As if the collapse of the last match did not exist. The wolves started Game 4 when they started Match 3: with power and control over the Grizzlies. Karl-Anthony Towns sets the tone. But the wave was less powerful, as Desmond Payne quickly calmed down with a 6-0 score. Memphis player boils and ties baskets behind the arch. The room isn’t far from being completely turned off when Anthony Edwards joins the locker room, just six minutes later. His back was hit by his knee alone. Fortunately, he came back a few moments later.
Wolves are up front (33-28) after a very long first quarter, riven with flaws and saddled with both teams’ losses. In the second quarter, Wolves passed with a score of 17-1 and the Grizzlies weren’t there. In three minutes, they found themselves at fifteen points. The latter responded with a score of 10-0 and Ja Morant scored four points, his first in the match, in the last seconds of the first half. Memphis was not eventually brought down (60-56).
After the break, Anthony Edwards hurt the Memphis defense with his award-winning dynasty. Again, Taylor Jenkins players don’t bow. With 8-0, they are back and still have a chance to win (93-87). They can believe it more after a few good transitions in the last quarter and easy baskets near the circuit. But Towns still has the right answer. Tyrus Jones will have the equalizer, with a 3-point open shot, but misses. Not “KAT,” which guarantees free throws and allows Minnesota to return to two throws all around (119-118).
What to remember
The Grizzlies made a lot of mistakes. With six players having four or more fouls, the Memphis whistles (33 fouls) were heavy. From Ja Morant to Jaren Jackson Jr. Across Dillon Brooks, not to mention Desmond Payne and Xavier Tillman, they all made a lot of offensive and defensive mistakes. Either the coach had to take them out, or they lost their aggressiveness to avoid being punished too much. And above all, they made 40 free throws to Chris Finch’s troops.
The group of wolves is present. After the third game nightmare, we’ve been waiting for Minnesota’s collective reaction. The Minneapolis players did not disappoint. CEOs of course, even if D’Angelo Russell is less bright than Towns and Edwards, but also the supporting roles. Patrick Beverly (17 points), Jared Vanderbilt (12) and Jordan McLaughlin (16) made important baskets.
Memphis never knew how to turn the tables. The Grizzlies were never brought down, but they didn’t cause the wolves to fold either. This match’s code: Ja Morant, not exactly bad, but he’s never really in control. From start to finish, the Tennessee players were always in the reaction. When it was necessary to put the basket to pass in front, to make the wolves surely doubt, they cracked.
✅ Anthony Edwards – Karl Anthony Towns duo. KAT is the best logical player in this game with 33 points and 14 rebounds. His intensity and aggressiveness set the tone and carried Wolves into the start of the match. Everything was not perfect inside so far, between useless flaws and lost loose balls, but at the end of the match, in addition to rebounds, he made baskets and decisive free throws. Leader game. As for Edwards, he scared everyone with his knee gear, but his 13 points in the third quarter were invaluable. Not forced and finished with 24 points.
✅ Desmond Ben. Without him, Memphis might not have fought back in the first half. Rudeness behind the arc, he scored 14 points in the first quarter, including 11 in the first five minutes. He threw himself perfectly, which didn’t really follow after that. It was 21 units in the break but the second half will be less successful. Bane would make notably three fouls after the break, but with 34 points at 8/12 on 3 points, he was clearly the best player on his side.
⛔ Garen Jackson Jr. 7 points, 6 rebounds and 6 fouls. The streak of internal stats reflects his performance well. Insufficient effect and many errors. Transparent throughout the match, shine only for a few seconds in the final quarter, with an award winning basket and a counter. But that was it. He should do a lot.
⛔✅ Ja Morant. A difficult game to analyze for the playmaker, the negative is clearly 11 small points at 13/4 for his shot and his four fouls. He looked withdrawn, less sharp than usual when he was well projected at the racket. The positive is his 8 rebounds and especially his 15 assists. Only (two flying balls), the All-Star did not want the strength and played like the veteran, who was waiting for the right moment to strike. However, that never happened.
Game 5 will take place in Memphis on the night of Tuesday to Wednesday (0:30 French time).