Boston Celtics vs. Minnesota Timberwolves: Postgame Grades & Analysis for Boston

Michael PinaFeatured ColumnistApril 1, 2013

Boston Celtics vs. Minnesota Timberwolves: Postgame Grades & Analysis for Boston

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    Without Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett, the Boston Celtics fell to the Minnesota Timberwolves by a score of 110-100. The Celtics trailed the Timberwolves by five at the half. 

    Jeff Green led Boston in minutes played but was a non-factor offensively, playing his role to form as an inconsistent threat. He finished with just 10 points on a night the Celtics needed him to score. 

    The Celtics turned the ball over 17 times and allowed the Timberwolves to attempt 27 free throws, two huge reasons why they couldn't come away with a victory. 

Point Guard: Avery Bradley

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    Bradley made up for a poor shooting performance on Sunday against the New York Knicks by knocking down his first two jumpers and then trying to throw down a dunk over Andrei Kirilenko. 

    He finished the first quarter with eight points on 3-of-4 shooting. That production continued in the second quarter, and Bradley headed into halftime with a team-high 15 points. 

    His shot continued to fall in the few instances he put one up in the second half, and he finished with 19 points. 

    Grade: A-

Shooting Guard: Courtney Lee

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    In his first start since spraining his ankle against the Dallas Mavericks, Courtney Lee looked tentative early on, forcing a few really bad shots in the first quarter. 

    Lee's hustle was there for the whole game, though. Unfortunately, he went 2-of-6 from the floor, scoring just five points. Lee's disappointing season continues. 

    Grade: C

Small Forward: Jeff Green

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    Without Paul Pierce, Jeff Green was forced to play the entire first half at small forward. He assumed Pierce's playmaking role unsuccessfully on a few possessions, and for some reason he didn't attack the basket on any dribble drives. 

    There weren't any free throws attempted in that first half, either, which is a huge part of his offense. 

    Green finished with 10 points, seven rebounds and five assists in a team-high 38 minutes. 

    Grade: C

Power Forward: Brandon Bass

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    Bass understood from the beginning that with no Paul Pierce, he'd have to make a difference on the offensive end. He got to the free-throw line and actually set up Shavlik Randolph on a beautiful bounce pass. 

    But Bass isn't capable of sustaining good play when burdened with too much responsibility. He finished the game with 13 points on 5-of-13 shooting. 

    Grade: C+

Center: Chris Wilcox

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    Wilcox actually played some pretty good post defense on Nikola Pekovic, surely one of the more difficult covers he's had to deal with all season. 

    Unfortunately, his physicality resulted in two quick fouls just four minutes into the game. Wilcox only played 12 minutes and scored four points. 

    Grade: D-

Sixth Man: Jason Terry

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    Terry was hot and cold throughout this game, disappearing for stretches, then knocking down random shots to help keep Boston alive. 

    He had 11 points heading into the fourth quarter. He didn't hit another shot until there was just under seven minutes left in the fourth quarter. 

    Grade: C+

Bench

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    Bench

    Terrence Williams had his best 10 minutes as a Celtic in the first half, scoring seven points and knocking down a three-pointer. 

    Jordan Crawford took a ton of shots (11) and finished with six rebounds, but most of them were wild and off-balance attempts. 

    Shavlik Randolph didn't have his best effort, only grabbing two rebounds in 21 minutes. 

    Grade: C-