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Josh Howard, T-Wolves Rout the Sixers: Recap and Analysis

Tonight was not the night for the Philadelphia Sixers (10-8) as they lose to the Minnesota Timberwolves (8-8). The Sixers have lost 5 of their 11 home games and they allowed the Minnesota Timberwolves to come in and run all over them. The Sixers fell behind early on losing 65-47 in the first half. They were out-played all around. Lets see what worked and what didn’t work for the Sixers:

Defense

Alexey Shved

Shved killed the 76ers (via NBCSports).

The Sixers played horrible defensively. They were lazy and didn’t close out on the 3-point shooters for Minnesota. Alexey Shved scored 17 points, shooting 5-8 from 3 off the bench for the Sixers. Ironically, the T-Wolves shot 52% from the field and from behind the arc. Minnesota came into the game as the worst 3-point shooting team in the NBA and the Sixers allowed them to shoot 52%. The only positive the Sixers can take from their defense is that they held 2-time NBA All-Star Kevin Love to 6 points.

Rebounding

The Sixers’ struggles on the boards continued tonight, being out-rebounded 45-38 (-7). They have had trouble not allowing big-men such as, Anderson Varejao to get a significant amount of rebounds. Although Love did not score as much as he would like, he grabbed 10 rebounds.

Game-Changers:

The Sixers transition defense was poor and it showed. The T-wolves out-hustled the Sixers and converted several times on a fast break. Minnesota’s bench also impacted the game significantly, scoring 53 points. Their bench was led by Russian Alexey Shved. He was a definite game changer with his 17 points. The Sixers were not closing out, and he made them pay.

Positives:

  1. Evan Turner now has a streak of 10 straight games with double-digit points.
  2. The Sixers had 78 shot attempts, which is good. They just need to raise the amount of made field-goals.
  3. Held Kevin Love to 6 points; great defensive effort from Lavoy Allen.
  4. After playing Royal Ivey, Doug Collins realizes that he can do a lot of un-coachable things like hustling and diving for loose balls.

Negatives:

  1. Their transition defense has room for improvement. They must get back on defense after missed shots.
  2. The Sixers just could not find a way to close out on the 3-point shooters.
  3. Rebound is a place that they been gradually improving but tonight was not good with Jrue Holiday tying Lavoy and Evan Turner for most rebounds for the Sixers with 5 each.
  4. The bench has not been producing with and without Nick Young, and tonight they only accounted for 16 points.

Player of the Game: Josh Howard (MIN)

Josh Howard for the Minnesota Timberwolves played a steller game. He had 16 points, 10 rebounds, and shot 7-12 from the field. Howard, the 9 year veteran deserves Player of the Game, because of his scoring, and has ability to crash the boards. He also shot 67% from behind the arc. The Sixers could not guard him.

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