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Preview: Celtics vs Timberwolves in London

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Boston Celtics vs Minnesota Timberwolves
Wolves Logo London, England
Wednesday, October 10
2:30 pm Eastern time
Televised on Comcast Sports Net, ESPN 2
Pre-game show on CSN at 2:00
O2 Arena, London

To make the game even better, join your fellow Celtics fans in the chat room or on the game thread.  Check out the other side of the story on TWolves Blog.   
 
Key Matchups:
Kevin Garnett vs Al Jefferson
This may be the biggest matchup of the year.  In essence, these players were traded for each other.  The young player who is just breaking out and for whom the sky is the limit, versus the veteran who is one of the best of all time.  KG will want to beat his former team and Big Al will certainly want to prove that he can win as well.  This should be a great matchup. 

Kendrick Perkins vs Mark Blount
Who can forget Blount skipping across the floor in his first game against the Celtics after the trade or the embrace between Ricky and Blount after last season's game?  Blount is not known for his rebounding or his play in the paint.  Perk should be able to pretty much shut him down.  This is a grudge match. 

Rajon Rondo vs Randy Foye
Danny had worked out Foye a couple of times before last year's draft and there was talk of the Celtics trying to get him. Instead Danny made the trade for Telfair and drafted Rondo.   This is a matchup between 2 young point guards who have been given the keys to the team.  It will be interesting to see how they match up on both ends of the court. 

This is a much anticipated matchup between the two teams that have been involved in 2 blockbuster trades in the last 3 years.  The Wolves have 7 former Celtics on their team and the Celtics now have just 1 former Timberwolf in Kevin Garnett.    The former Celtics are going to want to beat their old team and will play hard.   This will be a game that pits veterans against youth.  The former Celtics will know Doc's system and KG knows the Wolves system.  A good coach will take that information and design a defense to stop it.  Coaching will once again be crucial in this matchup.   This may be just a preseason game, but there is a lot of pride at stake and it should be very intense because of it as can be seen in this quote from KG.   

"We’re going out to win the game. It’s kill or be killed. They’re going to play hard. It’s going to be a competitive game."