Celtics-T'Wolves preview: Search for consistency

Celtics-T'Wolves preview: Search for consistency
November 16, 2013, 10:15 am
Share This Post
(USA Today Sports Images)

Brad Stevens came into the Boston Celtics job well aware that he would have his ups and downs.

But few would have predicted such a sharp contrast between success and struggles for this team.

They open the season with four straight losses, but rebound with four straight wins.

The streaking continues with the Celtics (4-6) now riding a two-game losing skid after Friday's home loss to Portland.

Like every other coach, Stevens would love for his team to play with more consistency.

But the tug-and-pull between winning and losing, doesn't seem to affect him outwardly as much as it burns him up on the inside.

"It's more topsy-turvy for everybody else than it is to for me," Stevens said. "You know, I hate losing. I don't stomach it well, I don't deal with it well. But I'll be back to work (Saturday)."

Here are some keys to tonight's game:


WHAT TO LOOK FOR:  Controlling tempo will be huge for the Celtics against the Timberwolves who love to get out and run as much as possible. Minnesota is averaging 19.1 fast-break points this season, second in the NBA to Phoenix's 23.4.


MATCHUP TO WATCH: Jeff Green vs Corey Brewer: Green's speed won't do him a lot of good against Brewer who like Green, excels in the open floor. At his best, Green balances drives to the basket with knocking down 3-pointers. The Celtics will need that if they are to have any shot at pulling off the upset.


PLAYER TO WATCH: A healthy Kevin Love is giving the Timberwolves hope that a return to the playoffs is in the cards this year. A legit league MVP candidate this season, he's averaging 27.2 points and 13.8 rebounds per game.


STAT TO TRACK: Boston will have plenty of challenges tonight, among them being how to limit Minnesota's shot opportunities. Minnesota is 17th in field goal percentage at 44.2 percent, but are averaging  a league-high 89.1 field goal attempts per game.