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Sunday, February 11th (All times eastern)

Boston Celtics (12-37) at Minnesota Timberwolves (23-27), 6 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Boston Celtics will get another chance to stop a franchise-worst 17-game losing streak when they visit the Minnesota Timberwolves tonight at the Target Center.

The Celtics, whose last win was a 128-119 victory over Memphis on January 5, suffered a 92-78 loss to New Jersey on Friday at TD Banknorth Garden. Boston star forward Paul Pierce returned to the hardwood for the first time in 24 games after being sidelined since December with an injured foot.

Pierce travelled with the team to Detroit earlier this week, but was sent home on Tuesday and later hospitalized due to an infection in his left elbow. He came off the bench with 4:12 left in the first quarter and finished with nine points in just over 20 minutes of action.

Delonte West paced the Celtics with 21 points and Al Jefferson posted a double-double with 13 points and 17 rebounds for Boston, which is last in the Atlantic standings.

Boston has lost seven in a row on the road and is 8-16 away from Beantown this season. Celtics center Michael Olowokandi (flu) and forward Wally Szczerbiak (ankle) are both questionable for Sunday's game.

Meanwhile, the Timberwolves will open a brief two-game homestand and have lost five of their last six games, including Friday's 105-97 overtime loss to Memphis at FedExForum.

Mark Blount posted 25 points and nine rebounds for the Timberwolves, who are 10 games off the lead in the Northwest Division. Kevin Garnett notched 20 points and 17 boards, while Ricky Davis had 16 points, nine assists and eight boards in the setback.

Minnesota is 14-9 at home this season and will also host Denver.

Sunday's matchup between Boston and Minnesota is the first of two meetings this season. The T'wolves have won two of the last three encounters.

Boston has won five of the last six contests at the Target Center.

02/11 10:44:08 ET

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