Playoffs Rumors

The Wolves’ last playoff game at Target Center was Game 5 of the 2004 Western Conference finals against the Los Angeles Lakers, a 98-96 victory that forced a Game 6 they lost in L.A. “It’s great,” Wolves coach Tom Thibodeau said. “We’ve had great support all year and we certainly appreciate the support we’ve gotten. I know how hard this team has worked andfought to make it. You’re trying to erase 14 years of losing. It’s not an easy thing to do. This team has fought like crazy all year. We were basically a three-seed when Jimmy went down. We finished out game out of the fourth spot. I’m proud of what they’ve done and now our challenge is to win this next game.” Injuries
For example, tonight’s Game 3 between the Celtics and the Bucks could be termed as a swing game. Boston enters the contest with a 2-0 series lead, and a win would give it a commanding 3-0 lead. No team in NBA playoff history has ever blown a 3-0 series advantage. “Momentum can change, yes,” said Celtics big man Greg Monroe, “but we’re not going in here saying, ‘Oh, this is a swing game.’ We don’t use that term. “I think that’s a term that people from [the media] might make. Here (in the locker room), it’s that you’re trying to win each individual game, from a player’s standpoint.”
The C’s need Horford’s versatile defense, and they need his post-up ability. That’s why they’re leaning on him as much as they possibly can during this series. And thanks to that old-fashioned recovery plan, Horford believes that he’ll be able to stand up to the task. “It’s obviously hard on the body,” said Horford, “but it’s part of the reason I feel like Coach has managed our minutes all year, for this situation.” Horford added, “This is go-time. It’s the Playoffs. This is what you play for. I’m just happy to have this opportunity.”