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Weak_Grand_2858

Go red birds


Michauxonfire

inconsistent reffing in the 4th quarter, bad defense from the Wolves along with the dumbest shots and ISOs every from the Wolves. Memphis didn't shy from coming back. Ja is nigh unstoppable and Brandon Clarke is a human pogo stick. Rebounding is incredibly important in winning games.


DivineCaveot

This game would have been different if the Grizzlies could hit free throws in the first half.


Personal_Quantity_55

OH MY GOD JUST SAW JA DUNK HOLY FUCKING GOD. ​ sorry just needed to get that out.


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Justenderme

It’s ridiculous. He runs in uncontrollably and gets a call while he brings a defender down.


DJ_VanillaThunder

Yeah dude it's absolutely nuts that the #1 paint scorer in the league draws a lot of fouls


UltraMoglog64

Y’know, people keep saying this, ignoring that it’s a lot more likely for him to get points in the paint after all those ticky-tack fouls called against his defenders. If they’re terrified to touch him, he’s incentivized to drive. It’s not black and white. Ja’s an insane talent, but this is a silly and shortsighted regurgitation of a take.


Justenderme

Just stop. There is a difference between splitting the defense and getting to the rim. He just charges through and gets bailed out by a ref or an offensive rebound. The 4th was a perfect example tonight. If you say otherwise you’re just a stan


DookyRL

I love Ja, but you are 100% on the money. In close games his ONLY game plan is run 100mph at the rim and hope he gets a foul call. There were no less than a dozen of those tonight and on half of them he had an open shooter in the corner. It’s not good basketball and it’s hopefully something he’ll figure out, because I have a feeling his team being 12-1 without him is because they had a pass first point guard running their late games.


Chef_Ibaka

Relax gentleman, Mr. Vanilla Thunder is right


One_Security_4545

NBA needs to stop calling that ffs


tylersixxfive

MEMPHIS MEMPHIS MEMPHIS MEMPHIS MEMPHIS MEMPHIS!!! EVERYTHING MEMPHIS


stadiumseating

the most beautiful land in the world


sorkinsucks

*brutiful


One_Security_4545

I hate Minnesota as much as the next guy but cmon, that late foul, on Ja was weak af. He's the one that slipped. That should be a turnover.


lackdueprocess

Why do you and the next guy hate Minnesota?


One_Security_4545

cause fuck minnesota


lackdueprocess

Thank you for verifying me assumption.


DookyRL

Pat Bev and KAT are very unlikeable and they are the most outspoken guys there


One_Security_4545

And I'm from Wisconsin so fuck everything Minnesota.


Magazine_Mediocre

He also pushed Pat Bev out of bounds and they called it out on us but it is what it is


iHateRedditors244

I swear people make up in their heads what they wanna see, it was 100% a flop Patrick bev is a bitch


bluestomb

Pat Bev flopped.


Magazine_Mediocre

It was a blatant push, even the neutral TNT announcers saw it but okay dude.


LandooooXTrvls

MEM had 39 attempts near the rim and 39 FTA MIN had 26 attempts near the rim and 24 FTA. This game was evenly called by the refs. The refs aren’t the reason Min lost this game. MIN (and 4th qtr Ja) are the reason why they lost this game. Edit - all negative comments are coming from MIN. I have no stakes in this game but it’s hilarious to see how upset y’all are Awooo😭


iHateRedditors244

Thank you, Minnesota fans are just upset that they are still irrelevant


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LandooooXTrvls

I’m not clowning them for being excited.. I didn’t start clowning them until they began blaming the refs for this loss, and attacking me, instead of blaming their soft team.


lackdueprocess

Rebounding lost the game for the Wolves.


Waste-Worth-1047

It's not just what's called. It's what's not called. They were grabbing the shit out of Memphis all game and the refs were just letting them get away with it.


bluestomb

Good take honestly. Minnesota settles for more jumpers so they get less fouls from drives. Simple basketball honestly.


LandooooXTrvls

Word. Both KAT and Reed (sp?) from MIN are like the 2 biggest dudes on the court and they both were settling for outside shots. It’s amazing how people are so up in arms that there’s a free throw discrepancy.


