The Memphis Grizzlies, in their home opener, beat the Minnesota Timberwolves in a close finish, 105-101. Marc Gasol led the Grizzles with 32 points on 12-of-17 from the field and 8-of-10 from the costless throw line to go along with nine rebounds and three assists. Gasol's 32 was a career-high in points for him. Zach Randolph had a very good game with 25 points on 12-of-16 shooting and 13 rebounds. Mike Conley had 16 points, and Courtney Lee had 14.
The Grizzlies shot the ball efficiently, hitting 52 percent of their shots. The Grizzlies only had 10 total points off their bench and still won this game. The Grizzlies are typically not a good offensive team but did play well on that end of the floor tonight. This was the Grizzlies' first season opener win since 2000.
For the Timberwolves, Thaddeus Young led the way with 26 points, four rebounds and four assists. This offseason, they acquired him in a trade involving Kevin Love and Andrew Wiggins, and he really gave the Wolves a chance to win this game tonight. Mo Williams, who the T'wolves also got in costless agency, had a good game off the bench with 18 points on 6-of-9 from the field and four assists. The number one overall pick in the 2014 draft Andrew Wiggins only had six points and three rebounds in only 19 minutes. He started in his NBA debut in this game.
The Timberwolves shot pretty well, too. They shot 45 percent from the field but did not play well defensively. They could not stop Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol and could not force them to miss shots as they both shot over 70 percent from the field.
The Minnesota Timberwolves are in a rebuilding mode this year. Losing a great player in Kevin Love really hurts them, and last year they did not make the playoffs with him. They did get two number one overall picks in Andrew Wiggins and Anthony Bennett along with veteran Thaddeus Young. Wiggins and Bennett are young players, who are continuously developing, and this year, they are only considered role players. Thaddeus Young had a good season last year for 76ers averaging 17.9 points and 6.0 rebounds, but Love is a significantly better player. The Timberwolves did play pretty well on the road tonight against a good Memphis Grizzlies team and hung in there until the end but lost.
The Timberwolves will look to bounce back tomorrow, October 30 against the Detroit Pistons. The Grizzlies look to remain perfect Friday night on the road in Indiana against the ailing Pacers