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Big Three’s efforts are not enough as Wolves fall in Memphis 116-108

MEMPHIS – With Karl-Anthony Towns committing a second offensive foul in as many possessions at the end of the Timberwolves’ 116-108 loss to the Grizzlies, Timberwolves coach Chris Finch picked up a bottle of water he was drinking and threw her under the bench.

A game there for the catch slipped into Wolves hands for the second time in three days Thursday night, this time because they got no production from their bench, nor did the “Big Three” from. Towns, Anthony Edwards and D “Angelo Russell carries the Wolves in the dying minutes.

Wolves were 106-105 ahead of a Russell layup with 2 minutes and 45 seconds left. They wouldn’t score again until an insignificant layup from Edwards gave him 30 for the night just before the buzzer.

Memphis scored the next 11 points after that layup for Russell to win their 11th straight game.

For Finch, the Wolves played too slow in the final moments where Towns committed two offensive fouls in back-to-back possessions.

“We made the mistake the last time we were here,” said Finch, referring to a 125-118 overtime loss on Nov. 8. stuck on the clock and took some hard knocks. When we had glances open, they did not enter. “

Grizzlies goalie Ja Morant had 16 points, nine assists and eight rebounds while Desmond Bane scored 21. The Grizzlies also had 15 points off the bench from Jon Konchar, who also had 17 rebounds, and 14 points. by Brandon Clarke. These two totals were greater than the entire exit from the Wolves bench (13 points on 19% of shots).

BOXSCORE: Memphis 116, Wolves 108

Edwards scored 25 of his 30 in the first half. Towns had a big second half leading to 25 points while Russell had 29. No other Wolves player finished in double digits while starting goalie Patrick Beverley got 1 for 9.

“We’re not really worried about that,” Edwards said of his teammates’ difficult night. “Me in the last game, I had a bad game. Everyone has a bad night. I’m with them forever.”

The Wolves also gave the Grizzlies 22 counterattack points and Memphis passed them 56-46. Finch’s post-game post spoke of Wolves’ need to consolidate those little things, not to bounce back, not to make so many mistakes in the lane, to take the next step as a team.

“When you first start golfing, it’s pretty easy to reduce your handicap points quickly,” Finch said. “But when you want to go from a seven to a six more, it’s pretty hard to do and it’s all about attention to detail.”

There hasn’t been enough attention in the last two games, and Wolves have let two potential wins turn into losses.

“I really think we’re close,” said Russell. “I think we’re right here. I think we’re right. But until we agree to do these little things, we won’t find a way to win the game.”

Nowell could come back soon

Wolves have received good news regarding the ankle injury Jaylen Nowell suffered Tuesday against New Orleans.

Nowell missed Thursday’s game, but coach Chris Finch was hopeful Nowell could return for Sunday’s game against Golden State.

“It wasn’t as bad as we had thought when it happened,” Finch said.

Nowell has emerged in the rotation lately thanks to his scoring ability.

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