Good, Bad, Ugly: Celtics-Timberwolves

Good, Bad, Ugly: Celtics-Timberwolves
November 16, 2013, 11:30 pm
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Back-to-back games in the NBA have a way of testing the endurance of players, both mentally and physically.

The Boston Celtics fell short on both fronts Saturday night, which paved the way for the Minnesota Timberwolves to pull away with a 106-88 win.

All of the Celtics' worst fears - Minnesota's inside game, their 3-point shooting and points in transition - came to fruition before their eyes in what stands as the team's most lopsided loss of the season.

"It's a broken record but it's true. They have good players and those good players played really well," Celtics head coach Brad Stevens told reporters after his team's third straight loss.

MVP candidate Kevin Love tallied his 10th double-double of the season with 23 points and 12 rebounds. His frontcourt mate Nikola Pekovic had his way around the basket as well, finishing with 20 points and 12 rebounds.

As a team, the Timberwolves had a decisive 52-28 advantage on points in the paint.

"In the third quarter, we looked like we ran out of steam," Steven said. "And that's not a good enough excuse because they played a back-to-back too. Maybe we can play better on Tuesday with a whole extra day?"

It was indeed a mixed bag of events for the Celtics (4-7).

And with that we have the Good, the Bad and the Ugly from yet another Celtics loss which is a trend they would just as soon break free of quickly.

THE GOOD

Avery Bradley

Bradley had a season-high 27 points and was one of the few players for Boston who came ready to do more than just compete on Saturday, but actually play well enough to give the Celtics a shot at winning.

"I was just able to make shots," Bradley told reporters on Saturday night.

THE BAD

Jordan Crawford

He hasn't had that many bad games this season for Boston, but Saturday night's loss was certainly one of them. He finished with 10 points on 4-for-14 shooting with five assists and three turnovers.

THE UGLY

Jeff Green

Minnesota's Corey Brewer is a pretty good defender so you have to give him some of the credit for Green's struggles. But more than anything, Green never played with the kind of elevated effort the Celtics desperately needed from him. Green has had his ups and downs this season, but you would be hard-pressed to find him have a bigger disappearing act than the one we saw on Saturday. He finished with a season-low two points, missing all six of his shots from the field. Not sure which is the bigger disappointment, the fact that he didn't make a single shot from the field or the fact that he only got six field goal attempts.