Quiet Week for Gomes as Wolves Split Two Games [Gomes Tracker]

dave@friarblog —  January 19th, 2009 5:12 AM
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After Austin Croshere got waived, Ryan Gomes is now the only former Providence Friar in the NBA.  I will try to give a Gomes update each week.

Well Minnesota’s winning streak had to end sometime — it did last a surprising 5 games!

1/13/09 – Minnesota 96, Miami 99

Wade outduels Foye, Heat beat Wolves

Dwyane Wade was his usual remarkable self on Tuesday night against Minnesota, and it almost wasn’t enough.

Wade had 31 points and eight assists in a wildly entertaining duel with Randy Foye, and Shawn Marion hit the go-ahead free throws with 22 seconds left to lift the Miami Heat to a 99-96 victory over the Timberwolves

Gomes’ line: 21 minutes, 11 points (5-8 shooting), 5 rebounds, 2 steals

1/17/09 – Minnesota 105, Phoenix 103

Foye’s late basket lifts Timberwolves past Suns

Randy Foye’s escape act from the corner helped the Minnesota Timberwolves escape with a win.

Foye made a 20-foot jumper with 1:58 remaining—and one second left on the shot clock—that propelled Minnesota to a 105-103 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Friday night.

Ryan Gomes: 26 mins, 3 points (1-6 shooting), 6 rebounds, 1 assist

Gomes on the Wolves’ recent success under new coach Kevin McHale

The tempo is much different,” forward Ryan Gomes said. “We had a tendency in the beginning, when teams scored baskets on us, we walked it up the court a lot. It was more of a slow grind. Now when teams score, we’re trying to get a layup in transition and pushing the ball. We like playing that way.”

“Coming into the season, that’s what I thought,” Gomes said. “I thought we were going to be an up-tempo, fast-break team, knowing that we still had a big guy to go to in the half-court set. If we keep playing the way we’re playing, I don’t know what the limit will be.”

Through 38 games, here are Gomes’ averages.

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30 minutes

10.8 Points

4.3 Rebounds

1.7 Assists

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Minnesota is now 12-26.

Their next game is Monday against the Clippers

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