Grizzlies rout Timberwolves 124-96 to tie series at 1 apiece
Ja Morant scored 23 points and handed out 10 assists as the Memphis Grizzlies looked much more like the team that posted the NBA’s second-best record, routing the Minnesota Timberwolves 124-96 to even up their first-round Western Conference series at 1 apiece.
Timberwolves stun Grizzlies, grab Game 1 with 130-117 win
Anthony Edwards scored 36 points in his postseason debut, and the seventh-seeded Minnesota Timberwolves stunned the No. 2 seed Memphis Grizzlies 130-117 to grab home-court advantage in the opener of their first-round Western Conference series.
Hayward finding success in more prominent role with Hornets
Charlotte Hornets forward Gordon Hayward, left, looks to pass against Minnesota Timberwolves forward Jaden McDaniels during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Friday, Feb. 12, 2021. Hayward took the road less traveled this offseason when he opted out of his contract with the high-profile Celtics and chose to come to Charlotte to take on a more prominent role and the opportunity to help build a young Hornets team into a playoff contender. When the Hornets need a basket in the fourth quarter, they often defer to Hayward. “It seems like yesterday that I was these guys — I was the young guy,” Hayward said with a laugh. Hayward said his sole focus is on helping the Hornets end a four-year playoff drought.
Potential 2020 NBA Draft picks for Miami Heat
In an NBA season unlike any other, the Miami Heat exceeded all expectations and bulldozed through the Eastern Conference before losing to the Los Angeles Lakers in six games in the NBA Finals. Erik Spoelstra’s squad has the 20th pick in Wednesday’s 2020 NBA Draft, and they have a bevy of options to explore in their position outside of the lottery. Target #1: Theo Maledon – guard, ASVEL/FranceThe Heat are renowned for its player development program, turning undrafted players like Kendrick Nunn, Derrick Jones Jr. and Robinson into excellent NBA players. Taking this into account, guard Theo Maledon is a player the Heat should keep an eye on. Green is an ideal fit for the modern NBA game, and would be seamlessly integrated into the Heat rotation at the wing forward position.themiamihurricane.com