Waste-Worth-1047

Because the refs were allowing the Grizz's to basically shove them around underneath.


LandooooXTrvls

Sounds like a terrible excuse and if that truly was the case then y’all are soft.. no disrespect


Waste-Worth-1047

So you're against the game of basketball being played with a predefined set of rules I guess.


forzaNYC

Their anguses are peppered, there’s no doubt about it


LandooooXTrvls

I did not expect so much salt! I didn’t think I was saying anything controversial tbh


hatethenate

Tell me you didn’t watch the game and only looked at the box score without telling me you didn’t watch the game and only looked at the box score.


LandooooXTrvls

No. I watched the game. I looked at the stats afterward to see if there was any validity to the tears.. but no Awooo 😭


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Michauxonfire

and JJJ trucking Vando after KAT got a foul for trucking JJJ. Refs were very friendly to Memphis. but that's not the single reason for the loss.


LandooooXTrvls

They missed that call. One missed call is not the reason MIN lost. Edit - I have a question for your friend. Do you not think pat bev should’ve been tech’d for bumping into the ref mark Jones? Banes got t’d for touching a coach. The point is, we can go back and forth with this. The game was as consistently called as possible. You live by the three and you die by it… MIN didn’t deserve this win.


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LandooooXTrvls

I can’t speak for the series homie. But if this game is similar to how y’all tend to play then I can understand a discrepancy in FTA. Y’all settled for jumpers like crazy in this game. Pat bev was the most aggressive in the paint for y’all and I think that’s a problem.


_Wash

Garbage take


TheFinnisher

Gg Grizz bros. Tough ass game the whole way. Wolves played their heart out and Ja showed why he's a future face of the league, as did Ant. Great game, hope for another butthole clincher in game 6. At least that'll mean the Wolves competed and played hard all the way through against a 2 seed gunning for a championship


One_Security_4545

KAT hides in the shadows of the biggest moments


forzaNYC

He hit some huge late-game threes. I’m confused by this take.


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Imallvol7

I do not get the KAT hate. Dude is the reason we can't play Adams and is the reason the rest of his team is always so open KAT draws the attention of three defenders every time he touches. He's the reason we are playing so bad.


One_Security_4545

Whatd he do in the last 3 minutes?


ModernJazz-2K20

Both of these teams play some of the dumbest basketball I've seen. Good game though.


CellyAllDay

I don’t think either fans of these teams would disagree lol


DivineCaveot

I know like Dillon Brooks shooting 1-10 from three. This man needs to take a hint and pass the rock.


CellyAllDay

Yeah and I was screaming at the TV saying cover Desmond Bane and let Brooks shoot whatever he wants


DivineCaveot

A solid strategy tbh.


new_skool91

Mane, these folk out in front of the Forum lit AF!


TheFinnisher

Gg man


new_skool91

This is a heckuva series! Hope this is just the first of many good ones!


TheFinnisher

Just will be thankful for making playoffs twice in two years lol, you guys gunning for a championship and were just trying to figure things out. Hope for more like this in the years to come. Enjoy your team's good times and don't take it for granted for me brother


tt4nt

Can’t blame the refs when down the line the wolves just go to iso and you got KAT hiding in the corner with guys like Tyus and banes guarding him. At least get in the paint and get a tip in since ant and dlo are jacking up contested shots in clutch time


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tt4nt

Fair or not they honestly had a good lead and even after KAT hit the 3 to shush the crowd. The plays after where they start iso and KAT becomes a corner 3 man was stupid. Ant took a lot of bad shots and DLO took possibly the worst bank shot. Than ANT gambled with a steal and no one stopped JA on the layup. Bad ref calls in the game but the wolves had plenty of chances to close out the game and made terrible decisions down the stretch.


JediArchitect

It’s consistent in its inconsistency, like my golf game. I’m just happy to be on the right side of it at the moment.


bluestomb

Yes


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TheGreatDingus

Which team is shooting the ball inside more


cam-pbells

No no no you’re supposed to just be results oriented and not actually take an objective look at the reasons behind a fact you’re peddling to r/nba.


