Since Austin Croshere don’t get any run on his team, 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 103-118 to the Sacramento Kings. It was the first victory for interim coach Kenny Natt, who replaced a fired Reggie Theus. Take that Kevin McHale! The loss was Minnesota’s 10th in a row.
Hey, at least they scored over 100 points!
Gomes had one of his worst games of the season. In 25 minutes of play, he recorded only 1 point on a foul shot. He shot 0-6 from the field and 0-3 from downtown. Is Gomes being taxed on the defensive end?
Notes from Yahoo:
Ryan Gomes has become the guy assigned most nights to defend the opponent’s best player now that Corey Brewer is out for the season. On Sunday, he drew Kobe Bryant. On Monday, with Kings star Kevin Martin sidelined by a chronic ankle injury, Gomes mostly defended John Salmons, who averaged 23.5 points in the first two games against the Wolves this season.
“I’m the guy who has to defend these guys,” Gomes said. “I don’t want to say ‘stopper’ yet. If we got some wins and I play good defense, it’d be better. I just have to move my feet and make guys take contested shots. That’s my job right now. Brewer’s out and somebody’s got to step up.”
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Through 24 games, here are Gomes’ averages.
Minnesota is now 4-20 (2nd worst record in the NBA). Their next game is Wednesday against Cleveland.