BOSTON — The Celtics moved to the number one spot in the eastern conference after blowing out the Minnesota Timberwolves 134-112. It was a long time coming for the C’s as they’ve been on a hot streak since the midway point of the season. They’ve now won 11 of their last 12 games, and are on a six game winning streak.
“It’s been a journey,” said Jayson Tatum. “We had to find out identity. Lost some teammates; got some new guys. We’ve had to battle, but it’s been fun. We had some tougher times, but we’ve benefited from it.”
Now at the #1 seed right now, the Celtics would likely play the Brooklyn Nets—a team that’s been hot since Kyrie and KD have been back. However, Coach Ime Udoka, isn’t pressed about that.
He said, “teams manipulate where they want to play. We’re not concerned about that.”
As for last nights game—the Celtics looked sharp. They jumped to a early single digit lead in the first quarter. The second quarter is where the lead began to jump to double digits, then to 20 points. Celtics outscored the T’Wolves by 19 in the second quarter. At halftime, the score was 72-49.
Jaylen Brown finished with 31 points and 10 rebounds. Tatum finished with 34 points. Of the bench the C’s got some help. Derrick White finished with 15 points and Payton Pritchard dropped 11 points.
However, with the C’s success, came some worrying news, Robert Williams went out the game in the second half with a left knee sprain. He didn’t return for the rest of the game. And with Al Horford out (personal reasons), that left Grant Williams to guard Karl-Anthony Towns.
Williams finished with 11 points and held big KAT to just 19 points and four rebounds. Also, Anthony Edwards led the team with 24 points. But by the time Minnesota put things together offensively, the lead was too large.
The Celtics now at the top seed of the eastern conference, but have the same record as the Miami Heat at 47-28. And with only seven games left in the season, anything can happen. Coach Udoka and the C’s will try to make one last push before the playoffs. Boston will face the Toronto Raptors on the road tonight.