I taped the game between the Timberwolves and Efes Pilsen the other day and I wanted to watch it and give you a scouting report on our old mates. However, I only got through the first quarter before needing to call it a night and catch up on some much needed rest.
In other words, I didn’t watch long enough to get over the "that’s so weird seeing Jefferson and Gomes in a different uniform" effect. I still may watch the game if I have time but I might just wait to see how the Timberpups do against the new Celtics lineup on Wednesday.
I will, however, direct you do this detailed game recap (hat tip to TrueHoop). Some highlights:
The game was surprisingly close (depending on your opinion of the TWolves and International competition) ending in a 84-81 win by Minnesota.
Efes Pilsen is led by Drew Nicholas (formerly of Maryland Terrapins fame) and also features ex-NBA’er Loren Woods. But what makes the team really dangerous is future NBA head coach David Blatt.
The T-Wolves kept struggling against coach Blatt's matchup zone defense, the one utilized so famously in the 2005 Euroleague Final, when Maccabi Elite beat Tau Ceramica.
The Timberwolves started a team of all former Celtics (remember that Foye was technically drafted by the Celtics and even posed for pictures with a Boston hat on draft night).
They say that Mark Blount is working on increasing his range to 3 point territory. Not a shock that he is moving farther and farther away from the paint.
From what I saw, Gomes still has a knack for being around the ball and he had a nifty crossover reverse layup move that had the announcers dumbfounded. He ended up with 12 points and 13 rebounds.
One play I saw was typical Ricky Davis. He took a jumper an immediately darted backward up the court. Of course the shot was short, and bounced right to the spot where he shot from except he wasn't there anymore. Hey, maybe his coach told him to get back on defense, but the announcers had a fun time telling the kids in the audience to not do what Ricky did. My take: that's just Ricky being Ricky.
As was pointed out by Sean Grande on Celtics Stuff Live this weekend, Gerald Green played only 14 minutes but was able to squeeze in 15 shot attempts (4-15, 1-5 from 3, total of 10 points).
Oh yeah, and of course Al Jefferson had 11 points and 17 rebounds in 27 minutes.
I know this is a very spotty report, but feel free to add to it in the comments section. I'm looking forward to the game tomorrow.