While Friarblog Wasn’t Looking, The Timberwolves Won 3 of 4!! (and Gomes has been Awesome)

dave@friarblog —  January 5th, 2009 6:37 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.

It was a busy week for Friarblog, trying to balance a real job, Big East action, and the holiday.  As a result, the hamster fell off the wheel for the Gomes Tracker, as we last gave an update after Minnesota’s loss on December 27th.  Since then, the Timberwolves won 3 of 4 games, including TWO IN A ROW FOR THE FIRST FUCKING TIME ALL SEASON!  I’m utterly shocked.  Ryan Gomes has been pretty awesome as well.

Let’s take you through their games and see how Ryan did.

12/29/08 – Minnesota 108, Memphis 98 (OT)

“Jefferson’s 38 lead Wolves past Mayo, Grizzlies”

Jefferson scored a season-high 38 points, including nine in overtime, and grabbed 16 rebounds to lead the Minnesota Timberwolves to a 108-98 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday night.

Ryan Gomes – 37 mins, 9 points (4-9 from the field, 1-4 from downtown), 3 rebounds, 4 assists.  Gomes hit the Wolves only three! The rest of the team was 0-11 from behind the arc.  Yet they still won.


12/30/08 – Minnesota 100, Dallas 107

“Mavericks rally from 29 down to stun Timberwolves”

Wow that’s a new way to lose.  Blowing a 29 point lead

The Timberwolves led 70-41 early in the third quarter when the Mavericks started their comeback, the largest in franchise history.

29 points in 22 minutes.  Ouch.

Ryan Gomes – Had one of his best games of the year.  He Scored 19 points on 8-11 shooting (including a nice 3-4 from 3-point land).  He also chipped in with 3 rebounds.


What will 2009 bring for the Wolves?  So far, nothing but victories!

1/2/2009 – Minnesota 115, Golden State 108

“Wolves hold lead against Warriors”

With the biggest collapse in a franchise history full of them still fresh in their minds, the Minnesota Timberwolves finally figured out how to close a game.

Wow Yahoo, way to rub in the last game.  Yes, the Wolves held the lead this time.

Ryan Gomes – Had his second straight strong game.  He scored 13 of his 21 points in the third quarter and also had 10 rebounds. Overall he shot 9-16, and 2-3 from 3-point land (in 28 mins of play)



1/4/2009 – Minnesota 102, Chicago 92

“Timberwoles beat Bulls for 2nd straight win”

The Minnesota Timberwolves celebrated their first winning streak of the season—at the Chicago Bulls’ expense.

Randy Foye scored 21 points, Al Jefferson added 18 points and 14 rebounds and the Minnesota won consecutive games for the first time this season, beating Chicago 102-92 on Saturday night.

“It took until the new year to get it,” Wolves forward Ryan Gomes said. “We just know what we can do now. We hadn’t seen it done until tonight, but we believed we could”

Ryan Gomes delivered his third consecutive game of 19 points or more and provided the 3-pointer that was the centerpiece of a 7-0 run after the Bulls pulled within 85-84 with 3:32 left. McHale called the play of Gomes “huge”

F Ryan Gomes followed Tuesday’s 19-point game at Dallas and Friday’s 21-point, 10-rebound game against Golden State (his first double-double of the season) with another 19-point game Saturday night that included a big 3-point shot with 2:02 left.


Through 33 games, here are Gomes’ averages.


30 minutes

10.8 Points

4.2 Rebounds

1.8 Assists


The Timberwolves have won 4 of 6 games!   In these last 6 games Ryan Gomes has averaged 15.3 points per game.

Their record is now 8-25.  Next game is Tuesday against Memphis.

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