The Sixers had quite the week last week. They reached .500 by winning three games in three completely different ways. The first game against the Raptors was a game I wasn't very optimistic about. At the time the Sixers were 2-5 and were about to play a team that had already beaten them, on their home court, in the opener. Surprisingly, the Sixers played inspired ball for the first time all season and pulled out a tough win. The big win against the Raptors was supposed to launch the season in the right direction, but the Sixers came out with a lackluster performance two nights later. The Sixers found themselves down by 26 to a much lesser team, the Indiana Pacers. This game was painful for two reasons. Number one, I hate Jim O'Brien, the coach of the Pacers. Sorry Jim. Number two, I taped the game and planned on coming home to watch it, only to check my phone with a ton of texts to ruin the game for me. And there's nothing less enjoyable than watching a game when you already know the outcome. The problem was, the Sixers ended up coming back from 26 down to beat the Pacers. A huge win to say the least, and I missed it. Then they destroyed the Thunder the very next night--an exciting game to watch.
Tomrrow the Sixers will try to extend their winning streak to four against the 1-8 Minnesota TimberWolves. Again, the Sixers should win, but the way their season has gone so far, nothing would surprise me. If the Sixers are ever going to be considered a legitimate contender, they need to beat bad teams, especially those of the 1-8 kinds. They need to win tonight to keep things rolling.
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What to look for:
-All Sixers' fans, including me to take their man-crush of Thaddeus Young to another level.
-I can't wait to get a good look at Kevin Love.
-Al Jefferson is the T'Wolves best player by far and last year Sammy D had 9 blocks (mostly against him) including the potential game-tying jumphook.
-The Sixers had trouble keeping Jermaine O'neal and Chris Bosh off the glass, especially offensively. Jefferson and Love could have a field day.
-Rodney Carney, Kevin Ollie and Calvin Booth's return! I miss you Rodney.
-Andre Iguodala to continue to resurrect his disappointing start to the season.
-Andre Miller to stop shooting so much.
-M16 to be a factor. I just feel it.
-Lou Williams to put together a solid game, hopefully.
TV: Comcast SportsNet
Prediction: 102-93 Sixers