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What should Wiggins do to break his shooting slump? Keep shooting

Andrew Wiggins’ answer was simple when he was asked what can be done to get him out of a shooting slump.

“Keep shooting,’’ he said before Thursday’s game against Sacramento. “Really. Keep shooting till I’m out of the slump … It’s a long season.’’

In his fourth NBA season, Wiggins entered Thursday’s game shooting 43.5 percent overall, 29.8 percent on three-pointers and 63.4 percent on free throws. All are career lows, and his 18.3-point scoring average is his lowest since his rookie season.

In the past five games before Thursday, Wiggins shot 28-for-84 overall (33.3 percent), 2-for-20 on three-pointers and is averaging 14.0 points per game. He scored 22 points on 9-for-17 shooting against the Kings.

“With any player there are ups and downs throughout the course of a season,’’ Wolves coach Tom Thibodeau said. “It’s trying to find a way to get some easy baskets. Andrew has been a prolific scorer in this league for a long time now, and he can score in a lot of different ways.”

Wiggins was 9-for-17 Thursday night, including 3-for-4 from three-point range.

Battle of bigs: Embiid expected to play tonight vs. Wolves, Towns

Philadelphia coach Brett Brown watched star center Joel Embiid participate in morning shootaround at Target Center and sure sounded like a guy who expect his big man to play.



"I thought he looked O.K., he moved around," Brown said. "He had a good day yesterday and we hope to see him play tonight."

Embiid has missed the last two games beacuse of tightness in his back. The Sixers are 12-9 when he plays this season, 1-4 when he doesn't.

Brown expressed more doubt about backup point guard T.J. McConnell and forward Robert Covington playing tonight.

The Sixers listed McConnell (shoulder) as available in yesterday's injury report and Covington (lower back contusion) as questionable for tonight's game 8:30 p.m. start for ESPN, but neither are guaranteed to go, according to Brown.

Both will work out before tonight's game and decide.

"I'm more worried about Rob and T.J. than I am Joel," Brown said.

Meanwhile, Wolves coach Tom Thibodeau said after his team's shoot this morning that reserve forward Nemanja Bjelica remains out because of that mid-foot sprain. He has missed the last nine games because of it.

Final, 12/14 1 2 3 4 F
Sacramento 9-19 22 33 16 25 96
Minnesota 17-12 32 32 31 24 119

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