TheGreatDingus

I have Memphis flair but I live in a part of the country that doesn’t really have a nearby team. I honestly like the Wolves just as much as I like the Grizzlies. Come on lol. Like can r/nba come on with that shit lmao. Grizzlies had literally 3x the amount of offensive rebounds than the Wolves, they shot the ball inside more than the wolves. Check the actual stats, watch the game without a biased eye. It was a great game that the refs blew whistles too much for both teams + one team was better than the other. It ain’t much more than that lmao.


new_skool91

Aye….can anybody write me a work statement for the rest of the week. Sports-induced angina. Thank you for your consideration. That’s my MIP though.


Janglewood

Yo wtf


princessxx93

If twolves want to win they need to beat the refs + grizzlies both. Its obvious to a neutral fan who the nba favors


ReasonableIsAbusive

I agree that they were against the Timberwolves this game but last game was just as bad against the grizzlies, so I'd call it even.


blarf_farker

NBA is pushing Ja Morant as the next face of the Association.


iHateRedditors244

I love the twolves salt keep it coming


lferreira86

Ant-Man was foolish on that play, but he will learn. I envision a future where we see those two guys, Edwards and Morant, having epic battles year in year out in the Western Conference as two of the biggest stars in the game. Today was a hell of an appetizer.


renegade_brink

Much respect for Ant, I hope to see it.


DRxFumbles

Where's Skip's crypt keeper lookin ass now


Gkirk87

No way the nba ratings could survive warriors wolves. They really need it to be grizz vs warriors because a lot of people want to tune in for that


Motor-Application661

Grizz won't lead the playoffs in free-throws in that series no matter how many times the coach cries


Romulox88

fair point. we might actually sneak the warriors too and then suns vs wolves would be a ratings disaster.


BiggsFaleur

Huffing copium here: Ant tried to steal because he subbed Ja would get a foul call regardless of if there actually was one so his one chance to win was too steal. Mad copium but just left me have this.


joocyjake

This is fairly reasonable actually.


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JA FUCKING MORANT!


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Romulox88

no this is very untrue. Rose was a MUCH better finisher around the basket and a better player on defense.


Noah-Buddy-I-Know

id like to rewatch that 4th qtr honestly, Min was in control all game, and the just couldn't stop the grizz's fianl run


Quality-Think1219

*Couldn't stop the refs final run. FTFY


Noah-Buddy-I-Know

Go rewatch the 4th, the only bad call was when bat bev got pushed. But grizz still made shots and min missed. Great game, I still think the wolves can win in 7 but they really needed this one.


hatethenate

They had to deal with some atrocious calls that kept the momentum with Memphis. Made mistakes but shouldn’t have even been close.


Noah-Buddy-I-Know

Just rewatched all the calls from the 4th, the main missed call was the pat bev push, but ultimately the game came down to Memphis hitting shots. Ja, bane, brooks all got huge 3s and Min made some ver poor decisions in regards to shot selection. Also grizz were +12 on the offensive glass and the wolves had 6 more TOs. Hard to win when the other team was 12 more possession than you.


Uhh_Devito

GG. I think the NBA needs to rethink the way they are gonna referee Ja Morant. Seems like there's no way to keep him off the line. See you in Minny for game 6


DeweysPants

If we’re in a position where individual players need to be officiated uniquely then all hope is lost


mjmilino

When your only offense in the half court is Ja barreling into the lane and hoping to get fouled…


One_Security_4545

Yeah that one late where he slipped into dude was weak af


trtryt

T-Wolves lets makes the games 3 periods long like Ice Hockey


Jon98th

Man they lost but what a play Minnesota drew for the three point tie. That play was a beauty Edit : typo


thesnuggyone

That pass 👀 fucking quality


JStanten

What’s the Wolves’ record when protestors disrupt the game vs when Towns shushes the crowd


CraigZee

3-0 with protesters 0-3 without


cam-pbells

All I know is they are 0-2 when Pat Bev does the too small motion.


mnsportsfan

Finch… bitch about the ref, get fined 15 grand… then have them in your pocket at home Recipe for success


iHateRedditors244

Cry


mnsportsfan

Haha just enjoy the win the league gives you pal. 39-24


iHateRedditors244

I’m loving the tears keep em coming


mjmilino

Just like your coach and entire fan base. You clearly don’t understand irony.


zprymate

Yes. Hopefully he does that. It seems to work. Coz Grizz will for sure bitch today also.


