Start of the Game
The Grizzlies blew past the Timberwolves, who dropped behind with a poor third quarter. While Memphis is capable of playing at a consistently higher level, Minnesota’s big three were formidable last night. Karl-Anthony Towns, Anthony Edwards, and D’Angelo Russell all played a minimum of 35 minutes (Towns and Edwards closer to 40) and combined for 84 points. This is exactly what the front office was hoping for by putting these three together. The problem, on the other hand, was everyone else. When you have three players scoring 78% of the team’s point, but you lose by 8, maybe it’s time to start pointing fingers at the bench.
Outside of Minnesota’s big three, no one played very well. Therefore, the biggest concern had to be Pat Beverley. Last night, the starting point guard made his return after missing a couple of games with a groin injury. Based on how he played, maybe his comeback was premature. In 30 minutes of play, Beverley went 1/14 from the field. That is a lot of rust Beverley needs to shake off before Golden State on Sunday.
Number of the Night
0. D’Angelo Russell was red-hot from the field and an unstoppable offensive threat. He had 29 points, six assists, and shot 17/30 (including 6/11 from beyond the arc). Russell has been featured in a lot of trade rumors lately, and if he doesn’t get traded, Russell needs to convince the front office that he is worth another max contract in 2023. With more games like this, Russell just might pull it off.
Minnesota will play Golden State next on Sunday at 7:00 CST.
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