Truth In Contradictions: Timberwolves vs. Sixers Preview/Game Thread

Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

Every Sixers tank related lie is true.

Game 34
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January 6, 2014
Wells Fargo Center
7:00 PM ET
CSN
Probable Starters
Ricky Rubio PG Michael Carter-Williams
Kevin Martin SG Hollis Thompson
Corey Brewer SF Evan Turner
Kevin Love PF Thaddeus Young
Nikola Pekovic C Spencer Hawes
2012/13 Advanced Stats
100.3 (2) Pace 102.5 (1)
104.9 (10) ORtg 98.5 (25)
102.9 (15) DRtg 105.6 (25)
Game Officials
Mike Callahan
Pat Fraher
Violet Palmer

Contradictory things can be true:

1). The Sixers are dooming themselves. In a season where some projected the Sixers to be among the worst teams in NBA history, they have eclipsed the win total of the 1972-73 Sixers by three wins 33 games into the 2013-14 season, including four straight road wins all against teams in the NBA's superior conference. The guarantee of a top four pick is now in such grave jeopardy that trades of Thaddeus Young, Spencer Hawes, and Evan Turner are no longer the tanking safeguard once believed. Everything the Sixers planned for this season has gone to hell in a handbasket thanks to an unforeseen combination of coaching, close game luck, and unexpected skill.

2). The Sixers are going to be all right. The withdrawal of the guaranteed top four pick does not guarantee the absence of a top four pick. Things are not going as planned, but change is not exclusive to them. Andrew Wiggins is not the guaranteed number one pick he was three months ago, Jabari Parker is not the questionable fit he was three months ago, Joel Embiid may or may not be the second coming of Hakeem Olajuwon, Julius Randle has somehow slipped beneath some people's radars, and the dumbest fucking idea in the world looms over everything. Everyone's future is unwritten, and Sam Hinkie knows more than you.

3). There is no #TeamChill. There is no #TeamPanic. There are not two sides to this coin. Every argument surrounding this debate you believe to be a lie is true, and the Sixers are tearing away into championship contention.

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The Minnesota Timberwolves come to town tonight in a microcosm of tonight's BCS National Championship game. The Timberwolves are Florida State, and they will win tonight because the statistics demand it. Meanwhile the Sixers are Auburn, and they will win tonight because the narrative demands it.

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