The Celtics lost their seventh game in the last nine last night, but there was a bright spot in the 110-100 defeat to the Timberwolves. Avery Bradley broke out of his offensive funk with 19 points, the total he had in the last four games combined.

The third-year guard shot 28.9 percent from the floor in the 10 games prior, but he drilled a 19-footer to begin this one and finished 8-for-14.

“He needed it,” said C’s coach Doc Rivers. “It was good. I think five games in a row we’ve run the first play of the game for him, and finally he came up with a jumper. I just really believe he needed it to go in. I told him after the game the arc was back on his shot; it wasn’t flat, so that was good to see. I think that’ll make him a better defender, too. He’ll be able to relax.”

Said Bradley, “I haven’t been playing as well as I wanted to. Tonight it was good to see some shots go in. It was just confidence. It’s always good to see them go in. When you’re not making shots and you’re not able to help your team, it’s hard. It was hard for me, because I didn’t feel like I was performing well for my teammates. I’m just going to continue to play hard, if I’m making shots or not. That’s all I can do.”

Local hero no-show

The locals were obviously disappointed that Kevin Garnett wasn’t here to play against his old team, recovering from his left foot/ankle inflammation.

“Listen, every year we don’t know if it’s his last time,” said Rivers. “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.

“You know, I would hope that this isn’t (his last year), because you would want him to play in his last game here. So let’s hope this isn’t.”