Tuesday, December 3, 7:00 PM (EST) at Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA
10-7 (3rd Atlantic, 6th East)
7-8 (4th Northwest, 11th West)
TV: Comcast SportsNet Radio: 97.5 The Fanatic FM | Live Stats
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by Warren Croxton
Minnesota is one of the league's best rebounding teams, averaging 45.3 per game, good for fifth in the NBA. Perennial All-Star forward Kevin Love, having just recently returned from a broken hand suffered in October, has averaged 15.3 rebounds in six games played, which matches the mark set by rebounding leader Anderson Varejao (CLE). Forward Andrei Kirilenko is second on the team in rebounds (7.8) and is enjoying his highest average since the 2005-06 season.
O Ricky, Where Art Thou?
Point guard Ricky Rubio has spent the last eight and a half months rehabbing from a torn left ACL and the ensuing reconstructive surgery. On Sunday, the second-year product from Spain practiced for the first time since the injury and is hoping to make his return in the near future. The 2011-12 Rookie of the Year runner-up averaged 10.6 points, 8.2 assists, 4.2 rebounds, and 2.2 steals per game last season.
Peaks and Valleys
The Minnesota Timberwolves come into this matchup with the Sixers holding a 7-8 record on the young season. A team with a streaky history this year, the T-Wolves opened the season with a 4-1 record before losing six of their next seven games. In their last three games, they've won two, with the only loss coming on the road against the Clippers (95-101, November 28).
Rick Adelman's Wolves have struggled offensively this season, scoring 92.5 points per game (27th in the league). The team has won games by virtue of a defense that ranks fifth in the NBA, giving up just about as many points as the team scores on the other end (92.6). Despite a balanced scoring attack, led by six players averaging double figures, Minnesota has only scored 100 points on one occasion this season (107, Nov. 5 vs. BKN).
LAST TIME THEY MET
2/19/2012 - Sixers 91, Timberwolves 92
In a controversial ending in Minnesota, Timberwolves forward Kevin Love was fouled with one tenth of a second remaining in regulation, his team down 91-90. He sank both, delivering a one-point victory for his team. Love shot 7-for-23 from the floor, but scored 20 points and pulled down 15 boards. The Timberwolves saw five players score in double figures, led by Ricky Rubio’s 22 points. He also had six rebounds and five assists in the win. Jrue Holiday led the Sixers in scoring with 20 points on 10-of-20 shooting. Thaddeus Young (10 points) was one of four Sixers to score in double-digits. His jumper with 40 seconds to go gave the Sixers a 91-90 lead, before Love hit the winning free-throws with under a second remaining.