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Immediate Reaction Thread: Timberwolves Bite Down And Clamp Sixers 126-95

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The Sixers were in the game early, but a 38-second quarter burst gave the Timberwolves a double-digit halftime lead that would never come under pressure.

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The Sixers came into the game on a four-game winning streak, but any illusions of a five game winning streak were quickly shattered by the Timberwolves ferocious barrage of three point shots. They jumped out to a double-digit lead in the second quarter, added to it in the third quarter, and never came under any sort of pressure from a Sixers rally. It was a dominating performance for the Sixers' opponents, and one we expected to see many of entering this season.

Some thoughts on the game:

  • The Sixers are porous at defending the three point shot but tonight was just ridiculous. The T-Wolves were 16-26 from beyond the arc throughout the game, but that does not tell the entire story of how open some of the shots were. Worse yet, some of the T-Wolves misses were wide open threes.
  • Thaddeus Young is amazing basketball player who deserves to play on a contender, as much as one can "deserve" things in the cruel world that is professional sports. The closeness of the first quarter was almost entirely due to Thad's quick 6-7 start from the field. He ended the game 9-16 with 20 points, leading the team.
  • It is hard to be too angry about it because he is currently sabotaging many Sixers winning efforts, but it is becoming increasingly difficult to see what Lavoy Allen brings to this basketball team.
  • Another Brandon Davies appearance in a game, another miss on an uncontested layup.
  • Michael Carter-Williams had a dunk today. That was cool and fun.
  • The Timberwolves front court dominated the entire game. Together, Kevin Love and Nikola Pekovic combined to go 14-27 for 40 points with 21 rebounds and 5 assists. Teams that take advantage of the Sixers tend to have solid frontcourts and hot three point shooting. Unfortunately for the Sixers, Minnesota illustrated both today.
  • After winning their last four games, tonight's blowout loss felt like a return to normal, as hard to watch as it was toward the end of the game.
A running diary style full recap will be up later tonight. Until then, react here.