Connect with us

Sports

Timberwolves realize first-round exit progress not a given – WCCO

Published

on

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Timberwolves flourished in their first full season under coach Chris Finch, leading the NBA in scoring, improving defense and reviving their frustrated fan base as they made the playoffs for the first time in four years. . the Memphis Grizzlies also struggled once they got there, outscoring the No. 2 seed in most games before those fourth-quarter misses proved too difficult to overcome. Grizzlies won first-round series in six games.READ MORE: ‘It’s off to a great start’: Frontline workers react to bonus payHowever, progress is no guarantee in this league. Making the move to be where Memphis is this weekend with Western Conference semifinalists Phoenix, Golden State and Dallas will be tough enough. There are also other teams to defend against. “The Clippers will be healthy. Who knows what the Lakers are going to do? Denver should be healthier. So there are definitely teams that will rise up,” Finch said. “There are also those teams that end up throwing up on themselves, and we just can’t be one of them.” they’ve finally established a chemistry and culture that works, even if they’ll need to make more tweaks and improvements to the roster. “Everyone wants to go to the same hotel room and hang out together,” Towns said. “It’s so funny to see 15 millionaires arguing over pizza. We could all buy our own cake at that time.” Exit interviews with the players on Saturday morning were eye-opening for Finch. “Nobody had plans. No one had given much thought to what they were going to do now, which means they were still fully focused, they thought they were going to win, they thought we were going to go to Game 7 and beyond,” Finch said. The Grizzlies became the first team in NBA history to win multiple playoff series after facing deficits of 10 points or more in the fourth quarter, a feat they accomplished three times against the Wolves. Finch repeatedly pointed out the downside of the “hero ball,” when his leading scorers (Towns, Anthony Edwards and D’Angelo Russell) stall the offense by valiantly but overconfidently trying to win the game with a big shot. The long-term benefit to the late leads lost against the Grizzlies was the way he exposed weaknesses in their game. the price for it. Those are just lessons you learn. Don’t touch that, it’s hot, kind of stuff,” Finch said. THE BIG THREEinch said he didn’t think the Wolves would ever “ultimately maximize” the collective abilities of Towns, Edwards and Russell symbiotically this season. READ MORE: EagleCam chick dies after his brother pushes him out of the nest Edwards had 151 points in the series, the most in franchise history for a playoff series, but his performance was also mixed sometimes. “I still don’t do a lot of reading that I should do to soften the defense, but I will after this summer,” Edwards said. “Just watching the movie, knowing what to expect, how they’re going to protect you, what they’re going to throw at you.” NEW DEAL FOR D-LO? Russell will enter the final season of the max contract he signed as part of the trade that sent him from Brooklyn to Golden State three years ago, and it remains unclear if the Wolves will commit to him as part of the core with Towns and Edwards beyond. the next season. -y-series down. Backup point guard Jordan McLaughlin was running the offense so effectively down the stretch of Game 6 that Russell spent most of the fourth quarter on the bench, an understandable decision by Finch that Russell unsurprisingly said no to. I was happy. Russell also acknowledged that his on-court chemistry with Towns has been “shaky” during the two years they’ve been together, often interrupted by injuries and COVID-19. “I think we’re such fans of each other that we found a way to make it work at times where you probably didn’t have the chemistry,” Russell said on a tentative basis, and his status has yet to be finalized. gave him a contract extension earlier this month, he has made it clear he wants to continue working for him.”It’s been a big reason we have stability in this organization right now,” Finch said. attention, but the other player the Wolves selected in that 2020 draft, Jaden McDaniels, has given them another promising building block as an athletic and reliable two-way forward He set a team postseason record in Game 6 on Friday with 24 points off the bench.”The sky’s the limit for both of us and where we can be in the next two years,” McDaniels said.”I’m excited to see that.”MORE NEWS: Dozens of Amazon workers protest outside d Shakopee warehouse, demand time off for the Muslim holiday (© Copyright 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

