Sixers Look to Show Love an 'L' Tonight with Wolves in Town

Sixers Look to Show Love an 'L' Tonight with Wolves in Town

Rebounding has certainly not been one of the Sixers' strengths this season -- well below league average on the offensive boards, right about average overall -- and they'll be tested down low tonight when they take on Kevin Love and the 7-8 Minnesota Timberwolves.

Love was second in the entire NBA last season at 13.3 boards per game behind only Dwight Howard. You know who the Sixers could really use to help battle him? Andrew Bynum, who was third in the league last season at 11.8 per.

Doug Collins knows they'll have their hands full with the Wolves on the boards this evening.

"With tonight's game, we've to to do a good job with Love who'll will get down in the post," Coach said before the game. "He'll float around and shoot threes. He's a great outlet passer, a great offensive rebounder. This is a team also you have to keep off the free throw line."

What makes Love such a great rebounder?

"I think great rebounders see that shot go up and they have a feel where it's going to go. He's relentless, has very strong hands, good second effort, and carves out a lot of space for himself. He knows hows to use his body and has a great base."

Lavoy Allen is penciled in as the Sixers starting center this evening. Expect he, Kwame Brown, and Thad Young to battle Love and Pekovic on the boards all night long.

Notes: No Swaggy P. this evening who is out with a left great toe hyperextension.

7:00 tip from the WFC. Look out for the exciting half time show.

Future Eagle (?) Latavius Murray posts workout with Carson Wentz on Instagram

Future Eagle (?) Latavius Murray posts workout with Carson Wentz on Instagram

Could the Eagles be interested in signing another top free agent running back named Murray?

No, not that guy. 

Oakland/Los Angeles/Las Vegas Raiders running back Latavius Murray.

Murray posted a picture on Instagram of the soon-to-be free agent working out with Carson Wentz with the caption "im just here to help."

"im just here to help"

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It's no surprise the Eagles can stand to upgrade their running back corps this offseason — as several mock drafts have suggested. Could Murray be the answer?


Instant Replay: UConn 64, Temple 63

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Instant Replay: UConn 64, Temple 63

Temple’s roller coaster season continued with a new low on Sunday afternoon.

The Owls, who led nearly the entire way, allowed UConn guard Jalen Adams to make a reverse layup with 2.9 seconds remaining in a 64-63 loss at the Liacouras Center.

Shizz Alston Jr. missed the potential game-winning shot from half court as time expired.

Turning point
The Owls (14-14, 5-10 AAC) looked like they might avoid blowing a 10-point lead after Quinton Rose responded to Rodney Purvis’ game-tying three-pointer with a three of his own to give them a 63-60 lead with 2:32 left.

However, the Huskies (14-12, 9-5 AAC) responded with a pair of free throws from Adams before he snaked his way into the lane with the clock running down for the game-winner. The layup gave UConn its seventh win in the last eight games.

Big men on campus
The Huskies were led by Rodney Purvis’ game-high of 18 points on 7 of 14 shooting. He also added five assists. 

Adams shot just 5 of 13 for 13 points, but connected with the game on the line. He also chipped in five assists and five boards.

The Owls received a jolt Sunday from their young players, as freshmen Damion Moore and Alani Moore II scored a combined 22 points on 9 of 10 shooting. 

In a solid all-around effort, Temple’s Daniel Dingle scored 17 points, with six boards and six assists. Alston Jr. contributed 11 points, six assists and 5 rebounds.

Inside the box score
• After making 5 of 9 shots from three-point range in the first half, Temple finished the game 7 of 21 from deep.

• UConn's Kentan Facey had a big game in the first matchup between the two teams with 23 points and 10 rebounds. On Sunday, the senior was held to eight points and four rebounds after dealing with foul trouble in the first half.

• Temple couldn’t find any room inside, as the Owls lost the points in the paint battle 26-16.

History lesson
With the win, UConn improved to 9-7 in the all-time series. The victory was the Huskies’ third straight in the series.

Up next
The Owls will continue on a three-game homestand Wednesday at 7 p.m. against UCF.

UConn will stay on the road and play at Houston also on Wednesday.