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          === Sixers, Timberwolves start second portion of season ===
 (Sports  Network) - The Philadelphia 76ers and Minnesota Timberwolves both had
 playoff  expectations before  the season,  but  injuries have  robbed both  of
 realistic chances.
 The  two will meet Wednesday night in Minneapolis to start a push for whatever
 faint chance either has at the postseason.
 You can't really blame these team's for underachieving.
 The  Sixers made a huge splash in the offseason, moving Andre Iguodala, Nikola
 Vucevic  and Mo  Harkless to  land Andrew  Bynum. The  All-Star center  hasn't
 played  a minute  yet this season with  knee problems and that isn't likely to
 change anytime in the near future.
 "He's  still  where he's been,  so there's  nothing that's changed with that,"
 said  Sixers  coach Doug  Collins. "The question  is just going  to be at some
 point and time with him getting out there and right now he's not done anything
 with contact."
 Forward  Thaddeus Young is working to a return and could be back in the lineup
 Sunday at the New York Knicks.
 The  Sixers did  sign Jeremy Pargo for  the remainder of the season to back up
 All-Star  point  guard Jrue Holiday,  who had six  points in his All-Star Game
 Philly  lost  two in  a row before  the break  and has 19  of its remaining 31
 games on the road.
 The  Timberwolves have been hit by the injury bug worse than the Sixers. Their
 main  man, Kevin  Love, has played in  only 18 games this season with a twice-
 broken hand.
 Malcolm  Lee  is done for  the season. Chase Budinger  and Brandon Roy are out
 indefinitely. Andrei Kirilenko has sat out the past four with a strained right
 quadriceps.  Nikola Pekovic,  Ricky Rubio,  Alexey Shved  and J.J.  Barea have
 missed significant action.
 Luke Ridnour is the only player to see action in all 50 games.
 "It's  a little tough on all of us," said Derrick Williams, the second pick in
 the  2011  NBA Draft,  who was considered  a bust until  all of these injuries
 forced him into the lineup.
 Minnesota  is 5-18  in 2013 and hasn't won consecutive games since a four-game
 streak  from  Dec. 7-15.  The Wolves lost  five of six  heading into the break
 and have dropped four in a row at home.
 The  Timberwolves have won two in a row against the Sixers, including a 105-88
 drubbing  on Dec.  4 in Philadelphia. On that night, Minnesota shot 52 percent
 from  the  3-point line, which was  something of a surprise since the T'Wolves
 are the worst long-distance shooting team in the league at 30.1 percent.
 02/20 10:44:14 ET