatum, C – Al Horford
Minnesota Timberwolves Projected Starting Lineup
PG – Mike Conley Jr., SG – Anthony Edwards, SF – Kyle Anderson, PF – Jaden McDaniels, C – Rudy Gobert
Boston Celtics vs Minnesota Timberwolves Injury Report
Celtics C Robert Williams III (hamstring) – Out
Celtics PG Payton Pritchard (heel) – Out
Timberwolves SG Jaylen Newell (knee) – Questionable
Timberwolves SG Austin Rivers (back) – Questionable
Timberwolves C Naz Reid (calf) – Questionable
Timberwolves C Rudy Gobert (left ankle sprain) – Questionable
Boston Celtics vs Minnesota Timberwolves Prediction
Minnesota has been up and down all season, and after acquiring Mike Conley at the trade deadline, the Timberwolves are a measly 5-6. Their last game was a 21-point win against the Hawks on the road.
A loss to a Celtics team that needs to rebound after losing to the second-worst team in the league seems like a safe bet.
Celtics 125 Timberwolves 118