The last time these two teams got together, the Sixers left the Target Center with a win, pummeling the Wolves by 20 points, 107-87. Tonight, fresh off of a road win against a team in turmoil in Detroit, the Wolves look to keep the momentum alive and reverse their fortunes against a team in the thick of the Eastern Conference playoff race.
Our friends at Canis Hoopus have broken down the match-ups again, and here's the one that stands out.
Kevin Love vs. Elton Brand
A lot of numb#rs are being thrown around about what Kevin Love is worth. Is he worth a max deal? is he worth $70 million? How will the new CBA impact how much we can, and how much we will, pay him?
I'm not sure I know the correct answer to those questions. Hopefully, we'll be able to pay him something, which means that he is still playing for the Minnesota Timberwolves. As good as Love is playing this season, I think the team should try to feature him more in the offense. The pick-and-pop works well, so run it more often (or tell Jonny Flynn to actually look for the 'pop'). Maybe throw it to him in the post and let him go to work from time to time. If we can improve his game to the point where he can consistently create his own shot, Love will be worth whatever we can give him.
How much is Elton Brand worth?
Winner: Kevin Love
I think that Kevin Love is going to be the "winner" against a lot of guys at his position these days, what with his double-double streak and everything.
There isn't any local television coverage for this one, but you can hear the game on KFAN-AM 1130, or you can jump into the Game Thread over at Canis Hoopus to follow the action.