There will be no Game 7 in this first round of the 2022 playoffs. After Philadelphia, Phoenix and Dallas the day before, it was the Grizzlies who finished the job away to move to the next round with a six-sleeve win. As in the last meeting between the two teams, Minnesota made good progress in the final, and Memphis finished strong, winning after a tough fight.
The start of the match displayed the offensive qualities of both teams, with a distance duel between snipers Desmond Bean and Dillon Brooks, who reached 14-21, and Jaden McDaniels, who responded with 3 baskets to 3 points to get Wolves back. Lead (24-22).
With Anthony Edwards sharing from the start (16 points in the first quarter) and the Russell Towns duo more prominent in the second quarter, the locals were able to race the lead into the break, even if the Grizzlies were far from having said their last word (52-49).
The Russell-Edwards-Towns trio remained on the track, rising to +13 after a 2+1 basket and half the distance from Karl-Anthony Towns (66-53). In difficulty until then, Ja Morant recovered by aligning two baskets with the foul, and Memphis returned to -1 with the help of also more consistent Dillon Brooks (69-68).
The scenario that Minnesota has already experienced this season appears to be on the horizon. Except that this time, Pat Beverly’s three-pointers and Jaden McDaniel’s seven straight points revived the locals 10-0 (84-72).
But three-pointers from Garen Jackson Jr. and Teos Jones quickly put Memphis back into the mix at the start of the fourth quarter (84-80). The hour of the knockout was approaching and the Grizzlies refused to abdicate, and they returned again to -3 after a floater from space signed Teos Jones (94-91), before equalizing twice on rockets from Desmond Bane and Dillon Brooks (97-97).
Coming out for the last six mistakes in the process did not dampen the enthusiasm of the armies of Taylor Jenkins, who took advantage of the advantage for the first time in the second half with 3 pointers in the corner of Desmond Bani (99-101). ). In the process, Ja Morant finished near the circle after two heroic attack bounces from the base and Brandon Clark (99-103).
In the last minute of possession, Tyus Jones then hit back at Jaden McDaniels 3-pointer with a basket behind the arc on top of the racket (102-106). The “clutch” move was too much for Minnesota, who cracked the final by conceding a dipping from Garen Jackson Jr. is synonymous with winning and qualifying in the conference semi-finals for Memphis (106-114).
What to remember
Never two without three. For the third time in the series, Minnesota collapsed after going up ten points or more in the last quarter. In this match, despite their 12-point lead with one minute remaining in the third game, Wolves failed to eliminate the tough-skinned Grizzlies.
Money and time management. However, Memphis did not appear in the best possible mood, as Dillon Brooks lost to six fouls. Mais la gestion des dernières possessions des Grizzlies, avec les 3-points « clutch » de Desmond Bane et Tyus Jones a contrasté avec les choix discutables et précipités des Wolves, Karl-Anthony Towns en particulier, lui qui a pris de verrou san tirs Target.
✅ The Bane Brooks duo. To back up a struggling Ja Morant in attack, Memphis was able to count on his two helpers, both on 23 points: Desmond Payne, still composed for a big game, punctuated by those three points brimming with the composure of a corner-help slip. The game in his favor, Dillon Brooks, who starred in the role of the silent sniper, with a score of 5/6 from 3 throws.
✅ jones clark husband. Tyus Jones also finished the match by scoring a decisive hat-trick, and distinguished himself until then with the accuracy of his attacking game and his efficiency (11 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists in just 14 minutes). Brandon Clarke for his part made Brandon Clark, with an amazing burst of energy, particularly on rebounding and a combination of aggressiveness and efficiency near the circuit that took a toll on Wolves’ defense.
✅ Jaden McDaniels. A valuable relay for Wolves off the bench with 24 points at 5/6 at 3 points. He missed the win only to be the evening’s champ.
✅⛔ Anthony Edwards. The second full-back started the game strong and took charge of Ja Morant’s defense afterwards. Maybe that’s also why we saw him less after the break, and he’s gradually lacking clarity in his choices about the match, getting back into his ways. But there’s no doubt that Minnesota has a hell of a player out there.
⛔ Cities of Karl Anthony. Brilliant in the regular season, the interior was generally a disappointment in this series. Revealing the playoffs is ruthless, KAT suffered greatly, overpowering poor choices at the end of the match.
Grizzlies hosts Warriors Sunday (9:30 p.m.)