Continue Reading
Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Sports

Gilbert Dominant On Mound To Lift Mariners Past Twins 5-0 – WCCO

Published

on

SEATTLE (AP) — At the rate he’s going, Logan Gilbert will find himself pitching in Los Angeles in the All-Star Game a month from now. -Batter in the Mariners’ 5-0 win over the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday night. depression. But the only thing everyone wanted to talk about afterwards was another excellent performance from Gilbert. “It sounds to me like he’s putting together an All-Star season,” Seattle manager Scott Servais said. “I think he’s certainly setting himself apart as one of the best starters in this league.” Gilbert cut his ERA to 2.22, struck out six and walked one. Gilberto Celestino, batting No. 9, and Carlos Correa hit two singles off Gilbert, but the rest of the Twins’ lineup was unsuccessful. The only time Minnesota threatened was in the sixth with runners on first and second and two out, but Gilbert struck out Max Kepler on a 3-2 pitch. It was the fourth time this year that Gilbert won after a loss in Seattle. “I’m trying to always set the tone when it’s my day, and get ahead and keep zeros on the board and give us a chance to win,” Gilbert said. . “So win or lose, that’s my job. And that’s what I’ve tried to go out and do.” Gilbert (7-2) has allowed three runs or fewer in 12 of his 13 starts this season. He has pitched at least six innings in six straight outings, and only Seattle, wanting to keep the pitching countdown down against the Twins a bit, prevented Gilbert from entering the seventh inning. just a bunch of positive things combined,” Twins manager Rocco Baldelli said. “He made good pitches when he had to.” Erik Swanson, Diego Castillo and Matt Festa each worked an inning of relief to finish the shutout. home run an inning later to chase down Minnesota starter Joe Ryan. Sam Haggerty added an RBI double in the seventh. Seattle had scored three runs or fewer in four of the previous six games. The Mariners are 25-10 when scoring four or more this season, even if Gilbert didn’t need that much support.READ MORE: Buxton Homers Vs Seattle Again, Twins Top Mariners 3-2“When he goes out, it’s business, and playing behind a guy like that, he’s a lot of fun,” France said. “The game just flows. Hopefully we can get some racing support tonight.” Ryan (5-3) made his first start since he was placed on the COVID-19 disabled list on May 25. He retired 11 of his first 12 batters before Julio Rodriguez doubled with one. out in the fourth, and Suarez followed with an impressive home run down the left field line. An inning later with Ryan working, France hit a broken ball hanging on the first pitch. Ryan allowed five hits and struck out three in 4 2/3 innings. Injured back that the team expected and would be imagining a bit to see if there is something else at stake. Polanco has sat out the last two games. Mariners: SS JP Crawford was ruled out about an hour before first pitch after experiencing flu-like symptoms, Servais said. Crawford was ready to bat in the leadoff spot. Dylan Moore replaced him at shortstop. Servais seemed pessimistic that Crawford would be able to play Wednesday. … Jesse Winker was given the night off. Servais had planned to give each of his outfielders a day off during this stay at home, but Winker has been a huge disappointment at the plate. He is batting just .208 and has six hits in his last 39 at-bats. ROSTER MOVEMENT To make room for Ryan, the Twins designated Elliot Soto for the INF assignment a day after he was drafted out of Triple-A St. Paul. Soto did not appear in his only game with the Twins. Baldelli was hopeful Soto would remain in the organization if he clears waivers.UP NEXTTwins: Right-hander Sonny Gray (3-1, 2.41 ERA) is expected to be reinstated from the 15-day disabled list after missing time for a strain in the right pectoral. Gray hasn’t started for the Twins since May 29 when he pitched six innings against Kansas City. Mariners: LHP Marco Gonzales (3-6, 3.63) is making his 13th start of the season. Gonzales lasted 4 1/3 innings in his last start against Boston, allowing two runs on two hits with a career-high six walks. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

Continue Reading

Sports

Storm wins for fourth straight time to extend Lynx losing streak – WCCO

Published

on

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Breanna Stewart scored 29 points, including a go-ahead basket with 42.6 seconds left, and the Seattle Storm beat the Minnesota Lynx 81-79 on Tuesday night for their fourth straight victory. Stewart floated into the lane to break a 79-all tie. After Minnesota was left empty-handed at the other end on a lopsided layup attempt by Moriah Jefferson, Stewart dribbled the clock past it to Jewell Loyd, who missed a contested shot down the lane. But Stewart grabbed the offensive rebound and knocked him out to run out time. Epiphanny Prince made four 3-pointers in the first five minutes of the fourth quarter and finished with 15 points for Seattle (9-5). Loyd added 13 points, including a 3-point play for a 57-54 lead after Seattle started the third quarter on an 18-8 run. Sue Bird did not play due to illness other than COVID. Breanna Stewart (Credit: Steph Chambers/Getty Images) Stewart had 15 points in the first half, but Seattle still trailed 46-39. The Storm finished 12 of 27 from 3-point range. Kayla McBride scored 20 points for Minnesota (3-12), including a 3-pointer to tie it at 79-all with 52 seconds left. Jessica Shepard added 12 points, Nikolina Milic added 11 points and the Aerial Powers had 10 points and seven assists. Minnesota, which has lost four straight, outscored Seattle 51.5% to 38.4 but gave it up 15 times. (© Copyright 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

Continue Reading

Sports

‘We are only here to win’: Benilde-St. Margaret’s Boys Lacrosse team seeks fifth state championship – WCCO

Published

on

ST. LOUIS PARK, Minn. (WCCO) — They’re young, but they’re not insecure. “We are very confident. We know we are the best team in the state. It all comes down to whether we all play together,” said Benilde-St. Margaret’s senior spiker, Cam Gelling. READ MORE: ‘Take What’s Ours’: Championship Softball Turns Ruthless In FinalsThe Benilde-St. Margaret’s boys are back in the state, for the fifth year in a row, undefeated and in first place. “We know what to expect. We know the splendor around the state tournament,” said BSM Head Coach Rob Hunt. Margaret’s has been a sure success, winning the first state title in 2007 and last year. This week they go for title number five. (Credit: CBS) “I think it would just continue to cement our show as one of the best shows in Minnesota, if not the Midwest,” Hunt said. “We want to continue to help elevate the game not just locally, but for the entire state.” READ MORE: MSHSL passes name, image, and likeness policy for student athletes“It would mean a lot to us, especially going back,” Gelling said. The Red Knights have a reputation for winning every game. “I think you’re everyone’s target. Some people have said that. It really doesn’t affect us. We’re just here to win,” junior midfielder Brad Little said. Still, they try to reframe the narrative. “At one point this year, we positioned ourselves in our own locker room as if we were the chasers,” Hunt said. . “We were going to go out and hunt everyone down and let everyone know that we were still here. As the year progressed, it became clear that we were one of the best teams in the state. And we were going to get the best shot of all.” MORE NEWS: The Chanhassen HS lacrosse team is enjoying a dominant season despite few home game opportunities They are ready for whoever comes to take their place at the top.

Continue Reading

Trending

Copyright © 2022