Wolves vs. 76ers Gameday




MENZIE HENDERSON
Wolves Writer


Wolves vs 76ers 7:00 PM - Target Center
Where to Watch: NBALP
Where to Listen: 1130 AM

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Notable Injuries:
Wolves:
* Luke Ridnour (personal reasons) - OUT
* Martell Webster (back spasms) - OUT
* Michael Beasley (left ankle sprain) - DAY-TO-DAY
* Darko Milicic (hip flexor strain) - DAY-TO-DAY

76ers:
* C Tony Battie (sprained wrist) - DAY-TO-DAY

Scouting Report:

Big Picture
The Philadelphia 76ers roll into Target Center riding high after defeating the league's top team with a 77-71 victory at home last night against San Antonio. Rallying around the offensive surge of second-year guard Jrue Holiday and winning eight of their past 11 games, the 76ers have positioned themselves in the Eastern Conference playoff picture, sitting in the seventh spot with an overall record of 25-58.

Last Time Out
The 76ers played a gritty, retro style of basketball on the defense end to edge the Spurs on Friday night. Clamping down on San Antonio's shooters, Philadelphia held the Spurs to just 33 percent from the floor. Jrue Holiday poured in 27 points to lead Philadelphia in the victory.

The Wolves were ousted by Dahntay Jones and the Indiana Pacers last night 116-105. Jones scored all 19 of his points in the fourth quarter to close the door on the Timberwolves, playing "out of his mind", said Kevin Love following Friday night's contest. Love scored 22 points and grabbed 15 rebounds.

The Numbers Game
The Minnesota bench continued to play a pivotal role in last night's loss. Lazar Hayward scored 12 of his 14 points in the first half, while Wayne Ellington also contributed 14. The reserves have stepped up admirably to fill the offensive void left by the absences of Michael Beasley and Luke Ridnour.

Match-up to Watch
Kevin Love vs. Elton Brand

While Kevin Love continues to lead the Wolves with routine double-double performances, Elton Brand has also stayed consistent for the 76ers. Brand averages 15.4 points and 8.7 rebounds per game to lead Philadelphia's frontcourt. Both proven forwards have shown capabilities of scoring outbursts, so look for the battle in the paint to be a difference maker in tonight's contest.

What to Look For
With Michael Beasley sidelined nursing a nagging ankle injury, Wayne Ellington's role has expanded as he continues to be an offensive spark off the bench. Ellington has taken advantage of the extended playing time by recording double-digits in three consecutive games. The depleted Timberwolves roster will need similar production from the former North Carolina standout to overcome Philadelphia.

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