Dec 11, 2013; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens watches during the first quarter against the Los Angeles Clippers at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

Game 25 Preview: Wolves (12-12) @ Celtics (11-14)

Before the savagery: Props to Brad Stevens. The Boston Celtics are fifth in the league in points allowed (95.7 a game) and fourth in the Eastern Conference by virtue of leading the Atlantic Division (tied with the Central Division residing Detroit Pistons at 11-14). The fact they’re doing it with Jordan Crawford as the starting point guard while Rajon Rondo comes back from his exploding knee from last Spring is pretty impressive.

I wrote this about this game last Thursday…

After that Grizz game – and I just told you about this so it will sound familiar — the Wolves play Boston on the second night of a back-to-back. Sure the Wolves won by 18 on the Target Center floor last time — this time it’s in Boston, where the 4th-seeded Celtics are 5-6. Yep. I don’t know what else to say about the Celtics being the 4th seed in the East. Their record is 10-14. They lead the Atlantic Division. They are the Eastern Conference’s 4th seed with a game lead on 7-13 Toronto.

I got so little else to say about Boston, I’ll talk about Toronto — who just moved Rudy Gay and will soon move Kyle Lowry, I don’t know if that spells ‘tanking’ so much as they came to Jesus with their salaries — but I’ll just move on.

Celtics probable starting lineup:

PG Jordan Crawford

SG Avery Bradley

SF Jeff Green

PF Brandon Bass

C Jared Sullinger

Green disappeared against the Wolves last time. The C’s leading scorer is at 17 points a game and a little over 4 rebounds a night on over 47% shooting over his last 5.

Sullinger is getting around 30 minutes a night over the same span.

Bradley is shooting almost 40% from 3 on over 2.5 attempts a game on the season.

Crawford’s averaging over 6 assists over his last 5.

Wolves probable staring lineup:

PG Ricky Rubio

SG Kevin Martin

SF Corey Brewer

PF Kevin Love

C Nikola Pekovic

Wolves coach Rick Adelman had some words about Martin’s lack of movement after last night’s lackluster performance in the Wolves win in Memphis. It’ll be interesting if he’s just giving the veteran shooting guard some rest, some motivation, or both. The Wolves can’t rely on Love and Pek to — well, against the Celtics, leaning on those two could earn the Wolves a 2-1 mark on this three game road trip.

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