Celtics get aggressive on glass in win over Wolves

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Celtics get aggressive on glass in win over Wolves

BOSTON The final score highlighted 104 points, an impressive performance with 52.6 percent field goal shooting.

Beyond the offensive stats against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday, the Boston Celtics prided themselves on an even more noteworthy effort on the boards.

We were pretty good, said Doc Rivers after the Celtics 104-94 win. Thats a hard team to rebound against, and we held our own.

The Celtics ranked last in the NBA with 37.8 rebounds per game while allowing 42.0. The Timberwolves, on the other hand, held the fifth spot with 45.2 boards, led by Kevin Love with 14.4 per game.

By the end of the game, the Celtics had outrebounded the Timberwolves, 45-41. Kevin Garnett drove the team with 10 boards while power forwards Brandon Bass and Jared Sullinger contributed eight and seven, respectively.

We have to be that way every night, said Paul Pierce. Were challenged rebound-wise and a majority of these games we havent rebounded well. So thats mainly what the last couple days of practice have been is to put bodies on people, go after rebounds, box out, those little things that are going to help us win games.

The Celtics will look to continue improving their rebounding efforts in back-to-back games against the Philadelphia 76ers on Friday and Saturday. The Celtics are 0-1 against the Sixers this season (0-2 in preseason action) and were outrebounded 38-31 in their first meeting on November 9. 6-7 Evan Turner led all players with 11 boards, one more than Garnett.

Id like to beat them both times but theyre playing well against us and were going to have to deal with that., said Rivers. They must have great confidence against us, so those are going to be hard games. I do like it, especially in this stretch. Coming into it I think were starting to play a little bit better. Weve struggled playing Philly so I love all that stuff because thats good, the way I look at it in my demented way. I think those are all good things.I think its a good challenge for us, so itll be a lot of fun.

Bruins assign Noel Acciari to Providence

Bruins assign Noel Acciari to Providence

After sitting out the last month with a lower body injury, Bruins fourth liner Noel Acciari has been assigned to Providence presumably to get up to speed after missing a considerable length of time. It also means that Acciari has likely been cleared medically to play after appearing in B's practice over the last few days after missing the last 14 games. 

The 24-year-old former Providence College standout has appeared in 12 games with the Bruins this season after breaking camp with the team, and recorded two assists for two points with four penalty minutes and a plus-one rating before suffering a lower body injury.

By all accounts Acciari was a good energy player on a surprisingly good fourth line to start the season, wasn’t afraid to throw around his body for impactful hits and was having plenty of success aggravating opponents into losing their cool and taking penalties. Fellow rookie forward Anton Blidh has stepped in and played a similar role on the fourth line over the last couple of games for the Black and Gold, so that gives the Bruins plenty of time to get Acciari back up to speed at the AHL level without their fourth line’s level of play dropping in the meantime.

The Acciari demotion to Providence does mean that the Bruins head into Washington with 12 forwards, so it should again be Blidh, Dominic Moore and Jimmy Hayes as the fourth line barring any last minute wrinkles from Claude Julien.