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Sixers 122, Wolves 113: An Entertaining Saturday Night

Albeit in a Wolves loss, they at least made it interesting

Minnesota Timberwolves v Philadelphia 76ers Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images

Sure, the Wolves lost tonight, but at least we’ve graduated to entertaining losses, right? In an otherwise lost season, that’s really all we can ask, especially with Malik Beasley, D’Angelo Russell, and Ricky Rubio out. The Wolves battled with a good team tonight. There’s no such thing as a moral victory, but I’m content with the effort they showed this evening.

For one, it was a pleasure to watch Karl-Anthony Towns take a matchup personally. He played his tail off tonight, and it was clear that he wanted to play his best tonight as Joel Embiid made his return to the lineup.

To his credit, Towns did play a marvelous overall game, finishing with 39/14/5 on 11-23 shooting. I love Anthony Edwards as much as everyone else if not more, but tonight was a nice reminder of who the best player on this team. In a game that featured several great players, he was the best player on the floor tonight.

The young guys played well too, which makes this an extremely successful night. Anthony Edwards flashed his creative scoring prowess, finishing with 27 points on 10-for-23 shooting.

Jaden McDaniels was a pest on defense and contributed on offense as well, as evidenced by his 14 & 8. Lastly, Jordan McLaughlin did a great job filling in at point guard. He dropped 12/6/9 in his spot start.

Ultimately, the Wolves starters did what they could against a finals contender, but they didn’t get quite enough from their bench to pull this one out tonight. If the Wolves make their losses as entertaining as this one, I can deal with that through the end of the season. In the quarters where the starters played heavy minutes, the Wolves looked like a good team.

It’s a beautiful Saturday night, so we’ll keep it pretty short tonight, but I’ll be back in the morning with a few more in-depth takeaways. To those who celebrate, enjoy you Easter, and I hope you all stay safe and healthy.