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
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
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.
Minnesota is now 12-26.
Their next game is Monday against the Clippers