Scouting Report: Wolves (16-17) at 76ers (12-21) | Jan. 6, 2014

Scouting Report: Wolves (16-17) at 76ers (12-21) | Jan. 6, 2014


Timberwolves at 76ers | 6:00 PM — Wells Fargo Center

Where to Watch: Fox Sports North

Where to Listen: 830 WCCO-AM

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Despite winning three of their last five games, the Wolves are still in a bit of a limbo, trying to get over that .500 mark. Minnesota currently sits at 16-17, good for ninth place in the Western Conference.

The Wolves will try to recover from a tough loss to the Thunder on Saturday. This starts off a week in which the Wolves will play three games (76ers, Sun and Bobcats).

Philadelphia has been hot lately and will have rookie phenom Michael Carter-Williams available for this one. The guard was out with a skin infection the first time these two teams matched up.

Last Meeting

The two teams last faced off on Dec. 11 at the Target Center with Minnesota winning 106-99. The Wolves came back from a 39-20 first quarter deficit.

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Kevin Love led the Wolves with 26 points, 15 rebounds and five assists. Ricky Rubio added 21, while Nikola Pekovic scored 20 points and hauled in 10 rebounds. Robbie Hummel and Corey Brewer each scored 10 points.

Tony Wroten and Spencer Hawes scored 20 points each to lead Philadelphia. James Anderson and Thaddeus Young scored 16 apiece while Evan Turner added 13. Philadelphia was without rookie guard Michael Carter-Williams.

This Week’s Results

The Wolves are coming off of a tough 115-111 loss to Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Love had three free throws with two seconds left. Had Love made all three the Wolves would have taken a one-point lead. Love finished with 30 points, 14 rebounds and five assists. Pekovic joined the 30-point club, scoring 31 points while hauling in 11 rebounds. Kevin Martin and Core Brewer combined for 32 points, while Rubio had 13 points and 10 assists.

Minnesota is 3-2 in its last five games.

Philadelphia is hot, having won its last four games, including Saturday’s stunning 101-99 road win against the Portland Trail Blazers.

In that win, Young led the 76ers with 30 points. Turner added 23, while Carter-Williams finished with 16 points and nine rebounds. Wroten led the second unit with 12 points.

What To Watch: Corey Brewer vs. Evan Turner

Both of these players were top-10 picks that many thought weren’t going to pan out. Both players, though, found their niche in the NBA and have become very important pieces on their respective teams.

Brewer, a defensive-minded forward, will focus on Turner for the majority of the night.

Turner is averaging a career-high 19.8 points per game this season to go with 6.7 rebounds and four assists. Brewer is averaging 12 points per game in just under 33 minutes of play this season.

Injury Report

The Wolves have two players close to returning, but a return date for either player isn’t known. Ronny Turiaf (elbow) started participating in 5-on-5 drills last week, while Chase Budinger’s (knee) return looks like it could come this week after the team sent Shabazz Muhammad to the D-League on Sunday. Luc Mbah a Moute suffered a groin injury on Wednesday against New Orleans. He’s questionable tonight.

Both Jason Richardson and Nerlens Noel will be out with knee injuries. Forward Arnette Moultrie is out indefinitely with an ankle injury.

Probable Starters
  Timberwolves 76ers
PG Ricky Rubio Hollis Thompson
SG Kevin Martin Michael Carter-Williams
SF Corey Brewer Evan Turner
PF Kevin Love Thaddeus Young
C Nikola Pekovic Spencer Hawes


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