Uhh_Devito

Certainly seems that way


hatethenate

Refs call this even and the Wolves win by 15.


doublea08

guess you just gotta cry about the refs in a presser, my god.


P-Munny

15,000 fine gets you calls. Do that every time.


kingjakethegreat

They didn’t even make him work for that


FrostyDrink8834

Minnesota: land of 10,000 choke jobs


cubsplaya96

Hmmm as a cubs fan I seem to remember a pretty memorable choke job in 2016 by a Cleveland team hmmm


FrostyDrink8834

You’re right! Don’t ever claim you’re the most cursed team ever again.


cubsplaya96

My sympathies for “guardians” fans. Beat up on the white Sox for me this year.


Magazine_Mediocre

It hurts cause it's true.


haffnium

The Timberwolves need better coaching. The ball is not reaching KAT enough in crunch time and KAT shouldve been in the paint for the last play. They fell apart after Beverly fouled out.


Michauxonfire

nah, give it to D'lo for more ISO. Or Ant, since people thought that after a bad KAT game it was Ant's team lmao


renegade_brink

As many times as there have been guards on KAT, he needs to be in the post demanding the ball.


Dmalikhammer4

Ironically, yeah, Kat should've had those closing possessions. He was the only one making anything.


Magazine_Mediocre

They did their usual hero ball thing unfortunately. Ant iso 3 plays in a row killed us.


makeyourself101

What a great game. I’m glad the Grizz pulled it out though. Besides Ant, the twolves are so unlikable


princessxx93

The grizz look more unlikeable… babied by the refs and very boastful for a team that hasnt accomplished anything


makeyourself101

So were the twolves babied last game? 40 FT attempts vs 25. Refs are just not great sometimes… a lot of the time in the NBA. Pat bev is about 80% of the reason they’re easy to root against


cubsplaya96

Yeah except no one on the grizzlies is likeable


makeyourself101

I think Morant, Bane, and Jackson are but that’s my opinion!


adc28

If you dislike Vando I think you are a terrible person


makeyourself101

Vanderbilt’s cool. Forgot he was a starter


KlothysTheThicc

Who else do you really dislike? Besides the obvious ones.


makeyourself101

My bad. Vanderbilt’s alright too


KlothysTheThicc

I’m just asking haha. I don’t feel like our team is that unlikeable besides the obvious ones.


MasturbateN8

Coming from the team for early of Durant, Westbrook, and Harden.


Talls024

I don’t ever want to hear another word from the Grizz about refs . They were handed the fourth quarter on a platter. Pathetic.


Gnache

Yeah the calls in the 4th were god awful. But also that was some of the worst defensive rebounding I've ever seen on Minnesota's behalf


Talls024

Agree but it’s nice when you can crash for offensive rebounds with no regard for getting a foul.


Gnache

Yeah for sure


trtryt

Twolves also handed the 4th Q to them again


Talls024

29-19 fouls is complete bullshit, the agenda was insanely obvious.


TheRealSlumShedy

That collapse in Game 3 was mostly Wolves’ fault, but for this game? Refs motives were pretty clear.


Dmalikhammer4

Refs giveth, and Refs taketh. You have to pray Refs want this to go to seven and give you guys game 6.


KlothysTheThicc

Nothing gets Ja going like free throws baby! Unfortunate.


Damachine69

People complain about how many FT's JA gets, but we just saw what happens when you can't foul him. He just gets to the bucket with ease. It's the same story with Giannis and Embiid, the only way to stop them is to foul.


