The Celtics will stroll into Minneapolis to take on the Timberwolves tonight. The starters will get their chance to improve after finally getting back to full strength Saturday. Let’s take a look at the details.
When: Monday, November 21st @8:00 PM
Who: Minnesota Timberwolves. Head Coach: Tom Thibodeau
Where: The Target Center in Minneapolis
Team Rankings as of Sunday morning on the 20th
Tom Thibodeau is well known as one of the best defensive coaches in the game. He has the T-Wolves playing solid defense, as they are ranked in the top 5 in 9 of the 21 categories above. Minnesota has not been a very good rebounding teams as far as rebound totals go, but part of that has to do with holding their opponents to the second fewest field goal attempts.
Wiggins is playing the best basketball of his young career. He is shooting a ridiculous 50% from three with 3. 8 shots per game. His specialty though, is his mid-range game, and getting to the free throw line. Wiggins is averaging 8. 2 free throw attempts per game. Those offensive numbers have him leading the team with 25. 7 points per game.
Depending how Crowder’s ankle is responding to his first game back in a while, Coach Stevens may consider playing Jaylen Brown on Wiggins for long stretches tonight. Brown’s athleticism and strength could be valuable in trying to slow Wiggins down.
LaVine is scoring 19. 1 points per game, and also has impressive numbers from three, as he is knocking down 44% of his threes. What’s more impressive about LaVine’s three point percentage is that it’s that good with him taking 6. 8 threes a game.
Avery Bradley will likely be matched up with LaVine, and Bradley’s defensive abilities should help limit LaVine’s offense. Minnesota has quite of few really good young potential players, and it is often LaVine who is not given enough credit for his development. He is a very good scorer, and has well know freakish athleticism.
Towns, along with the previous two players mentioned, is just 21 years old, and averaging 21. 8 ppg, 8. 4 rpg, 2. 3 apg, and 1. 3 bpg. He is one of the best big men to come out of the draft in the last four years. To continue with the theme, Towns is shooting 41. 7% from three on 4. 0 three point attempts per game. You could probably credit one-third of Wiggins quality shots to Towns’ impact on the opposition’s defensive game plan.
It’s a good thing we got Horford back because we will really need him to try to minimize Towns’ impact offensively. Horford closes out well, and is such a smart defender. He should, at least, be able to make Towns’ work hard for almost every bucket.