History is on the line for the series between the Memphis Grizzlies and the Minnesota Timberwolves. The Grizzlies have not won a series since 2015 and the Timberwolves since 2004. The Grizzlies are leading 3-2 and they want to close out the series before it goes to Game 7. The Timberwolves have homecourt advantage in Game 6 and is looking to even the series.
The Minnesota Timberwolves went with a starting lineup of Patrick Beverley, D’Angelo Russell, Anthony Edwards, Jared Vanderbilt and Karl-Anthony Towns. The Memphis Grizzlies started with Ja Morant, Desmond Bane, Dillon Brooks, Jaren Jackson Jr and Xavier Tillman.
With the opening tip, the Timberwolves opened their scoring with a turnaround jumpshot by Towns in the baseline. The Grizzlies responded with a layup from Bane. The crowd was thrilled with the way both teams were going at it. Anthony Edwards went off in the 1st quarter scoring 16 points. Jaden McDaniels came off the bench and let it go from beyond the arc going 3 of 3.
For the Grizzlies, Bane and Brooks were the main driving force as they were sinking their shots from wherever they want. But both teams cooled down in the 2nd quarter. Playing at a high pace is beneficial but when it prolongs from the 1st quarter to the next then mistakes are made.
The Timberwolves slowed their pace and moved the ball around well. Everyone was getting touches and were putting points on the scoreboard. The Grizzlies went with their transition offense but they struggled a lot. However, Brandon Clarke who came off the bench was holding fort and gave the Grizzlies a second chance by fighting for the rebounds. Yet the Timberwolves led in the end of the 1st half with a score of 52-49.
With the 2nd half starting, the Timberwolves were still sticking to their halfcourt plays and it was benefitting them a lot. They extended the lead to 10. But the Grizzlies cut it down thanks to Morant and Brooks. However, the Timberwolves’ consistent shooting put them again 10 points above.
Once the 4th quarter started, the Grizzlies gave all they had in their tank as they went on a rampage. The Timberwolves were not able to box out the Grizzlies players as they got a lot of offensive rebounds leading to second chance points.
Pairing Jaren Jackson and Brandon Clarke in the 4th quarter was a smart idea from the Grizzlies’ coach Taylor Jenkins. Both of them played aggressively in the paint and they grabbed as many rebounds as they could. When offensive rebounds are achievable, the rest of the players are not afraid to shoot and that is what happened with the Grizzlies. The Timberwolves could not seem to hold on to the lead and the Grizzlies ran away with the win.
Anthony Edwards led the team in scoring with 30 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals and 2 blocks. Jaden McDaniels came off the bench and went for 24 points, 4 rebounds and a block on 88% shooting from the field and 83% from 3-point mark. Karl-Anthony Towns put up a double-double of 18 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists, a steal and a block.
Desmond Bane and Dillon Brooks led the Grizzlies in scoring. Bane had 23 points, 7 rebounds, an assist, a steal and a block. Brooks put up 23 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assist and a steal. Jaren Jackson Jr. finished the game with a double-double of 18 points, 14 rebounds, an assist, a steal and 2 blocks. Ja Morant ended up with a near triple-double of 17 points, 11 assists, 8 rebounds, a steal and a block. Brandon Clarke came off the bench and lit up with 17 rebounds, 11 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 blocks.
Memphis Grizzlies move on to the next round
The Memphis Grizzlies won Game 6 against the Minnesota Timberwolves with a scoreline of 114-108. They have won the series 4-2 and now move on to the next round to face up against the Golden State Warriors. It will be interesting to see how the new and upcoming Grizzlies fare against the veteran Warriors.
For the Timberwolves, this is the end of their post-season run. But their future is bright. Anthony Edwards has come up big during the Play-In and the Playoffs. We are definitely going to see him in a different light next season. If the Timberwolves invest in him then surely the are going to make some noise in the upcoming seasons.