Magazine_Mediocre

No one fouled him though he just fell over like he always does.


shinkoh55

Except a lot of them weren’t fouls, he throws himself uncontrollably at the rim and gets the call


Soft-Comfort-7474

Looking forward to the meme from the Grizzlies IG


NoobChumpsky

Bad but entertaining basketball. Whoever comes out gets greased by the warriors.


smallyak49

1000 percent. Memphis does own the dubs so they might steal one, but sweep or gentleman sweep incoming in round 2 at the hands of the splash bros regardless of the opponent


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Honestly. You are correct.


Realistic_Camp5232

Ja ridiculous


thedinobot1989

Without the free throws he’s been ridiculously average this playoffs.


theeaglehasdeparted

Edwards and Morant are going to be fun to watch for the future


das_unicorn_got_band

Ja Morant having a real Westbrook of a game


eighty88888

Refs are atrocious


holycrapyoublow

It's zero integrity entertainment--not a real sport. Refs arbitrarily cheat to keep games artificially close or fix them for all the sleazy gambling that's going on. Half the overpaid players in the league don't even know how to dribble without traveling and it's never called. It's basically WWE wrestling.


quailrocket

Well if you set a precedent that a player can’t be touched I guess there’s only two possible outcomes. Uncontested layups or fouls. What a joke the refs just handing it on a silver platter to Ja


forzaNYC

Corny as fuck with that short-term amnesia as though the Wolves didn’t get 15 more FTs than the Grizzlies in game 4.


quailrocket

The grizzlies have 170 free throws to the wolves 142 so far this series bitch. Sorry last game wasn’t like all the others, you’re probably used to getting more foul calls than the other team every game cause the refs get busy sucking off Ja


forzaNYC

You mean to tell me the FT disparity is—GASP—54% to 46%?!?!?! Write your fucking Congressman about this scandal of the century!!!


Pikefish21

Oh be quiet you’ve had the ft advantage all but game four. The only thing corny here is you complaining about game 4 like you don’t have a 20 ft advantage on the season


kjasanchez

Lmao Wolves


materics

These young teams don't run any plays. It's scramble city.


Eli_TheGolfer7

Please for the love of all that is good just stay in from of Ja if you’re Ant. Dude does too much sometimes


SnooCupcakes8765

Minnesota has outplayed them this most of this series but made critical mistakes in the 4th


xxxIAmTheSenatexxx

Ant going for that steal undid his big shot


lazz-101

Was the crowd chanting “FUCK PATRICK”? Lmfaoo


JaroTheGreat

whoop that trick


RIPEOTCDXVI

Yeah but now they definitely have to start changing fuck patrick at these games


itsahmemario

Game 7 please


jasonltr

Lmao reminded me of this play by lebron https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4p3xWG3mkXE


Mauerbomb

Ant just play straight up defense and we’re going to OT. What the hell brother


scottie2haute

My favorite low IQ teams 😤


hehimCA

I think Bev being out cost them in the end.


chargingblue

Grizz came back because of horrible calls by the refs. Fact. Shit is rigged for Ja because the League knows he’s young and going to give them money for years.


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chargingblue

Good argument. Tell me it’s false. It ain’t. RIP Lakers.


bart0astt

probably shouldn't have won that game


BillyBronco69

Refs with the gift for y’all tho :)


iusedtogotodigg

I actually hate the NBA. Too much power in refs hands.


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Its the same in all sports. Doesn't matter how much we say that we still watch it.


MasturbateN8

Refs gave Memphis the win, simple as that. Coaches can't say it but I will. Why college will ALWAYS be better than the NBA.


holycrapyoublow

Too many conflicts of interest with all the legalized gambling going on. Zero integrity.


fishydrake49

dude college officiating this year was the absolute worst thing i have ever witnessed. NBA is bad, yeah, Ja tonight perfect example. but college refs these past few years have been on another level of awful


MasturbateN8

Yeah just bad in general, not clearly favoring one team or player. I'll take that any day over favoritism.


SuckMyyDirk41

Ah yes even worse refs and players.


MasturbateN8

I'd rather have them just be bad than bias.


HamOnRye__

Happens just as much in college ball


MasturbateN8

It might, but not as blatant.


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