Anthony Edwards didn't reach 50 points… but he'll get over it

Anthony Edwards didn’t reach 50 points… but he’ll get over it

I would have liked us to finish a little better. It’s not a very smart way to try to finish a game. We have to be better. Chris Finch’s words are addressed to his entire troupe. But we suspect that the Wolves coach is aiming a little more Anthony Edwards than the others.

As Wolves quietly led by 18 points against Spurs in the final quarter, they managed to scare each other in the dying moments. Eight seconds from the end, Karl-Anthony Towns was sanctioned for delaying putting the ball back into play. Possession recovered by the Spurs… with only 4 points behind. Visitors will ultimately go no further.

A discussion around his aggressiveness

Luckily for Wolves who have clearly been sucked into Anthony Edwards’ points tally. Indeed, the latter lacked an award-winning basket to reach the 50-point mark. He thus tried his luck… four times, always from the same area and being challenged, in the last minute. Two last free throws still allowed him to reach 49 points and set a new career high.

Obviously, we tried to push Ant to do something special at his age. “, does not hide Patrick Beverley, knowing that the local public also encouraged the rear to shoot. The latter wanted his 50 points, he also regrets in a press conference to have missed a lay-up with the fault, at the end, which would have allowed him to make a “2+1”. ” But I don’t care, we won “, he relativizes.

This funny end to the match does not detract from his enormous performance, his fifth game in his young career at 40 points or more. Author of 15 points in the first quarter, he resumed his work in the second part of the third quarter with in particular 15 points scored consecutively, straddling the fourth quarter as well, without any other teammate scoring. .

The fullback has done as much harm in the Spurs racket, Tre Jones can attest, as behind the 3-point line where he shone with his backwards shots.

I think he was No. 1 in Draft, that could mean something there. He’s a hell of a player “Qualifies Gregg Popovich, who had already suffered 60 points from Karl-Anthony Towns a few weeks ago.

Anthony Edwards stopped at 49 points (16/28 on shots including 6/14 from afar), 8 assists and 6 rebounds. His exit comes the day after a discussion with one of the team’s assistant coaches. The past message revolved around his aggressiveness. ” Dominate in what I do. What he said really stuck with me. »

We talked to him about trying to be a little more dominant when he can be, in important moments confirms Chris Finch. “I really liked the way he went to the circle, his finish. He was crafty. He showed patience, drew fouls. He found some guys. He did it all. He played with great determination. »

70 points a day?

Speaking of fouls caused, his player had never occupied the free throw line as much as this night (11/14). ” The referees showed me love tonight, that’s for sure. I have nothing negative to say about them” he smiles. “If I can shoot 10, 14 free throws, who knows how many points I can shoot. »

Team-mate Karl-Anthony Towns hails his work ethic after the full-back struggled on shots recently. ” He really did the job, he defended well. He did it all tonight “, Judge “KAT”, adding: “ It only gets better. I said to him in the locker room: ‘Don’t worry about not having reached 50 points, because at this rate, you will score 70 one day.’ »

In the meantime, Anthony Edwards and the Wolves have an appointment with the “play-in”, with the hope of continuing their fine run in the playoffs. ” We have everything we need. I think we’re going to have a very good run in the playoffs. Let others stand ready for us “Warns the back in front of an audience that has regained its enthusiasm.

Anthony Edwards Percentage Bounces
Season Team GM Minimum Shots 3 points LF Off Def Early pd party Int bp CT Points
2020-21 MIN 72 32 41.7 32.9 77.6 0.8 3.9 4.7 2.9 1.8 1.1 2.2 0.5 19.3
2021-22 MIN 70 34 43.8 35.8 78.4 0.9 4.0 4.8 3.8 2.3 1.5 2.7 0.7 21.1
Total 142 33 42.8 34.4 78.0 0.8 3.9 4.7 3.4 2.0 1.3 2.4 0.6 20.2

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