"That's what we did last year," said Jefferson. "I think we beat the Timberwolves in a game last year to help knock them out of the playoffs, so that's what we're going to do this year."
“I don’t remember that game,” he said...
WOLVES BEAT SIXERS 104-88
If you're a regular on this site, then you probably know that the Wolves have been better lately. The three losses following the Boston effort leading into the the All-Star Break were a downer (especially the Toronto and LA Lakers losses), but nothing compared to the putrid effort in November and December. Right before the season, I looked at certain factors I would be watching for and winning wasn't on the list. However, reviewing the list tonight, I'm starting to see some positive results in relation to what I was looking for. This brings us to tonight. In my lust to see the team just pull out a game or two, I totally forgot what it was like to win a boring yawner.
"Turbo" Brewer taking it to the hoop in the first quarter. (AP Photo)
I have had the fortune of attending all 9 of the Wolves home wins this season and for the previous 8 wins, there was some serious energy in the Target Center, no matter how small the crowd was. Tonight, the crowd started to empty out with 3 minutes left in the fourth in the same manner they emptied out of Target Center in the blowout losses. Looking at the box score, I see that the Wolves outscored the 76ers in all four quarters and also somehow shot nearly 50% from the field. When the game ended, I asked my buddy Ryan, "How did they score 100 points tonight?" I still really have no idea. At the conclusion of the game, I think the lineup was Foye, McCants, Jaric, Gomes and Smith and all five were in double digits. Further review reveals that the Wolves put 7 players in double digits. Then I realized something: I think the Philidelphia 76ers I saw tonight are the worst team I've seen play so far this year. If nothing, they're easily in one of the worst situations in the NBA.
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