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.
Dr. Tony Schena joined the show to give insight into what lies ahead for Rob Gronkowski. He said a tough road is in front of the Patriots tight end.
We discuss the improbable win over the Browns and the loss of Rob Gronkowski with Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick on Patriots Monday.
Ninkovich sits in with Mut and Merloni to look back at yesterday’s comeback win against the Browns. Rob also explains the range of emotions the team experienced after Rob Gronkowski suffered a potentially season ending injury.
Eagle checks in to give Grande and Max a perspective on the Brooklyn Nets after they acquired Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett via trade earlier this summer. He breaks down what he thinks the future holds for the Nets after completing this blockbuster deal.
Sean Grande and Cedric Maxwell take some time and look back at the history between the Celtics and the Lakers, specifically the legendary rivalry between Magic and Bird. Legendary broadcaster, Ian Eagle, checks in to give the Brooklyn perspective as KG and Paul Pierce settle into their new home. Sean and Max also reveal the behind the scenes details surrounding Max’s famous “I got the ball” moment.
In the first hour of this edition of the Celtics Summer Cooler, Grande and Max analyze the trade that sent Fab Melo out of Boston. Also in this hour, Max sets the story straight about his history with Larry Bird.
Buster joins Mut and Merloni live at the Winter Meetings in Orlando. Buster explains that the market for Stephen Drew has cooled off considerably and executives around the league believe he will return to Boston.
Hazen talks with Mut and Merloni about the on-going offseason process. Mike explains how the Red Sox dove in to free agency immediately after the team’s World Series win. He also explains how the team creates opportunities for young players that are ready to make the jump to the Major League level.
Cherington sits in with Mut and Lou to talk about the Red Sox heading into 2014. Ben breaks down the signing of Edward Mujica and what’s on the table at this year’s meetings.
Shawn Thornton joined the show and discussed the teams long layoff leading into their game tomorrow night in Montreal. He told the guys that he anticipates fighting being a part of hockey for years to come.
Lucic joins Danny Picard to talk some hockey after the team’s overtime win against the Carolina Hurricanes. Danny asks Lucic about David Krejci’s game winner yesterday and hockey outsiders that are trying to change the game.
Shawn Thornton joined the show fresh off his big night at MSG and talked about his recent goal scoring prowess. Shawn said that no matter who his line mates are he is always going to be a fourth liner.
The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane. Today the guys went over a list of the most annoying people to see on your flight.
The guys opened the show discussing the great reception Doc Rivers got last night at The Garden. They said it was not surprising and well deserved.
Boston College running back Andre Williams joined the show and discussed his record setting season. He said that he will work on his acceptance speech on the flight down to New York.
Jackie MacMullan joins the show to discuss the return of Doc Rivers to Boston and what really happened during the offseason that led to Doc's departure.
Brick joins Mut and Merloni to discuss Shawn Thornton's on ice actions last week against the Penguins and what type of suspension he may be facing.
Mut and Merloni react to Doc Rivers' emotional return to Boston and they discuss the way he left the Celtics.
We discuss the vote that abolished the collision at the plate play in MLB, and bring in Tim Kurkjian of ESPN to further explain.
We check in with Tom Caron of NESN and get his take on the winter meetings and the moves (or lack thereof) the Sox have made at the winter meetings in Orlando.
We check in with Rob Bradford live from the Winter Meetings in Orlando.
Ryder talks with WEEI.com's Chris Price about the Patriots upcoming game with the Cleveland Browns, and Stevan Ridley's status on the team.
Alex joins the show and gives his thoughts on the Jacoby Ellsbury deal, and what prospects the Red Sox have to fill the hole left in the lineup, or trade pieces to get a player who can fill the void.
John talks to Rob and gets his thoughts on the Yankees signing Jacoby Ellsbury, the Red Sox signing AJ Pierzynski, and Jarrod Saltalamacchia signing with Miami.
We answer what you ask... and by we mean Salk, Holley and special guest Jenny Dell of NESN!
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Live from the Winter meetings, questions will be answered.
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