Timberwolves, 76ers seek consistency

Thanks to two of the most talented, new-generation centers along with talented newcomers, the Philadelphia 76ers and Minnesota Timberwolves had high hopes entering this season.

December is not going the way either team expected as the 76ers travel to face the Timberwolves on Tuesday.

When Miami center Kelly Olynyk got into foul trouble, Adebayo stepped up. Adebayo, a rookie out of Kentucky, was 5 for 6 from the field and also contributed four rebounds and two blocked shots.

Smith is down to Hill, Kelce, and young players he has zero chemistry with. This matters for Smith, who has a limited skill set. He needs to play with confidence in his receiving targets and throw in rhythm. He’s not Tom Brady, who can insert anyone at receiver and have success.

Victor Rask scored for Carolina on a loose puck with 2:40 to play. The Canes couldn’t get an equalizer past Gibson, who made several big saves down the stretch, including a stunning dive to stop Elias Lindholm.

“I didn’t want him to get a shot off, so I did a poke check and it was a second too early and it went in, but he’s a hell of a player with a hell of a shot, so I just wanted to take that away,” Lehner said. “I felt like I had him most of the game and it’s tough.”

It was Tarasenko’s second goal in his last nine games.

Mara would not dislose any decision regarding Manning’s status for Sunday’s game against the Cowboys, but did assert that Steve Spagnuolo will make that choice as interim coach. Spagnuolo will be a candidate for the job on an indefinite basis, as will interim GM Kevin Abrams as former GM Ernie Accorsi helps the team search for a permanent manager.


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