Timberwolves Escape The Claws Of The Grizzlies 97-91: Closeout Summerleague 4-1

July 19, 2012; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves forward Derrick Williams (7) looks to pass during the game against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Cox Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-US PRESSWIRE

Two days ago Josh Memphis Grizzlies guard Josh Selby was probably the best offensive player on the floor during the entire Summer League which earned him the right to be crowned co-Summer League MVP along with Portland’s Damian Lillard. Selby has been averaging 27.5 points per game and is shooting at an amazing 70% from 3-point range.

Fortunately for the Minnesota Timberwolves, Selby didn’t explode as he finished with 11 points which included 0 points in the 1st half. By stopping “The Black Mamba” of the NBA Summer League and taking care of the ball by limiting turnovers, the Timberwolves closed out the 2012 NBA Summer League with a 97-91 win.

Power forward Mike Harris led the way for the Timberwolves in their last Summer League game by achieving a double-double with 22 points and 12 rebounds. Throughout the contest, Harris was in his element and showed his aggressiveness getting to the basket and boxing out everyone else for a rebound. After a good amount of experience overseas and in the NBA Development League, Harris showed just how much he has grown.

Helping Harris was forward Luke Sikma and center Paulo Prestes as they were keys inside for the Timberwolves. Minnesota out rebounded the Grizzlies 46-33 which allowed Minnesota to get out an d run the Grizzlies out of the gym. Prestes chipped in with 4 points and 10 rebounds, while Sikma finished with 8 points and 9 boards.

It was a total team effort by the Timberwolves that Sunday as the team had 5 players finish in double figures in points. Guard Kammron Taylor scored 15 points, with a 5-of-8 shooting, while Minnesota’s best Summer League player, guard Wes Johnson, had 14 points. Corey Fisher had 12 points and Zabian Dowdell had 11.

The Timberwolves overall shot very well as they shot 50% from the field and their aggressiveness allowed them to take them to the free throw line. However, Minnesota only shot 16-23 from the strike.

Despite a possible one-man comeback led by Josh Selby himself in the fourth quarter and with Minnesota being overconfident with a sure win, the Timberwolves somewhat got lucky they came out of the game as victors. The Timberwolves have played well and smart throughout the contest and prevented Selby from exploding. In the fourth, Selby exploded with his three point shooting as he brought a seemingly Timberwolves comfortable 7 point lead with under 40 seconds left to just two points. To make matters worse for the Wolves, Selby stole the ball right after hitting a 3-pointer but luckily for the Wolves, he missed his next attempt and the Wolves sealed the deal with a fastbreak layup.

For Memphis, Tony Wroten had 17 points, Matt Janing had 16 points, and Deon Thompson had 15 points.

For more NBA analysis and opinions, check out Theon’s general NBA blog, THEONBA!

Topics: Grizzlies, Josh Selby, Mike Harris, Summer League

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  • Helpingverbs

    Theon I really liked your article…I will be checking in to read more in the future.  I loved the Ron Artest link talking about Brandon Roy…and I. Thomas just tweeted recently that “brandon roy is officially back.” 

    • http://theonba.wordpress.com Theon Kyne Dy

      Thanks!