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.
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Chris Price discuss Rob Gronkowski's meeting with the media on Friday. Gronk said he doesn't anticipate changing the way he plays, noting that he wants to "keep smashing and dashing."
Julian Edelman joins Merloni, Fauria, and Benz after Patriots training camp.
We return to our weekly segments with the one and only Peter King of MMQB and NBC's Football Night in America.
Jackie Mac joins the guys to discuss her thoughts on a possible mid-season tournament in the NBA, LeBron's return to Cleveland, trade rumors with the Celtics and Red Sox, and Darrelle Revis' contract situation.
Jackie MacMullan of ESPN Boston to talk about the Lebron James Saga, the possibility of Rajon Rondo being traded, and the future of Marcus Smart.
Former coach of Celtics 1st-round pick Marcus Smart, Travis Ford joins MFB to talk about what Celtics fans should expect from the strong point guard. Among other things, Coach Ford says Smart will be a hard worker, and will improve his shooting ability.
Kevin Millar joins Merloni, Fauria, and Benz to discuss David Ortiz, Dustin Pedroia's struggles, and Jon Lester's contract.
Texas Rangers General Manager, Jon Daniels, joins Rob Bradford and Alex Speier to discuss the upcoming trade deadline.
Rob Bradford is joined by WEEI.com Bruins beat writer DJ Bean, as well as Boston sports fan/blogger Turtleboy to talk all things Bruins free agency. With the B's recent moves, the conversation turns to where the Bruins might next turn and what kind of dent losing Jarome Iginla and Shawn Thornton might make.
DJ discusses Shawn Thornton's new deal, and the on going negotiations with Jerome Iginla
DJ Bean joins the program to dismiss the recent rumors that the Bruins are in discussions to trade Brad Marchand to the Sharks for Patrick Marleau
Kirk breaks down the media criticism he has received.
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Dino, Meter and Kirk discuss the light punishment given to Ray Rice by the NFL.
Kevin Millar joins Merloni, Fauria, and Benz to talk about David Ortiz, the struggles of Dustin Pedroia, and the Jon Lester contract.
Patriots Wide Receiver Julian Edelman joins Merloni, Fauria, and Benz after Patriots training camp.
Given the recent Ray Rice suspension, many people are comparing it to Josh Gordon getting suspended for repeated drug abuse. Tim Benz doesn't think this is a fair comparison. He explains why.
We discuss the return of Rob Gronkowski, his comments to the media today, and what a healthy (or unhealthy) Gronk will mean for the 2014 Patriots.
We discuss the suspension of Ray Rice, and how the act he committed certainly seemed like it warranted a harsher penalty from the strict front office of Roger Goodell.
We tackle four topics, all sparked by our interest in the story about the Browns fan peeing on Art Modell's grave this past week.
Mut and Villani are talking about whether the Red Sox will give Jon Lester the type of contract he is looking for, or whether they might be shopping him with rumors of the Red Sox scouting Cole Hamels.
Mut and Villani are talking about the MLB All Star Game, Adam Wainwright and Derek Jeter, and what are some of the worst ideas in sports.
With the trade deadline looming, the next few days will be defined by how teams value prospects -- and their potential long-term contributions -- against big leaguers with established track records who can address immediate needs. Are prospects being valued accurately? Red Sox left-hander Andrew Miller -- once one of the two key chips that sent Miguel Cabrera from the Marlins to the Tigers -- assesses the matter.
A compelling case can be made that July 24, 2004, represents as significant a landmark as any date in modern Red Sox history. On that day, a memorable brawl between the Red Sox and Yankees served as a catalyst for an epic 10-9 walkoff victory for the Red Sox over New York and indomitable closer Mariano Rivera, a game cited by many members of the 2004 team as pivotal in Boston's first championship run in 86 years. Ian Browne, who covers the Red Sox for MLB.com and authored Idiots Revisited, discusses the landmark game.
With Training Camp starting this Thursday and the August Draft Season inching closer, Jim Hackett and Pete Davidson are ramping up the Fantasy Football content to meet the demand! Today’s podcast gives an in depth look at Pete’s Top 50 Wide Receivers Article that is LIVE on WEEI.com right now. Pete breaks down the receivers by Tiers and the podcast gives full analysis of those Tiers and the players who occupy these spots and why. Get prepared for your drafts and enjoy!