Preview: Philadelphia 76ers (22-29) @ Minnesota Timberwolves (19-31)

Feb 16, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Philadelphia 76ers guard Jrue Holiday (11) dribbles during the 2013 NBA All-Star skills challenge at the Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

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.

Topics: Minnesota Timberwolves, Philadelphia 76ers, Pregame, Preview

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