By: Dan Slaubaugh
Happy Monday, Wolves fans. Tonight, the Boston Celtics (33-24) are in town to face the youthful Timberwolves (17-39), who have struggled since the AS break, having lost consecutive games against Memphis and New York. Boston is currently sitting comfortable at the #3 spot in the Eastern Conference, while the Wolves sit at #13 in the West.
The Celtics are looking to sweep the Wolves after beating them 113-99 before Christmas. The Celtics have lost 3 straight in Minnesota, but have won the last 10 in Boston.
The key matchup will be Andrew Wiggins vs Jae Crowder, one of Boston's best defenders. Last time around, Wiggins poured in 26 points against Crowder and the Celtics, and was the Timberwolves leading scorer. Tonight, Crowder will have to be at his best defensively if he wants to slow down Wiggins.
The Celtics have built their identity this season with their tough, gritty defense. They don't give up many easy looks. With that, the Wolves have to shoot the ball well tonight if they wants a chance at a W.
KG, Pek, and Bjelica will sit out for Minnesota for the 2nd game in a row.
For Boston, Kelly Olynk is out, while Avery Bradley and Marcus Smart are both probable.
Jim Peterson's Birthday!
Yes! Today is Wolves color analyst Jim Peterson's birthday. Jim has been with Fox Sports North since 2003 providing excellent analysis and insight to fans during Timberwolves games and is a beloved figure in the Minnesota basketball community.
Jim, I and the rest of Wolves nation, would like to wish you a very happy birthday. Thank you for all the hard work you put in each night. Thank you for your loyalty and dedication to this team and state. It truly would not be the same watching a Wolves game without your in-depth breakdowns and supreme commentary.
Now, let's hope the Wolves can get a win for Jim Pete on his birthday and build some momentum before heading to Toronto for the start of a 3 game roadtrip.
Prediction: Wolves defeat Celtics 99-93. Celtics continue to struggle on 2nd night of back-to-backs, run out of energy in 4Q.
Thanks for reading. Enjoy the game. Go Wolves.