Star of the Game
Back to back games are always hard, but when James Harden makes his return, it seemed likely that the Timberwolves would fall to the Sixers. Between Harden, Embiid and Maxey, the Wolves were overwhelmed defensively, but Karl-Anthony Towns did his best to put up a fight. Leading the Wolves with 25 points and seven rebounds, Towns had a pretty good game. Unfortunately, he had very little support around him to make any kind of difference.
Almost no one on the team played well tonight. With a team full of negatives, it’s hard to nail down a single concern. Anthony Edwards continues his shooting slump, going 5/13 from the field. D’Angelo Russell did score 21, but he only had three assists and two turnovers. The entire bench scored a total of 37 points, which was not enough to allow the starters time to take a break. The best way to salvage this blowout it to remind ourselves that the Timberwolves are still a very young team, and hopefully they will learn something from this loss.
Number of the night
3. Though he only wins this because no one else earned it, Jaden McDaniels was the number of the night. He scored 10 points shooting 5/11 (he missed all four threes though), grabbed 4 boards, had two assists, and a steal. McDaniels continues to show progress in his sophomore season, and tonight he was the only bench player to make any kind of impact on this game.
Minnesota will face Cleveland on Monday, February 28 at 6:00 PM CST.