Posted by: C. Smith
03/04/11 4:05 pm EST
This brief edition of “Fo’ with the Foes” — Philadunkia’s advanced scouting series which with the help of an accomplished journalist from around the NBA beat or blog world, previews upcoming 76ers opponents — features tonight’s opponent, Kevin Love and the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Even though we feel that the Sixers will shake off their disappointing loss to Dallas from the other night — especially that horrid 4thquarter — and handle the Minnesota T-wolves tonight down at the WFC, we still believe this will be an interesting contest. We certainly don’t think it will be another 20 point blow out win by the Sixers as was the case in the two teams previous matchup.
Obviously the Wolves have double-double machine Kevin Love manning the interior and that will present some problems for the 7-6. As we all know the Sixers struggle mightily against talented and strong bigs. Love has been tearing the League apart and will probably abuse the Sixers very weak defensive interior for 30 & 20 tonight. So it will be yet another game where the Sixers have to overcome an all-star performance by an opposing post player to get the win.
Tonight we’re looking for Doug Collins to try and get Louis Williams going. Collins loves him some Louis, but Williams has struggled mightily in 3 of the last 4 games. He hit rock bottom against the Mavs the other night when he went 1-8 and tallied 5 pts. He also got abused by Jason Terry on the other end of the floor.
As well all know, Louis and his scoring punch off the bench have been a huge part of the Sixers success this season and if we want to stay above .500, then he’s going to have to get rolling again. Collins does a great job of recognizing when a player needs a confidence boost and then calling that guy’s number until he’s back on track. So look for the Wolves to get a heavy dose of LouWillville tonight and for the Sixers to win another one at home.
For a little more insight into the Timberwolves team the Sixers face today, we turn to our man Benjamin Polk from awolfamongwolves.com to answer two questions on the Wolves from us here at Philadunkia as well as provide us with two points of analysis on the Minny squad from an insider’s perspective.