10 observations from Sixers-Timberwolves

10 observations from Sixers-Timberwolves
October 23, 2013, 9:45 pm
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Spencer Hawes had 10 points and five rebounds in the Sixers' 125-102 loss to the Timberwolves Wednesday. (USA Today Images)


The Sixers closed out the exhibition season against Minnesota on Wednesday night with their fourth straight loss (see Instant Replay). The next time the Sixers hit the floor at the Wells Fargo Center, it will be for real … and against the two-time defending champion Miami Heat.

Here are 10 observations from Wednesday’s exhibition finale:

1. The Sixers' halfcourt offense is very static and lacks imagination. If the Sixers don’t run, they can’t score.

2. During the first half when the starters from both teams logged heavy minutes, the Sixers shot 3 for 22 from outside the paint. Of those 22 shots, the Sixers were 3 for 10 from three-point range and 0 for 12 on long two-pointers.

3. While the Sixers were looking for any excuse to attack the rim, the T’wolves were happy to keep it outside. Like a pitcher working on his repertoire in spring training, Kevin Love attempted just two shots in the paint – one was a dunk and the other was a putback. Love went 4 for 6 from three-point range and 1 for 7 on long two-pointers.

4. Evan Turner pulled down seven rebounds in the first quarter, but went 2 for 14 from the field with both baskets in the paint. Turner was able to get to the line, though. He attempted nine free throws and made seven.

5. Ricky Rubio was a little too much for rookie point guard Michael Carter-Williams to handle.  In 15 minutes, Rubio had five rebounds, five assists and five steals.

6. Two-guard James Anderson led the Sixers with 23 points. He was 4 for 7 on three-pointers and had plenty of good looks on transition kick-outs. If the Sixers are able to run during the regular season, the transition three-pointer could be a nice weapon for Anderson.

7. Villanova alum Dante Cunningham and Sixers’ guard Tony Wroten were ejected during the third quarter after being hit with matching double techs. Cunningham was whistled for a rough foul on Anderson and got caught up in a jawing match with Wroten.

8. Veteran guard J.J. Barea led the Timberwolves with 22 points on 11 shots in 16 minutes.

9. Sweet dunks from: Royce White, Thad Young, Michael Carter-Williams, Love via a halfcourt bounce pass from Rubio, and Sixers’ swingman, Rodney Williams.

10. The Sixers cracked the 100-point plateau so that means free food.