by Ya Mudda
We are roughly a month in the NBA season and the Minnesota Timberwolves have yet to register a home win. It’s kind of amazing, really, taking into account that they have beaten the Bulls, the Heat and the Hawks on the road. To be fair, the teams that have visited Target Center have been top notch so far, but tonight is the night for the Timberwolves to appease fans and get their first home win. That’s because the Philadelphia 76ers are in town. The 76ers are not interested in winning games, it’s plain and simple, they are in continuous tank mode until they luck into a superstar draft pick whereas the Wolves are actually trying to compete. They already know they are destined for the lottery but why not gain some valuable experience for the young guys. The 76ers rank pretty bad by every metric, they are dead last in points per game at 90. While in both assists and rebounds they rank in the bottom 5, As a team they shoot 41% from the field and 30% from 3. This is not great. They are yet to register a win this season, but every dog has his day. The 76ers do have some talent on their roster even though it’s mostly in the form of ex-D-league players, but among them are coveted draftees Jahlil Okafor and Nerlens Noel. These two form a really big front court. While Okafor is basically only worried about scoring the ball, Noel is very good defensively; if I’m not mistaken he has the most steals of any big man in the league.
The Timberwolves are nursing a two game losing streak, one of which was a tough overtime loss to the Magic off some great shot making by Evan Fournier. Coach Mitchell has indicated he is going to insert Kevin Martin into the starting lineup in place of Prince in order to get more offensive production. Martin even at age 32 is a sensational scorer, he’s great from distance and his ability to draw fouls is as good as any of the top tier super stars in the league. I think this is a good move because we don’t need two offensive duds in the starting lineup and Martin has Rubio and Wiggins on the wing to help him out as well as Garnett and Towns behind him to cover any deficiencies. This game presents a chance to get back to winning ways for the Timberwolves.
That being said, I fully expect the 76ers to drink Michael’s secret stuff before the game and torch the Timberwolves into oblivion. Last year, the 76’s got their first win of the season against Minnesota, I hope it doesn’t happen again this year.
Matchups to Watch:
Okafor vs. Towns. Battle of the 1st and 3rd picks in the draft and arguably the two best big men in this draft (Zingus Tingus!). Okafor has some size on him as well as some skill in the post; this could be an entertaining contest and probably the only interesting thing about this game to watch. Yeah that’s all. There’s literally no other reason to watch this game unless the 76ers come out like literal fireballs, literally.