Boston Celtics at Minnesota Timberwolves
February 2, 2020 at 8:00 PM EST
Timberwolves Look To Get Back On Right TrackThe Minnesota Timberwolves play host to the Boston Celtics at Target Center on Friday evening. This marks the first action after the all-star break for either team, while the Timberwolves look to build on their recent roster changes, and the Celtics look to keep up their fight for top playoff position in the East. The Timberwolves (16-37) dropped nine of their last 10 games, including their last two in a row before the all-star break. D'Angelo Russell looked solid in his two games so far with the team, as he topped 20 points in both outings. However, unfortunately for the Timberwolves, the anticipated duo of Russell and Karl-Anthony Towns will have to be put on hold, as Towns (wrist) is out for the time being. Malik Beasley has also looked great since joining the team and is averaging 22.0 points, 6.7 rebounds and 3.0 assists, over three games. The Timberwolves are shooting 43.7 percent from the field, which is fourth worst in the league. Meanwhile, the Celtics (38-16) have won eight of their last 10 games, including their last game before the break. This marks their first game of a four-game road trip, as they look to add to their 15-11 road record. Jayson Tatum, who made his first all-star appearance on Sunday, leads the Celtics with 22.4 points, 6.9 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.4 steals per game. Kemba Walker, who accompanied Tatum in the all-star game, is averaging 21.8 points, 5.0 assists, 4.1 rebounds and 1.0 steals per game. Jaylen Brown (calf) missed the Celtics' last contest but is expected to be ready for Friday. The Celtics average 113.1 points per game and are holding opponents to an average of 106.2 points per game, which is third fewest in the league.
By Dan Bruno
Posted on: 2/20/2020 7:38 PM