The Timberwolves’ 104-89 victory over Boston on Sunday night in a place where hockey usually packs ‘em in confirmed what Rick Adelman already suspected about his team while it still left questions about those things he doesn’t yet know.

“We’ll make shots” he said afterward. “This team will be able to score I believe.”

The NBA’s worst three-point shooting team a season ago the Wolves made 10 threes on a night at Bell Centre when Adelman played starters Kevin Love Kevin Martin and Ricky Rubio together significantly for the first time since the team’s preseason opener and this time his starters responded more to his liking at the game’s beginning and end.

After lamenting sluggish start during the team’s first four preseason games Adelman watched his top unit – with Derrick Williams inserted at small forward for Corey Brewer – build an early 20-9 lead against a Celtics team that now is 1-6 in the preseason. Then he sent his starters – with Brewer subbed for Williams – back into the game midway through the fourth quarter and watched them rip off an 11-2 run in 2 ½ minutes before sitting them down for the night.

In between the Wolves’ offense was inconsistent: They had nine assists in the first quarter and one in the second and afterward Adelman stressed the need for better ball movement.

Martin played 30 minutes after missing essentially the three previous games because of a sore Achilles tendon. He practiced five days last week during an unusual eight-day break and declared himself feeling “great” after a 7-for-16 shooting performance that include five threes on a 21-point night.

“We’ve been waiting for a really solid wing scorer like Kevin” Love said after delivering a 22-point 9-rebound game himself.

Martin responded in turn.

“I’m glad he thinks that” Martin said. “He’s the post scorer I’ve always been waiting for.”

Sunday’s game though left Adelman uncertain about the state of his team’s defense and just what he will do at small forward where Williams played 23 minutes and offered a 5-point 7-rebound 2-assist 1-block game.