Timberwolves’ Jeff Teague says matchup with Sixers wasn’t a normal game: ‘They dogged us’
Jeff Teague left the politically correct responses at home following an embarrassing 149-107 loss to Jimmy Butler and the Philadelphia 76ers. The Minnesota Timberwolves entered this game fully aware that both teams would circle this date on their calendar, trying to get the first scoop of the Jimmy Butler Bowl — but the Wolves were too slow to that race.
“That ain’t no normal game,” said Jeff Teague after the game, according to Dane Moore of ESPN 1500. “Them dudes got our head. Jimmy wanted to beat us, they all know that. Joel Embiid wanna beat KAT. That ain’t no normal game. There nothing normal about that game.
“That was a game we all had marked and they dogged us.”
The Sixers had seven players in double figures and emptied their entire bench (even getting new signee Corey Brewer a garbage-time bucket), riding a more-than-comfortable lead to the fourth quarter.
All five starters scored 14 or more points while limiting the Wolves to 38.9 percent shooting from the floor.
Unlike the product they had shown before, the Sixers ramped up on both sides of the ball and came out swinging, not only outrebounding the Wolves by 20 but dishing out a season-high 40 assists on 55 made baskets.
The Timberwolves lacked the firepower to keep up with the Sixers after the latter trotted out two 40-plus-point quarters in the first half, leading by 25 at the break.
Minnesota will get its last shot at Philly on Mar. 30 at home — a game which will be televised on NBA TV for the national audience to see.