I was not enjoying the limelight Willy Hernangómez in the rotation of the Pelicans, with little participation in the first games of the season, until the starting center Jonas Valanciunas decided to swell with fouls in the match against the Minnesota Timberwolves (96-110) and remove the Spanish from ostracism.
It was then that the manager of New Orleans, Willie green, gave the opportunity to Willy to prove himself worthy of this position ahead of Jaxson hayes. And it was not bad for the Louisianans, since the oldest of the Hernangomez finished the duel as the top scorer of his franchise, with a double-double (19 points and 11 rebounds) that consolidates him as a substitute for the Lithuanian pivot, beating his best mark of this season.
Willy Hernangómez played 22 minutes as reserve and scored 8 of 9 field shots and 3 out of 4 from the staff line. He also captured eight defensive rebounds, recovered one ball and lost two in what was his fourth game this season, second with the Pelicans, but first under the guidance of the rookie coach Green.
Double-double for @ willyhg94 with @PelicansNBA
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Dominion of the Wolves
But the game was dominated by the Wolves, with Karl-Anthony Towns comfortably mastering possessions without rushing. The American-Dominican pivot got 28 points and 10 rebounds in the fourth consecutive win for the Minnesota Timberwolves.
The escort Anthony Edwards reappeared in the second half, and power forward Jarred Vanderbilt, who entered the game with an average of five points, equaled his best record of the season with 16 points scored and 11 rebounds.
3-16 for New Orleans
Apart from Willy, the only asset of the Pelicans it was Nick Alexander-Walker, who added 14 points to compensate for the power forward’s poor production Brandon ingram, who scored 2 of 13, including 1 of 7 from triples, and finished the game with nine tallies and six turnovers.
“The team did not compete tonight and I am responsible”said Willie Green, after getting the 16th loss in this start of the regular league and see his position as coach of the Pelicans jeopardized.