When the grizzly passes through a mouse hole on the floor of the wolf! Incredibly transformed in Minneapolis last night, as the Wolves cracked completely at the end as they looked like they clinched their second win of the series. Upon arrival, it was Memphis who came out with the win after the fourth quarter that looked like the end of the world for Minnesota, as they edged out 37-12 and beat 104-95.
The Wolves took over the Grizzlies by displaying a massive offensive defense 12-0 under the momentum of an already untenable Pat Beverly. The Morant-Bane duo managed to lower Memphis to -5 (18-13) before conceding a fresh blast, marked by three throws for the Russell-Edwards-Beasley trio (39-21). The locals took control of the second quarter 8-0 before seeing Patrick Beverly bid a two-stage basket with the help of the board and then plunged into the transition to take the score to 51-29!
At the bottom of the hole, the Grizzlies reacted again by aligning 15-0 to rally the breaker under Desmond Bane, the author of three 3-point baskets (51-44).
It was all about to be done again for Wolves who were not discouraged and recovered by hitting 17-4 as soon as they came back from the locker room, with Anthony Edwards in all good action and supporting Russell McDaniels (68-48). The duo thinks he leads the point home by connecting two 3-point baskets (76-54).
Going back to -16 at the start of the fourth quarter (83-67), the Grizzlies found a way to re-press by going 13-0 to start the period with the Morant-Bane-Clarke-Jackson Jr. quartet. Command, and Teos Jones, a native of Minnesota, to re-press the 3-point basket (83-80)!
Anthony Edwards missed two shots, enough to boost morale for Memphis who tied after 3 pointers into the corner on a laser pass from left hand Ja Morant (83-83). At the end of possession, Tyus Jones layered behind the arc, allowing the Grizzlies to pass for the first time in the match (85-86)!
En route, Taylor Jenkins’ men finished the job with two big 3-shot throws from the Bane-Brooks duo and a show of commitment from Brandon Clark, rewarding with two baskets and two shots to help eliminate the suspense (92-102). “Triple-double” creator Ja Morant showed his last left hand and won Memphis 104-95 to lead 2-1 in the series.
What to remember
Series match. Wolves dominated the match by doing what the Grizzlies did all season, raising their defensive power to beat their opponent early in the game and at the beginning of the second half. The problem is that their streak wasn’t enough and Memphis, in turn, distinguished itself with two devastating streaks: 15-0 before the break and 21-0 between the end of the third and the beginning of the fourth quarter. From euphoria, Wolves went into a nightmare, unable to score in the match for six long minutes in the final term (0/8 to start the period).
– Taylor Jenkins paid the settlements. There was a spark of Xavier Tillman in Game 2. In this match 3 match, it was Brandon Clark who featured 20 points, 8 rebounds and an amazing finish to the intensity game on both sides of the floor. It was necessary to have some to leave Stephen Adams on the bench, but Taylor Jenkins knew what he was doing and his interiors responded to the last two games Memphis won.
✅ Desmond Ben. The full-back was again invaluable with his hot shots keeping the Grizzlies alive before the break and his composure late in the game to make the right choices and help eliminate the Wolves.
✅ Brandon Clark. The Grizzlies Energizer almost single-handedly eliminated the match by scoring 8 out of 20 in money time, but also forcing KAT to walk, taking the offensive rebound that allowed Dillon Brooks to end the thrill with three points. Great art!
⛔ Cities of Karl Anthony. Cat once again passed, between his mistakes, his heavy attacking influence and his omission that sometimes caused his teammates to berate. As a symbol, it was he who took the Pointer 3 from Dillon Brooks in the head, a basket that once and for all put an end to the hopes of his people.
The two teams meet Saturday evening in Minneapolis (4:00 a.m.) for the fourth round of the series.