"I hope it's here," Pekovic said. "That's what I'm thinking about only. That's my preference, to stay here. I like it. I enjoy it. I hope I'll stay."
For once, the Timberwolves had the healthiest team on the floor.
One day after twisting his left ankle against the Knicks, Pierce did not make the trip because of personal reasons and Rajon Rondo has been out since the end of January with a torn ACL in his right knee. Garnett, the face of the Timberwolves franchise for 12 years, was not in town either while he dealt with inflammation in his left ankle, much to the chagrin of a Minnesota basketball community that still adores him.
Boston's annual visit to Target Center is still one of the most anticipated games of the year, with Minnesota fans pulling on their blue No. 21s and their green No. 5s to cheer for the biggest star the team has ever had. Without KG in the building, the crowd was rather subdued, and Rivers openly hoped that it wouldn't be the last time Garnett had a chance to play in Minnesota.
"Every year we don't know if it's his last time," Rivers said before the game. "Obviously I hope not and we all hope not, but you never know with Kevin. Every summer from this point on in his career he's going to decide if he's coming back or not. I would hope that this isn't (his last year) because I think you would want him to play in this last game here. So let's hope that this isn't."
NOTES: The Celtics whistled for 21 fouls in the game, while the Timberwolves got just 11. ... The Timberwolves scored a season-high 23 fast-break points. ... Ricky Rubio had nine points and 10 assists for the Timberwolves.