They say NBA teams forge real rivalries in the playoffs, so it's unlikely the Timberwolves and Philadelphia 76ers will ever really build one, barring a change in format or several meetings in the finals of course.
Nonetheless, each team remade around a pair of young stars and a handful of added veterans is popular among ESPN and TNT executives, as witnessed by Tuesday's late 8:30 p.m. tip at Target Center for a national television audience.
The 76ers have young stars Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons as well as vets JJ Redick, Amir Johnson and Trevor Booker.
• Wolves reserve forward Nemanja Bjelica missed his ninth consecutive game because of a sprain in his left foot, with no indication his return is imminent.
• Lynx star guard Lindsay Whalen provided commentary on FSN's broadcast Tuesday, the second of eight games she will do this season.
- Embiid's 28 Leads Sixers Past TimberwolvesNBA.com (blog)
- Wolves squander late lead, lose to 76ers in OTMinneapolis Star Tribune
- Embiid scores 28 in return as 76ers top Timberwolves in OTChron.com
- 76ers Timberwolves in overtime to end four-game skidPhilly.com
- Live: Philadelphia 76ers vs Minnesota TimberwolvesNEWS.com.au
- Embiid returns with 28 points as 76ers outlast Timberwolves in OTPhilippine Star
- NBA: Ben Simmons' 76ers vs Timberwolves live coverage, scores, blog, updatesFox Sports (blog)
- In Review | Digging Deep, Sixers Return Home With WinSixers.com
- Joel Embiid Leads 76ers Past Karl-Anthony Towns, TimberwolvesBleacher Report