ALike his brother Juancho in Boston, Willy Hernangmez has shown that it has a gap in the rotation of the Pelicans this season. The player has earned a place in the plans of the new coach of the Louisiana team, Willie Green, who included the oldest of the Hernangmez in the starting five of the New Orleans franchise, who was defeated in his first preseason game (117-114) disputed before Minnesota Timberwolves.
A clash marked by the defensive display of the Wolves as a whole in the second quarter, which closed with a partial 40-17 which ultimately turned out to be definitive despite the Pelicans’ efforts in the second half. Trey Murphy had a desperate shot to try to force the extension with 1.3 seconds to go, but his shot was blocked by McKinley Wright, leaving the victory in Minnesota.
D’Angelo Russell was the best in the Timberwolves with 19 points and five assists, while Karl-Anthony Towns went to 15 points and seven rebounds on a team that had up to four players with double digits in scoring.
The former Barça player Leo Bolmaro debut in an NBA game and did so coming off the bench to score two points and distribute an assist in nine minutes of play.
For the Pelicans the best scorer was Nickeil Alexander-Walker with 22 points, while Trey Murphy stayed at 21 and Brandon Ingram at 14, being the three players on Willie Green’s team to break the 10-point barrier.
Willy Hernangmez He played 15 minutes and was heavily burdened by the five personal fouls he committed during the match. During the time he was on the court, the Spaniard scored two points (one of three in field goals) and grabbed four rebounds, three of them defensive.