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Timberwolves run ‘Rocky’ steps ahead of showdown with 76ers

The Minnesota Timberwolves and Philadelphia 76ers are set for a showdown between undefeated squads Wednesday night at Wells Fargo Center, and the visiting team engaged in a common “City of Brotherly Love” routine to get amped up for the matchup.

After landing in Philly on Tuesday, the Timberwolves headed to the Philadelphia Museum of Art, which of course is where the famous Rocky Balboa statue is located.

The team, as many tourists do as well, ran up the museum steps in a nod to the triumphant scene from “Rocky” when “The Italian Stallion” makes the same trek. Instead of going with iconic “Rocky” theme from the original film, though, the T-Wolves used “Eye of the Tiger” from “Rocky III” as the soundtrack to the video shared on the team’s Twitter.

The Timberwolves also posed for photograph in front of the Rocky statue, which is now located at the foot of the museum’s steps.

As noted, the early-season showdown showcases two of the league’s remaining undefeated teams, with both squads entering the contest at 3-0. It goes without saying that the T-Wolves’ great start is the most surprising of the two, so it’s understandable that the team is pretty pumped about the matchup.

The Sixers have won five consecutive games in a series highlighted by the marquee matchup between Joel Embiid and Karl-Anthony Towns. The Timberwolves superstar, who last boasted a win over the Sixers center in 2016, was victimized by Embiid’s trolling after a December 2017 loss.

Towns, who relishes the rivalry, nevertheless downplayed the showdown with Embiid ahead of Wednesday’s game.

“It’s a game about trying to find a [way] to win,” Towns said, via the Star Tribune. “I know everyone wants to hype it up; that’s what sells papers. But I ain’t in the business of making y’all money. I’m in the business of getting Ws, that’s what I am.”

Perhaps the “Rocky” steps routine will serve as motivation for Towns ahead of Wednesday’s matchup.