Ryan Returns Home, But Wolves’ Skid Continues [Gomes Tracker]

dave@friarblog —  February 2nd, 2009 2:25 PM
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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.

First off, the Minnesota Timberwolves finished off their week in Boston, so the Projo had a few articles about Ryan.

“Gomes has Providence in his heart…both the school and the city”

“Ex-Friar Gomes thrives in Minn.”

Minnesota played 4 games this past week.  While they continued their hot January by winning last Monday (they finished 10-4 for the month), the T-Wolves dropped 3 straight, including yesterday afternoon’s loss in Boston.

Let’s check it out game by game.

1/26/09 – Minnesota 90, Milwaukee 83

Jefferson’s double-double leads T’wolves

Jefferson had 23 points and 10 rebounds as he roamed the paint freely and Ryan Gomes added 22 points, lifting the Timberwolves over the short-handed Bucks 90-83.

Ryan Gomes’ line: 33 mins, 22 points, 6-10 shooting (3-5 from 3FG), 8 rebounds

1/28/09 – Minnesota 89, Detroit 98

‘Sheed overwhelms Timberwolves

That swagger the Detroit Pistons gained through six straight trips to the Eastern Conference finals has been mysteriously absent most of this season.

If anyone can help them find it, it’s Rasheed Wallace.

Looking like the ‘Sheed who helped the Pistons to the title in 2004, Wallace tied a season high with 25 points and had 10 rebounds to lead the Detroit Pistons to a 98-89 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday night.

Gomes’ line: 38 mins, 10 points, 4-7 shooting (1-3 3FG), 5 rebounds

1/30/09 – Minnesota 119, Lakers 132

Bynum, Lakers too big for T-wolves in 132-119 win

Andrew Bynum is a big reason why the Los Angeles Lakers have the best record in the Western Conference.

And, boy, is he playing big.

Bynum bulled his way inside to 27 points and 15 rebounds, providing the perfect complement to Kobe Bryant and his 30 points, and the Lakers started a six-game road trip with a 132-119 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday night.

Gomes’ line: 32 mins, 14 points, 5-15 shooting (1-4 3FG), 4 rebounds, 2 steals, 1 block

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2/1/09 – Minnesota 101, Boston 109

Celtics win 11th straight, top Wolves 109-101

Kevin Garnett was home with the flu, so Paul Pierce had a chance to pretend that he was once again the Boston Celtics’ only All-Star.

Al Jefferson, the centerpiece of the trade that brought Garnett to Boston, scored 34 points for the Timberwolves, who lost their third in a row since winning 10 of 12. It’s the 19th time he has scored at least 30 points in his career, the sixth since Dec. 20 and the first time he has done it in back-to-back games.

Gomes’ line: 39 mins, 17 points, 7-13 shooting (1-4 3FG), 3 rebounds, 1 assist, 4 steals, 1 block

Through 46 games, here are Gomes’ averages.

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31 minutes

11.3 Points

4.4 Rebounds

1.6 Assists

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Minnesota is now 16-30, 10th place in the Western Conference.  They play Tuesday against the Pacers, Wednesday against the Hawks, and Saturday at Houston.

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