Syracuse fans with even a modicum of cranial capacity will remember Jonny Flynn’s first-ever game in an Orange uniform: 28 points and 9 assists vs. Siena back in ‘07, setting a record for points scored in a Syracuse debut. Well, last night was Jonny’s first game as a Minnesota Timberwolf, and while he did not quite set any records, he did lead the team in scoring (18 points) and lead them to a win over New Jersey. Now, sometimes one says “he led them to a win” when one means “they won and he was the leading scorer”. But in this case, Jonny really did take over the fourth quarter and lead the T-Wolves to victory. Minnesota was down by 16 with about 7 minutes remaining. But they ended the game on a 24-6 run, and Jonny had 11 of his 18 points in that run. From the AP game story:
Flynn was relentless in taking the ball to the basket in the final period. He either scored on his drives to the hoop or wound up at the foul line, where he made 8 of 10 free throws in the game.
“Can’t be scared of anything,” said Flynn, who is generously listed at 6-foot. “Especially a little guy like me. All we have is a big heart.”
Jonny only shot 5-13 from the floor (no threes attempted) and also tallied 4 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals on the game. He looks like he is even stronger than he was last year, but also looks weird without the headband:
Most of the rest of the ‘Cuse contingent in the NBA was in action last night as well. Jason Hart did not play for Minnesota. Carmelo led Denver with 30 points, and also had 8 rebounds and 5 assists as the Nugs held off the Jazz. And Etan Thomas and Donte Greene squared off, such as it was, as Oklahoma City hosted Sacramento. Etan played 18 minutes, contributing 2 points, one rebound, one steal and one blocked shot; Donte got on the floor for 3:37 and missed his only shot attempt. Hak Warrick will make his Bucks debut tonight as they open their season in Philadelphia.