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 have played three games last week, and won ‘em all! That makes them 5-0 in January.
During this winning streak, Ryan Gomes has averaged 16 points and 5.4 rebounds.
1/6/09 – Minnesota 94, Memphis 87
Foye scored 23 points, including the go-ahead 3-pointer with 40 seconds left, and the Timberwolves weathered a late rally to beat the Memphis Grizzlies 94-87 Tuesday night.
Following his basket, Foye blocked O.J. Mayo’s shot on the next Memphis possession, leading to a fast-break basket by Ryan Gomes, and the Timberwolves secured their third straight win—the first time they’ve won three in a row since January 2007.
Gomes’ line: 14 pts (5-11 shooting, 2-4 3FG), 5 rebounds (all offensive), 2 assists, 2 steals
1/7/09 – Minnesota 129, Oklahoma City 87
Foye matched his career high with 32 points in just three quarters and the Wolves won their fourth straight game, beating the Oklahoma City Thunder 129-87 on Wednesday night.
Gomes: 26 mins, 10 pts (4-12 shooting, 2-7 3FG), rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals
1/10/09 – Minnesota 106, Milwaukee 104
Randy Foye scored 10 of his 11 points in the fourth quarter and the Timberwolves rallied from 13 points down in the second half for a thrilling 106-104 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday night.
Coach Kevin McHale was ejected after the first quarter with two quick technicals by referee Sean Corbin and Al Jefferson fouled out with 1:29 to play and the Wolves clinging to a three-point lead.
Gomes: 31 mins, 16 points (4-8 shooting, 2-2 3FG, 6-6 FT), 3 rebounds, 1 assist
Ryan Gomes has become the team’s defensive stopper since Corey Brewer was lost for the season in November because of a torn knee ligament. He got the job again Saturday when Richard Jefferson was his assignment.
Through 36 games, here are Gomes’ averages.
The Timberwolves are now 11-25, which is good for 10th in the Western Conference.
They have two games this week — Tuesday vs. Miami and Friday at Phoenix.