How many boards for Kevin Love?


How many boards for Kevin Love?

With the Celtics in Minnesota for tonight's tango with the Timberwolves, there's naturally a ton of talk about Kevin Garnett and his return to the city he once called home.

But this year, for the first time since Garnett escaped the Land O' Lakes, there's another Kevin stealing headlines in this match-up.

Of course, I'm talking about Celtics assistant coach Kevin Eastman.

No, I'm talking about Kevin Love. The 23-year-old superstar, and recent first-time All Star, who comes into tonight as the league's third-leading scorer (26.9 ppg), second-leading rebounder (13.9) and a legitimate (albeit fading) MVP candidate.

He's also a walking double-double, with 44 in 48 games this year.

Meanwhile, the Celtics only have 38 double-double as a team. (16 for KG, 14 for Rondo, four for Pierce, three for Bass and training camp MVP-worthy one for Jermaine O'Neal). As a team, the Celtics also have the league's third worst rebounding percentage, have lost their only two centers for the season and just generally stink when it comes to keeping the other team off the boards.

That's led to an interesting question throughout Celtics circles. One that I find far more fascinating than the old: What kind of reaction will the fans give Garnett?

It is: How many rebounds is Kevin Love going to have against the Celtics?

Could he go for 30?

Maybe a 3030? Hey, it wouldn't be the first time

Or how about 3020? That's probably a little more reasonable, and actually, it might not be so bad. After all, Love's posted 30 points and 20 rebounds in a game three times this season.

The Wolves record in those games? 1-2.

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McIntyre still building and earning trust of B's coaching staff


McIntyre still building and earning trust of B's coaching staff

BRIGHTON, Mass -- It hasn’t been an easy road for Bruins rookie goaltender Zane McIntyre since getting called back up by Boston a few weeks ago.

The 24-year-old netminder is trying to give the B’s top-level goaltending while earning the trust of the Bruins coaching staff, and adjusting to the sporadic playing time that goes along with playing understudy to a No. 1 netminder like Tuukka Rask. The three goals allowed in the third period of Sunday afternoon’s 5-1 loss to the Penguins didn’t look good on paper, but really there wasn’t much McIntyre could do with the defense totally breaking down in front of him during a 12-shot barrage in the final 20 minutes.

The 3.95 goals against average and .860 save percentage certainly look like a little frightening for the first-year goalie, but the truth is there’s going to be some bumps as he adjusts to life as a backup for the first time.

“[The adjustment] is mostly between the ears, to be honest,” said McIntyre. “I have confidence in my physical abilities and I know what I can do, and what makes my game successful. So right now it’s just building confidence every day in practice and staying persistent, staying with it. I know good things are going to happen when you surround yourself with good people, and the biggest thing is battling every day and making sure I’m contributing to the team.”

McIntyre will certainly have to be sharp if he’s put back in the crease on Tuesday night against the Red Wings after Rask exited from Sunday’s loss in the second period with symptoms of a migraine. The Bruins top goalie missed practice on Monday while getting himself checked out medically, and there’s a chance he could be out if the symptoms are in any way related to the Roman Josi shot he took off his neck last week.

“I’m just taking it day-by-day to be honest. That’s what I’ve always done in the past, and I’m just trying to build up confidence every day,” said McIntyre, who had been lights out in Providence prior to getting the call to Boston. “We’ll just see what happens and roll with it.”

That’s a challenge McIntyre will certainly be up for in a different way than Sunday’s mop-up duty, but it remains to be seen just how steady-footed the Bruins will be about their goalie situation if Rask is expected to miss any time this week.