The TWolves played well through the first half of this one. It was a 6-point game after two quarters as the Wolves trailed 39-45.
Then came the third quarter and like many second halves this season, the TWolves fell flat on their faces. Minnesota shot just 4-of-21 in the quarter and finished with 14 points. Meanwhile, Memphis went off for 29 to take a 21-point lead through three quarters. Conley led the Grizz in that quarter, where he had 8 of his 20 points, while Prince added 6 & Bayless, Z-Bo & Gasol all had 4.
The Wolves have had a few big comebacks this season, but I think we all felt that it was over after quarter number three. Such was the case, the TWolves did outscore Memphis 24-18 in the final quarter, but Lionel Hollins (Memphis Head Coach) left his starters in the game up until the final three minutes to make absolutely certain his team secured the victory. Memphis came into the game riding a two-game losing streak.
Tonight, the Wolves' leading scorer was Alexey Shved, who had 12 off the bench. Twelve points is the lowest leading scorer for the TWolves during the regular season, this year. Cunningham & Kirilenko both had 12 in a preseason game on October 19th in Chicago. The lowest leading scorer in a regular season game before tonight was 13 apiece from Kevin Love & Alexey Shved on January 2nd in an 84-106 loss in Utah.
Let's take a look at some of tonight's top performers...
M. Gelabale: 11pts, 7reb, 1ast, 2stls, 2tos, 1fl,
4-5 FG, 1-2 3PT, 2-2 FT in 32 bench min.
A. Shved: 12pts, 2reb, 2ast, 1stl, 1blk, 5-9 FG, 1-3 3PT, 1-1 FT in 24 bench min.
M. Conley: 20pts, 3reb, 6ast, 2stls, 1to, 1fl, 8-14 FG, 3-6 3PT, 1-1 FT in 34 min.
M. Gasol: 16pts, 8reb, 5ast, 4blks, 3tos, 2fls, 6-13 FG, 4-5 FT in 33 min.
Z. Randolph: 14pts, 10reb, 2stls, 1blk, 1to, 3fls, 7-11 FG in 35 min.
T. Prince: 12pts, 14reb, 4ast, 1blk, 2tos, 1fl, 6-12 FG, 0-2 FT in 36 min.
The Grizzlies on the other hand, had just one starter (Tony Allen) not score in double figures (finished with 7 points). Jerryd Bayless even had 15 points off the bench.
Bad defense, worst offense and you're going to lose by 15 points to one of the Western Conferences best teams.
Team TO's (PTS off)
Fast Break PTS
PTS in the Paint
Hopefully, Minnesota can bounce back on Thursday night when they face the Kings in Sacramento. That's all for now, thanks for reading HOWL and GO WOLVES!