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.
The Minnesota Timberwolves are like a different team in January. After taking 3 of 4 games over this past week, they are now 9-2 in 2009!
1/19/09 – Minnesota 94, LA Clippers 86
Al Jefferson scored 20 points and tied a season high with 17 rebounds, and Craig Smith also had 20 points for the Timberwolves in their 94-86 victory over the Clippers.
Ryan Gomes: 30 mins, 14 points (7-13 shooting), 5 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal
1/20/09 – Minnesota 107, Utah 112
When the game got tight, Mehmet Okur took over for the Utah Jazz.
After the Minnesota Timberwolves cut a big lead to one, Okur hit consecutive 3-pointers to boosted the Jazz past Minnesota 112-107 Tuesday night for their seventh straight home win.
The Wolves never led, but cut the lead the 97-96 on Randy Foye?s 3-pointer.
Ryan Gomes and Foye led Minnesota’s rally with late 3-pointers and each finished with 19 points.
Ryan Gomes: 35 mins, 19 points (8-16 shooting, 3-6 from three-point land), 5 rebounds, 1 assist, 3 steals.
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1/23/09 – Minnesota 116, New Orleans 108
The Hornets were playing without their two best interior defenders—Tyson Chandler and David West—and were left with only Melvin Ely and Ryan Bowen to defend one of the best young post players in the game.
If it sounds like a mismatch, it was.
Jefferson had 24 points and 14 rebounds and Minnesota controlled the paint in a 116-108 victory over the Hornets.
Ryan Gomes: 27 mins, 5 pionts (2-6 shooting), 3 rebounds, 2 assists
1/25/09 – Minnesota 109, Chicago 108
Play after play, Minnesota fed the ball into the post. And no matter how many Chicago defenders were there, the Bulls had no answer for Al Jefferson.
Jefferson scored a season-high 39 points and carried the Minnesota Timberwolves to a 109-108 overtime victory over the Bulls on Sunday night for their ninth win in 11 games.
Ryan Gomes: 27 mins, 7 points (3-11 shooting), 7 rebounds, 1 steal
Through 42 games, here are Gomes’ averages.
Minnesota is now 15-27 (10th place in the Wester Conference)