Philly has 3 more wins. The Wolves have 2 more losses. The Sixers are currently occupying the 9th seed in the Eastern Conference. The Wolves are solidly in the 12th. 3 teams stand between them and the 8th seeded Houston Rockets and 3 teams are between them and the basement. Both are unqualified disappointments.
Sixers probable starting lineup:
PG Jrue Holiday
SG Nick Young
SF Evan Turner
PF Lavoy Allen
C Spencer Hawes
Holiday is at 19 points and 9 assists on 45% shooting from the field with 35% from 3. It’s humorous to think Brandon Knight and him were compared to eachother once upon a draft night. Guy is a player.
I’m not going to mention Andrew Bynum or his injury.
Thaddeus Young is said to have an “outside chance” in playing in Sunday’s game, so I will assume that makes it likely he is still out for the time being and will miss tonight’s game at Target Center.
The disappointing #2 overall picks get a chance to duel this evening as Turner will audition for Minnesota, who are rumored to be among the potential suitors.
Wolves probable starting lineup:
PG Ricky Rubio
SG Luke Ridnour
SF Andrei Kirilenko
PF Derrick Williams
C Nikola Pekovic
Turner won’t actually be matched up with Williams, as AK47 makes his return after a thigh contusion laid him up before the All Star break.
Returning to health would seem to be a theme the Wolves will embrace once the trade deadline passes Thursday at 2 pm Central Standard. Ridnour? Roy? One of those 2 first rounders? All or none could be on the move.
Rubio has been averaging 15 points and 9 assists with 2.6 steals per game over the last 5. Shooting has been up and down, but he’s finding ways to score — averaging over 7 trips to the free throw line over that span.