Rajon Rondo returned in style from a two-game suspension with 17 points and 11 assists while Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce led all five starters in double figures with 18 points as the Celtics beat the Timberwolves, 104-94, Wednesday night at TD Garden. After watching his 37-game double-digit assist streak end one week ago in a shoving match with the Nets, Rondo started another streak with a double-double effort. Garnett had 10 rebounds for a double-double.
Jason Terry added 17 points on 7-of-10 shooting from the floor while Brandon Bass added 12 points and eight rebounds. The Celtics outrebounded one of the best rebounding teams in the NBA, 45-41, on the night.
The Celtics overcame 19 points and 13 rebounds from Kevin Love to post their fourth win in six games. Love, in just his eighth game back from a broken knuckle on his right hand, helped the Celtics cause by doing his best Dwight Howard impersonation at the free throw line, converting just 6-of-12 free throws. The Wolves as a team converted just 13-of-28 from the line.
Rondo got off to a fast start, putting up six assists in the first quarter as the Celtics raced out to a 21-15 lead. But Minnesota closed the first quarter on a 15-6 run and took a 30-27 lead after one.
The pattern repeated itself in the second quarter as the Celtics opened on a 12-2 run to open a 39-32 lead only to see Minnesota fight back and outscore the Celtics 9-2 in the final three minutes of the first half, as the Wolves took a 51-47 lead to the halftime break.
The Celtics made 14 of 21 shots in the third quarter and outscored the Wolves, 32-21, to take a 79-72 lead into the fourth. The Celtics went on a 9-2 run early in the fourth quarter to build the lead to 14, 91-77, and were not threatened after that.
Former Northeastern star Jose Barea had 10 points in 23 minutes off the bench for the Wolves.
Leandro Barbosa dressed but did not play, still fighting the effects of flu-like symptoms. The Celtics are off Thursday before opening a home-and-home series with the Sixers in Philadelphia Friday night. They play the Sixers in a rare Saturday night game at TD Garden. For more, visit the Celtics team page at weei.com/celtics and the Green Street blog.
Holley and Keefe check in with NFL Network's Heath Evans for some final thoughts on the Houston win and to look ahead at the Steelers in the AFC Championship.
Michael Holley and Rich Keefe speak to special teams captain Matthew Slater as the Patriots head to the AFC Championship and host the Steelers.
Michael Holley and Rich Keefe sit down with Patriots head coach Bill Belichick as the Patriots prepare to face the Steelers in the AFC Championship on Sunday. Bill hasn't seen the Antonio Brown video, and wasn't interested in discussing social media or the team's policies on it.
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Ben Kichen of the 'Dale and Holley Show' talk about Isaiah Thomas' flagrant foul against the Heat, and also discuss why it's time for the Celtics to address their biggest need.
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Ben Kichen of the "Dale and Holley Show" discuss the latest news on the injury that has kept Isaiah Thomas off the court and how valuable it is for Marcus Smart to stay in control.
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Ben Kichen of 'The Dale and Holley Show' talk about last night's disappointing finish against the Rockets and they talk about their love for DeMarcus Cousins.
Rob Bradford is joined by Jackie Bradley Jr. to discuss race in baseball and in Boston, along with the importance of Martin Luther King Day. The Red Sox outfielder also dives into how he never really felt comfortable in a major league clubhouse until last year, the approach he's taking heading into 2017, and why he's not playing in the World Baseball Classic.
Mut, Rob, and John are talking about their interview with Red Sox Manager John Farrell, the Red Sox approach to breaking up the lefties in the rotation, and the platoon at third base.
Bradford and Tomase talk with Red Sox Manager John Farrell. They talk about Eduardo Rodriguez recovery from his knee injury, the Red Sox third base competition in spring training, and guys playing in the WBC.
Ken, Rear and Ty get into a very solid week for the B's beating St Louis and the Flyers and losing a hard-fought game against the Predators. Is this team turning things around? Krug and Marchand are kicking things up a notch. The guys also talk about Claude and Sweeney's job security before getting into some big hits around the league this week.
Ken, Rear and Ty talk all things Bruins as they come off a 4-0 shutout win in Florida and head to Carolina later today. Did that victory save Claude's job? The boys get into Don Sweeney's recent comments on Claude's job and what the future holds for the black and gold.
Hour two of Saturday Skate as Ken Laird and Rear Admiral kick around the perception of backup goalie Anton Khudobin, B's coach Claude Julien, and possible trade target Gabriel Landeskog.
Hour 4. Fauria is wrong about Rodgers. Lucy ranked the wives and girlfriends of Patriots players and Trenni isn't happy about it.
Hour 3. Aaron Rodgers doesn't get along with his family. Trenni's dream man in the Boston media is revealed.
Hour 2. Trenni defends Charlotte Wilder against the evil people on Twitter. Headlines with Kirk.
Glenn, Lou and Christian talk about Aaron Rodgers, who has been on fire to close out the season, and how he compares to Tom Brady and the rest of the top quarterbacks of all time.
Everyone's talking about Antonio Brown live-streaming the Steelers team's post game speech after their win over the Chiefs. We hear from Edelman, Hightower, Brady and a few Steelers.
Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger both spoke to the media today, and each of them address Antonio Brown's Facebook Live video that called the Patriots a-holes.
Dale, Michael and Rich Keefe discuss the NFL commissioner's plan to once again skip put of going to Foxboro, instead opting to go to the NFC Championship. We discuss it and let you react.
We discuss the Patriots haters out there, led of course this week by Steelers fans. Michael Holley wants to know if we really need their love... and we come up with a better word for it... RESPECT.
Dale, Michael and Rich Keefe discuss how the Steelers are dealing with this Antonio Brown lockerroom video situation.
Kirk Minihane has a loud and very confrontational argument with media personality John Ziegler about the guilt or innocence of Jerry Sandusky. Kirk believes him to be guilty, John believes beyond a shadow of a doubt that Sandusky is innocent. Yes, it may be an old case, but you all remember it and this episode may change your mind about some of the things you previously thought with regards to Penn State, Jerry Sandusky, and Joe Paterno.
Kirk Minihane wants to sit down with both sports editors at the major newspapers in Boston. Only Boston Herald sports editor Sean Leahy took Kirk up on the invitation to join the show. What you will hear is a great conversation between two people who are very interested in the newspaper business and how that business has changed over the years and what the future holds for newspapers. Kirk and Sean talk about the ongoing and longstanding rivalry between the Herald and Globe.
Kirk talks with basketball legend Kevin McHale about his Celtics career, as well today's NBA and the current Boston team. Kevin analyzes the theoretical clash of the '86 Celtics and today's Golden State Warriors in addition to how C's heroes of the past would perform in today's game. Also featured: a podcast intro from Kirk's children Cate and Harry.
Ken Laird and Chris Curtis get back to post-show work with a Trenni Tuesday recap.
Ben and Josue talk about the moves the Celtics need to make in order for the team get over the top in the Eastern Conference.
Tom Brady joins the show to discuss the game against the Texans, the AFC championship versus the Steelers, his diet, and Roger Goodell.More from this show
Hour 1. The Steelers are coming to New England for the AFC Championship and Kirk is picking Pittsburgh to win.More from this show