Minnesota Timberwolves: Player grades from win vs. Memphis Grizzlies

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - JANUARY 30: Jerryd Bayless #8 of the Minnesota Timberwolves dribbles the ball past Mike Conley #11 of the Memphis Grizzlies during overtime at Target Center on January 30, 2019 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Minnesota Timberwolves defeated the Memphis Grizzlies 99-97 in overtime. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by David Berding/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - JANUARY 30: Jerryd Bayless #8 of the Minnesota Timberwolves dribbles the ball past Mike Conley #11 of the Memphis Grizzlies during overtime at Target Center on January 30, 2019 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Minnesota Timberwolves defeated the Memphis Grizzlies 99-97 in overtime. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by David Berding/Getty Images) /
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The Minnesota Timberwolves were able to come away with a win in overtime against the Memphis Grizzlies. Here’s a look at what this nail-biter entailed.

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The Minnesota Timberwolves were able to come away with a win in overtime to the Memphis Grizzlies by a final score of 99-97.

While Karl-Anthony Towns did not play well overall, he did hit the game-winner as time expired in overtime.

Even though this isn’t technically the Grit ‘N’ Grind Grizzlies from a few years ago, their opponents can still expect a slow paced, grit n’ grind type of game. That’s what happened on Wednesday night as Minnesota was unable to score 100 points or more for the first time since Dec. 21 against the San Antonio Spurs.

Jerryd Bayless finished with a team-high 19 points and was the best player on the court for the Wolves in this one. The team as a whole finished the night shooting 37-of-95 from the field (38.9 percent) and just 8-for-35 from 3-point range (22.9 percent). They also lost the rebound battle by 10, but a large part of that was because of Towns’ foul trouble and the fact that he only played 26 minutes.

Minnesota is now 25-26 on the season and currently sits 11th in the Western Conference, only three games behind the Los Angeles Clippers and the No. 8 spot. Winning games like this against teams lower on the totem pole help the Wolves case towards getting into the playoffs for the second consecutive season.

Karl-Anthony Towns did not play particularly well against the Grizzlies. He went 7-for-17 and finished with 16 points. However, the most important shot was the one he hit with the clock winding down in overtime, sending the Timberwolves home with a win. He did record a double-double, but for the majority of the game he was non-existent. Towns is notorious for picking up quick fouls and tonight’s game was nothing different. He picked up three quick fouls and was held with zero points and rebounds in the first half.. Center. Minnesota Timberwolves. KARL-ANTHONY TOWNS. B-

C-. The only reason Andrew Wiggins warranted a C- and nothing lower was because of his defense, rebounding and distribution of the ball. Wiggins finished with five rebounds, four assists, one blocks and steal. When it came to scoring is where things went south for him. Wiggins will want to forget about tonight’ game shooting, going just 4-of-19 from the field. If he didn’t pick things up in other area’s of the game, his grade would drastically drop.. Guard/Forward. Minnesota Timberwolves. ANDREW WIGGINS

Outside of missing the final two shots of the game to end regulation, Jerryd Bayless was the team’s best player and by a wide margin. He finished with 19 points, 12 assists, 7 rebounds and 2 steals. It wasn’t the most efficient night shooting, but he did go 8-for-19 from the field. Another eye-popping statistic from the game, Bayless finished with a team-high plus-minus of +19. Minnesota will need more nights like this from him considering all of their issues at the point guard spot.. Point Guard. Minnesota Timberwolves. JERRYD BAYLESS. A+

JOSH OKOGIE. C. Josh Okogie didn’t play as much minutes (19) as one would probably expect with the game going into overtime, although he did struggle a bit with foul trouble. As usual, he did provide the team with energy and added two steals, along with five points on 2-of-6 shooting.. Guard/Forward. Minnesota Timberwolves

B. Other than his four turnovers, Taj Gibson was his usual self – helping the team win in any sort of fashion. He played great defense down the stretch, adding four steals and one block. Gibson won’t light defenses up, but he did finish with 10 points on an efficient 5-for-9 shooting. Gibson is an important part of what the Wolves do and tonight was no different.. Power Forward. Minnesota Timberwolves. TAJ GIBSON

Minnesota Timberwolves. DARIO SARIC. A. There really wasn’t a whole lot to complain about when Dario Saric was in the game. He only played 18 minutes, but he did score eight points and finished with a +10. He’s struggled shooting the ball as of late, but he did go 2-for-4 from the field, with both shots coming from 3-point range.. Power Forward

A. Much like Saric and Gibson, Loul Deng didn’t do a whole lot, but when he was playing he was efficient. He finished with a +5 and added six points and four rebounds. He may not play much once the team is healthy again, but Deng has been a much-needed boost during this stretch he’s played in.. Forward. Minnesota Timberwolves. LUOL DENG

A. Gorgui Dieng played good for the Timberwolves tonight and was much needed with the foul trouble Towns found himself in. He provided 22 minutes tonight, adding 10 points, four assists and three rebounds. It’s not often he will finish the game with that many assists, let alone more than he rebounded the ball.. Forward/Center. Minnesota Timberwolves. GORGUI DIENG

The rest of the players

Anthony Tolliver picked up the most minutes tonight off the bench, adding 24 to his season total. It was a bit of a surprise coming on the heels of a DNP-CD on Sunday against Utah, but he scored 10 points and added four rebounds in this one.

Isaiah Canaan played his first game in a Timberwolves uniform and it went about as you might expect. He scored three points and finished with an abysmal -17 in the 13 minutes he did play.

What’s Next?

Things aren’t going to be any easier for the Timberwolves in their next game; they will be back home at the Target Center against the Denver Nuggets on Saturday, Feb. 2 to face Denver. The Nuggets are 35-15 and sit second in the Western Conference.

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This will be the second meeting these two have squared off in this season, with Denver winning the first one in a nail-biter by a score of 103-101.