Game 72: Celtics (50-21) vs. Timberwolves (17-56)

Tip-off: 7 p.m. (ET)
Records: Celtics (50-21), Timberwolves (17-56)
Broadcast info: CSN, WEEI
Officials: Ken Mauer, Kevin Cutler, Courtney Kirkland

Probable starters:
Celtics:
PG: Rajon Rondo
SG: Ray Allen
SF: Paul Pierce
PF: Kevin Garnett
C: Nenad Krstic

Timberwolves:
PG: Luke Ridnour
SG: Wesley Johnson
SF: Michael Beasley
PF: Anthony Randolph
C: Darko Milicic

Storylines:

Love’s return: Kevin Love has missed the past two games with a strained left groin but he participated in a light practice Saturday and is questionable for tonight’s game. If Love return, it could make a big impact. He averaged 20.3 points and a league-leading 15.4 rebounds and he picked off 24 boards in a 96-93 loss to the Celtics on Jan. 3. Anthony Randolph, a castoff from the New York Knicks, has been sparking in Love’s absence, scoring a combined 55 points with 26 rebounds in two games.

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Four-game road trip: The Celtics are 2 1/2 games behind the Chicago Bulls and just one-half game ahead of the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference. This trip — Minnesota, Indiana, San Antonio and Atlanta — could determine whether Boston is the No. 1 seed or No. 3 seed. Team president Danny Ainge has put the onus of the team’s recent skid on the Big Four and the four have accepted responsibility.