The Sixers do not win this game without Samuel Dalembert. They don't even come close. Big Sam turned in his best game of the season, and possibly the best game of his career tonight and powered the Sixers to their fourth straight win, 98-94 over the T-Wolves
. Dalembert's line, amazing. 5/8 from the floor, 8/8 from the line, 11 rebounds (3 offensive), and 9 BLOCKS!
Sammy intimidated Minnesota in every way possible and changed this game with his defense.
The trend continued tonight, with Mo Cheeks calling on Jason Smith, Kyle Korver, Calvin Booth, Lou Williams and Thad Young in the first quarter. The bench accounted for 67 minutes and chipped in with 21 points, 10 boards and 6 assists. Mo went with Thad for important minutes in the fourth quarter, and Young didn't disappoint. He made several plays on the defensive side of the ball, and crashed the offensive glass (3 o-boards in 12 minutes).
I have to give some ink to my new hero, Willie "Quality Minutes" Green. Willie played 35 minutes tonight, more than I'd usually like to see out of him, but he shot the ball well (7/13) and contributed all across the stat line with 5 boards, 4 assists and a block, all while only turning the ball over once.
It's amazing that Andre Iguodala dropped 25 on 8/17 from the floor and I don't get to him until the fourth graph, but there you have it. He's becoming the constant on this team, rather than a streaky shooter who goes for 30 one night, and 5 the next.
Of the four wins, this was the least convincing. The T-Wolves are a bad team, they were playing the ass-end of a back-to-back at Philly. This should've been a blowout, but the Minnesota bench, led by Antoine Walker, was on fire from three. Defending the three is probably the area this team needs to work on the most. Enough negativity though, the Sixers won and apparently beating a bad team on your home court is no sure thing
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