In front of a good turnout at the Air Canada Center, the Toronto Raptors failed to walk away with the win Wednesday night. The Raptors dropped their home preseason opener to the Minnesota Timberwolves 101-89. The Timberwolves proved to be too much for the Raptors as they outworked and out-muscled them on the boards. Kevin Love led the way for Minnesota with 20 points and nine rebounds, while Demar DeRozan chipped in 17 points for the Raptors. DeRozan was very effective tonight, shooting the ball at a high percentage.
Here are a few more notes from the game:
- Rudy Gay poured in 11 points for the Raptors. He had a tough time from the floor, shooting only 2-7. He did however go 7-8 from the free throw line.
- The Timberwolves bench got it done tonight, scoring 49 of the team's points. The Raptors bench scored 37, led by Tyler Hansbrough who had nine points and seven rebounds.
- Steve Novak saw his first preseason action for the Raptors, knocking down three shots from beyond the arc.
- The Raptors were more disciplined with the ball, but still lost the turnover battle 14 to 10.
Guards Julyan Stone and Carlos Morais and forwards Chris Wright and Austin Daye got little playing time for the Raptors. Quincy Acy and Aaron Gray didn't see any minutes at all. After two games, we are getting an idea of a rotation Coach Dwane Casey wants to go with. Not much shuffling around is expected throughout the rest of the preseason.
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