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.
New coach, same results.
Two games, two losses.
In Kevin McHale’s coaching debut for the Wolves (coach Randy Wittman was fired last week) on Tuesday, the Timberwolves lost 99-96 to the Utah Jazz.
The Timberwolves led by 7 with almost 3 minutes left, but blew the game thanks to 16 total missed foul shots (4 crucial late misses by rookie Kevin Love). Mehment Okur hit a go ahead shot with 1.7 seconds left, and the Timberwolves could not get off a shot to try to win the game.
Ryan Gomes played 33 minutes and scored 14 points (6-12 shooting, 0-3 downtown). While he had 4 rebounds and 4 assists, Gomes also turned the ball over a team high 4 times, and actually fouled out of the game with 2 minutes left.
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The Wolves also played on Wednesday night, and you guessed it, lost once again. This time they fell 116-105 to the Denver Nuggets.
Former Big East star Carmello Anthony torched Minnesota for 45 points, 33 of them coming in the 3rd quarter alone.
“He was taking a lot of his shots from the outside, and those are the ones we wanted him to take,” Minnesota forward Ryan Gomes said. “But tonight was a night where they were all going in.”
Gomes played almost 35 minutes and scored 13 points. He was 4-8 from the field and 2-3 from beyond the arc. His 39.7% from three-point land actually leads the team. Gomes added 2 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal, and a blocked shot in the contest.
Through 21 games, here are Gomes’ averages.
Minnesota is now 4-17. Their next game is Friday night against the San Antonio Spurs.