Late Christmas Present: Wolves Win a Game in December!!! [Gomes Tracker]

dave@friarblog —  December 29th, 2008 2:01 AM
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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 holiday week was pretty busy for Friarblog, so let’s catch up with the Minnesota Timberwolves.  They played three games this past week, the most important being their day after Christmas victory over the Knicks — their FIRST FUCKING WIN IN DECEMBER!

On Tuesday, the Wolves’ losing streak hit 13 as they lost 99-93 to the San Antonio Spurs.

Gomes had his fourth straight quiet game, despite playing 35 minutes.  He went 3-8 from the field and had 7 points, 2 rebounds, and no assists.

On Friday, Santa came a little late and delivered a win for Minnesota — the first for coach Kevin McHale.  The Wolves defeated the New York Knicks 120-107.

“The guys have been playing hard and we really needed this one,” McHale said. “At the end of the game I said, ‘Thank God,’ and I meant it.

Jefferson added 21 points and 15 rebounds in the Timberwolves’ first victory since beating Oklahoma City on Nov. 28. They had dropped their first eight games under McHale, who took over when Randy Wittman was fired Dec. 8.

(Photo by David Dow/NBAE via Getty Images)

Ryan Gomes hit double figures for the first time in a while (10 points), but still had an off night shooting overall (2-9).  However, he hit 2-6 from downtown and was 4-4 from the line.  Gomes also chipped in with 3 rebounds and 2 assists.

Could the T-Wolves pull off a miracle 2 game winning streak?  Nope.

On Saturday night, the Orlando Magic won their 7th straight game in beating Minnesota 118-94.

Gomes had one of his best games in a few weeks, ending with 14 points, 9 rebounds, and 3 assists.  He shot 5-10 from the field overall and 1-1 from downtown.

Through 29 games, here are Gomes’ averages.


30 minutes

10.0 Points

4.1 Rebounds

1.8 Assists


Minnesota is now 5-24 (tied for 2nd worst record in the NBA — Oklahoma City is 3-28!).  Their next game is Monday night against Memphis.

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