Returning Irving leads Celtics into the playoffs
At the Boston Celtics Superstar Kyrie Irving returns after his break and leads his team into the playoffs with a victory against the Timberwolves.
After a game break Superstar Kyrie Irving has returned to the Boston Celtics squad and promptly helped his team to victory.
Brad Stevens’ side beat Minnesota Timberwolves 117:109 and secured second place in the playoffs after the Toronto Raptors. Irving achieved 23 points, seven rebounds and eight assists. The Point Guard was thus the best thrower of his franchise.
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Celtics had started the game at an incredible speed. In the first quarter Irving and Co. were able to score 35 points, seven more than the Timberwolves. After another good second stage, the second leg was followed by a 14 point lead into the break.
The Timberwolves scored more points in the last two quarters, but Celtics’ lead from the half-time break was too big for Minnesota to get another taste of victory.
Alongside Kyrie Irving, Al Horford was particularly convincing in Celtics. The Power Forward scored 20 points, eight rebounds and six assists and made a decisive contribution to the success.
The German in the Celtics squad, Daniel Theiß, stood ten minutes on the floor and got one point, two rebounds and two assists.
Among the Timberwolves, Nemanja Bjelica dominated. The Yugoslav-born Power Forward played a double with 30 points (career-best score), twelve rebounds and two assists. Eleven of his 16 litters he sunk into the basket. Taj Gibson contributed another 18 points.
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Without the injured Jimmy Butler, the Timberwolves are still having a hard time. The defeat against Celtics is the third bankruptcy in a row. With a balance sheet of 38:29, the Wolves are currently ranked sixth in the West. Celtics rank second in Eastern Conference behind the Raptors (NBA table)
The next game is for Boston against the Indiana Pacers, Timberwolves against the Golden State Warriors (NBA schedule)