Strong Game from Gomes in OT Loss [Gomes Tracker]

dave@friarblog —  November 12th, 2008 2:49 PM
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Since Herb Hill and Austin Croshere don’t get any run on their teams, Ryan Gomes is the only former Friar in the NBA who gets any serious playing time. So, I am going to try to give a little Gomes update after each Timberwolves game.

The Minnesota Timberwolves lost 113-110 in overtime against the Golden State Warriors.  The T-wolves won their opening game and have not won since.  Their record stands at 1-6, which is good for last place in the Western Conference.

Due to the 6-game losing streak, coach Randy Wittman has been doing a lot of shuffling of minutes. In last night’s loss,  Sebastian Telfair was the starting point guard and former Villanova Wildcat Randy Foye was brought off the bench at both guard positions.  According to Yahoo:

The move also has created a bottleneck at the small forward and shooting guard positions on a team that lost its sixth consecutive game Tuesday at Golden State after opening the season with a home victory at Sacramento.

With Foye getting major minutes at both guard spots, with Mike Miller playing 35 minutes a night and Telfair getting 25 or more as a starter, there hasn’t always been enough minutes at those two positions for Corey Brewer, Rashad McCants and Ryan Gomes.

Gomes, a starter for the season’s first four games, Brewer and McCants didn’t play more than 19 minutes each in Saturday’s loss at Portland. Tuesday, Gomes and McCants both played 30 minutes while Brewer was the odd man out, with 19 minutes played.

Gomes made the most of his 30 minutes of play last night and had 18 points and 5 rebounds (4 offensive) off the bench.  He was teriffic from the field, shooting 8-16 overall and 1-3 from downtown.

After 7 games, Gomes is now averaging 8.9 PPG and 3.6 rebounds in an average of 24:18 minutes of play.

Minnesota finally returns home and plays their next game on Saturday versus the Portland Trailblazers.

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