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Timberwolves try to avoid ‘Hero’ Ball, stay alive against Grizzlies in Game 6 – WCCO

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — After blowing a double-digit fourth-quarter lead twice in this series, the Minnesota Timberwolves may already have beaten the Memphis Grizzlies and are setting up for the second round. The Timberwolves will try to avoid elimination by the Grizzlies in Game 6 on Friday night, with the goal of showing the league, their fans, and maybe themselves, that they have a lot of game resolution. late game needed to be a factor in the NBA playoffs. READ MORE: Minnesota Legislature Reaches Deal Replenishing Unemployment Claims Fund, Sending $500 Million to Frontline Workers What they don’t necessarily need, though, is one of their stars to take over. One of the main reasons the Wolves have been unproductive in the final stretches of games. it’s a stagnant offense and forced shots from one of the trio of Karl-Anthony Towns, Anthony Edwards or D’Angelo Russell. “Everyone wants to be the hero, and that’s not how you’re going to win these games,” coach Chris Aleta said after Thursday’s practice. Edwards tied Game 5 with 3.7 seconds remaining on a corner three-point shot that faded. The second-year shooting guard has quickly established himself as a true playmaker, so having the ball in his hands with the clock ticking down isn’t a negative for Minnesota. Problems can arise, however, when there are few passes to or from him to set up the best looks at the basket. “It was me. I was a lot of that, what the coach talked about,” Edwards said, reflecting on his decision-making in Game 5. He scored 22 points, but took 20 shots to get there. Russell has also had some ill-advised attempts, including a 10-foot stop in traffic with 12.3 seconds remaining in Game 5 that misfired badly. Entering the series, guard Patrick Beverley was the only Wolves player with any significant postseason experience. “We are young,” Edwards said. “I think we all know that, and we’re learning as we go.” The Grizzlies are just as inexperienced in this scenario, but they’ve been the better team in the latter half of the fourth quarter, even if the other 90% of the game has mostly gone the way of the Wolves. Ja Morant pretty much belied his age in Game 5 by scoring his team’s last 13 points, including the last-second layup that carried Memphis to victory. to go to a super small lineup with Morant alongside Tyus Jones, Desmond Bane, Dillon Brooks and Brandon Clarke. Brooks and Clarke helped defend Towns, and Clarke dominated in the fourth quarter with seven of his 10 rebounds on the offensive end. Memphis held a 12-0 scoring advantage in second-chance points in the final period, and Clarke finished with 21 points and 15 rebounds off the bench. READ MORE: What would a consent decree mean for Minneapolis? We asked a city that has one. The Grizzlies last advanced to the second round in 2015, when none of their current players were present, nor was the coaching staff. “I’m just focused on how we’re going to play our best basketball yet. So hopefully we’ll come out with that physical edge, that mental edge that you’re going to need,” Jenkins said. “You just have to level up safely on the road against a really tough team.” Taking an early lead at Target Center could go a long way in sending the Grizzlies to a Game 1 on Sunday at Golden State. “You don’t want to bring a team like that to life,” Jones said. “When you have an opportunity to shut down an opponent in a playoff series, you have to try to take advantage of it. Obviously, we don’t want this to go to a Game 7.” GRIZZLIES at TIMBERWOLVESMemphis leads 3-2. Game 6, 9 pm EDT, ESPN.—MUST KNOW: The 31.6-point-averaging Grizzlies are outscoring the Wolves by 8.8 points in the fourth quarter of the series, by far the biggest disparity this postseason.—KEEP AN EYE ON: Doom. He averaged 30 points and shot 15 of 27 from outside the arc in Games 3 and 4, the first two games in Minnesota. Bane joined Klay Thompson (three in a row) and Stephen Curry (two) as the third player in NBA history to make at least seven 3-pointers in consecutive playoff games. He’s shooting 48.3% from 3-point range on the road this season for both the regular season and playoffs.—INJURY ALERT: Grizzlies center Steven Adams has entered health and safety protocols of COVID-19 and will not play in Game 6. Backup forward Ziaire Williams (right knee soreness) was listed as a doubt for the game. Morant and Edwards have played through minor leg injuries, but they haven’t been limited in any way.—THERE’S PRESSURE: Brooks. He was 3-for-18 shooting in Game 5, including 1-for-10 from 3-point range, and finished with eight points. (© Copyright 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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

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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.)

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

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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.)

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

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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.

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