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  • 09 April 2019
    MINNEAPOLIS -- Al Horfords return sparked the Boston Celtics on Saturday night. Coupled with Jae Crowder returning to the lineup, Boston is healthy again and looking like a team to compete in the Eastern Conference.The Minnesota Timberwolves wont be competing until they find more consistency.Horford and the Celtics travel to Minnesota on Monday night, having won four of their past six games. Horford scored 18 points, 11 rebounds, five assists, three blocks and two steals for Boston (7-6) in Saturdays 94-92 victory at Detroit.I felt really good, Horford said. It was just very frustrating these past few weeks, dealing with a lot of different things. Finally I was at the point where I felt good enough to play.Horford was Bostons prize free agent acquisition in the offseason, but he has been limited to four games because of a concussion. Crowder also returned Saturday for Boston after missing seven games with an ankle injury.With the two starters back, the Celtics were at full strength with Marcus Smart and Kelly Olynyk going back to the bench to boost the second unit.Horford scored with 1.3 seconds left and provided a key block on the other end to preserve the Celtics win over the Pistons.We didnt call a timeout in the last four minutes. They just played, Celtics coach Brad Stevens said. I felt like we had a good lineup in there to score and get to the basket, those types of things. Guys made the right reads and right plays.Minnesota (4-8) was also on the road Saturday. But the Memphis Grizzlies stifled the Timberwolves high-scoring offense in a 93-71 Memphis victory. Minnesota shot just 39.1 percent from the field and were held below 92 points for the first time this season.In the process, the Timberwolves slipped to 15th in the NBA in scoring at 105.0 points per game. Minnesota had 16 turnovers and was outrebounded 46-34.There are three things -- your defense, your rebounding and your turnovers -- that put you in position to win, Timberwolves coach Tom Thibodeau said. Two of those three we did not do well enough to win.Andrew Wiggins was held to seven points on 2-of-11 shooting from the field in the loss. Wiggins had sparked the team offensively, averaging 33 points per game in his previous six games.That was a rare night for that kid, Memphis coach David Fizdale said of Wiggins. Hes an animal.Wiggins will draw the defense of Crowder, who gives Boston a taller look after the team had started the 6-foot-4 Smart the previous five games. Horford could match up with Karl-Anthony Towns, who had 17 points and three rebounds on Saturday, or Gorgui Dieng, who finished with nine points and 11 rebounds.Minnesota split four home games last week before traveling to Memphis. Monday will be the Timberwolves sixth game in 10 days.We didnt play with energy, Timberwolves point guard Ricky Rubio said of Saturdays game. It was like we were the ones who playing back-to-back. CHEAP MLB JERSEYS CHINA . Haas said he "felt a lot of pain" in his right shoulder when he slammed his racket to the ground in frustration after losing his serve at 3-3 in the first set. WHOLESALE NFL JERSEYS . -- Canadian Andrew Wiggins got the ball on the wing, made a nifty spin move and then let go with a soft floater from about 10 feet that swished through the net in Allen Fieldhouse. . Supported by three-run homers from Jayson Werth and Wilson Ramos, the young right-hander went seven strong innings in the Washington Nationals 8-4 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday night. WHOLESALE JERSEYS FREE SHIPPING . -- Tony Stewart is 20 pounds lighter and has a titanium rod in his surgically repaired right leg. JERSEYS FROM CHINA . Brad Jacobs and his Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., team took control of the game early. Tony Stewart will take anything he can over the final 17 races of the Sprint Cup season. Hes not in a giving mood. And why should he be?That approach already started over the last few events, and the Brickyard 400 Sunday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway will include another afternoon of taking everything he can get -- and enter another dimension.Stewart, an Indiana native, will try to take in the entire atmosphere of his final Brickyard 400.Its a big weekend, obviously, Stewart said. Im not going to downplay it, because its one of the most important weekends of the year for me being at home and racing in front of friends and family for the last time there.Itll be an emotional weekend for sure, but Ive got a plan on how Im going to approach the weekend, and Im just going to stick to that plan and go about our work.Born in Rushville, Indiana, and living about 50 miles away in Columbus, the driver once known as the Rushville Rocket has his roots in IndyCar racing. He competed in the Indianapolis 500 five times, with a best of fifth, and won the 1997 IndyCar title.In an 18-year Sprint Cup career, Stewart has 49 victories, including two in the Brickyard 400. This will be his last race there; he announced last fall that 2016 would be his final Sprint Cup season.Despite missing the first eight races of 2016 with a broken back, Stewart sits comfortably in the Chase thanks to a win at Sonoma and a current 67-point cushion on 31st.Stewart has a first-, second- and fifth-place finish in three of the past four races. His second-place finish Sunday at New Hampshire included him rallying from 18th at one point and being sixth on a restart with 11 laps remaining.I can promise you, I wont leave anything on the table [at Indy], Stewart said. But I havent been leaving anything on the table anyway. What do I have to lose here? I dont have anything to lose. Were going to go get everything we can get out of it, and well take what we get at the end of the day.Were going to fight and claw and scrap and scrape like everybody else. Were dishing out what weve been taking for a while, now. The guys that have been leaning us, were leaning back on them. They know were here to mean business.That soounds much like his attitude from the 2011 Chase, where he won five of the final 10 races to capture the championship.ddddddddddddWhen Tony wants it, hes kind of hard to beat, said his former boss, Joe Gibbs, who remembers going to Indianapolis with Stewart.Its a huge deal for him, Gibbs said. He loves that place. Whenever Tony Stewart wants it, he can certainly make a run at it with his skill and talent.Itll be interesting. You hate to see him retire because he means a lot to our sport.The Brickyard week actually starts early as far as being special for Stewart. As owner of Eldora Speedway, Stewart will be working and focused on making sure the track has a smooth Camping World Truck Series race Wednesday night.Any distraction is a nice distraction from now until Friday morning, Stewart said.Stewart actually will get an unexpected distraction at Indianapolis: Jeff Gordon driving the No. 88 car for an ailing Dale Earnhardt Jr. , which will take away at least a little bit of the focus on Stewart.Earnhardt continues to battle balance issues and nausea likely related to concussions.Stewart will gladly see the spotlight shift to adopted Indiana son Gordon while obviously wishing that Earnhardt gets better.I dont need the spotlight on me, Stewart said. I show up to race; Im not the profile guy. That was Rusty Wallace and Jeff and some of these other guys. Rusty thrived on it; Jeff just deserved it.Ive never cared about that. I just want to race. Im a race-car driver. Im a racer. I dont care about all the hoopla. I just want to go race, and I want to have a good weekend and run well.Oh, there will be hoopla. You can count on it.I grew up my whole life in Indiana, Stewart said. I didnt move to Indiana. I didnt move away from Indiana. Im the only NASCAR driver in the Cup Series thats from Indiana that still lives in Indiana, and Im proud of where I was born.Im proud to be back. I still live in the town I was raised in. I take a lot of pride in that. I think the state of Indiana takes a lot of pride in that, and thats why it makes it a big weekend. ' ' '