The Wolves play the Philadelphia 76ers tonight at Target Center at 7 P.M. CST. The game will be shown on FSN (Minnesota) and League Pass (everywhere else). It can be heard on WCCO 830.
This is the second game of a back-to-back for the Timberwolves (10-11), who bounced back from a 103-82 by Miami on Saturday to annihilate Detroit on the road last night, beating the Pistons 121-94. Having a rested Kevin Love helps (obvi): Love had 26, 16, and 7 after missing the Heat game because of his grandmother’s funeral and having additional rest because of the Mexico City “Up In Smoke” non-game.
The 76ers (7-15) are not a good team right now. And they’re especially bad on the road, having lost eight in a row on the road heading into Wednesday.
Making matters worse for the Sixers, it looks like they will again have to play without injured super rookie Michael Carter-Williams, who was recently released from the hospital after being hospitalized for three nights whilst waiting for an arthritic skin infection in his right knee to clear up. Carter-Williams is listed as day-to-day, but appears unlikely to play in tonight’s tilt.
It’s hard to overstate how much MCW’s absence hurts the Sixers. The dynamic rookie is averaging 17.7 points, 7.3 assists, 5.8 rebounds and (an NBA-leading) 3.1 steals. More important, Philly is 1-6 when Carter-Williams hasn’t played, and 6-9 when he has played. In his absence, they’ll rely on large doses of Evan Turner, with Thad Young and Spencer Hawes their other main options.
The Wolves should win this game. The 76ers are miserably bad and are perhaps the worst team in the NBA.
“But wait,” you might be thinking. “Your headline says ‘How the 76ers are the *Best* Team in the NBA.’ Wtf are you talking about”?
Below the fold, I explain how the 76ers can be considered the best team in the NBA .