Toronto Raptors Game Report (October 24)

By: Joseph Peisich

Friday, October 26, 2018

Would you look at that! Jimmy Butler and Kyle Lowry showed up at a highschool OSBA (Ontario Scholastic Basketball Association)  game Tuesday in Toronto. Father Henry Carr Prep & Rise Prep faced off against one another in an intense battle looking to show these NBA superstars how much talent is in Canada. It was a fast, strong and energetic game with Coach Paul Melnik’s (FHC)Crusaders coming out on top with a 128-123 win.  That’s not to say the Rise didn’t earn some respect on that court . Both coaches, Melnik and Rise Prep coach Jeremie Kayeye are grooming some future NBA draft picks for sure.

The Timberwolves travelled up north looking hungry. With their pack leader Andrew Wiggins sitting this one out it was up to to the rest of the pack to step up their game and show they can win with or without him.

Fun Fact: This is the second time Andrew Wiggins has sat out..in his career! Being drafted #1 overall in 2014- that’s 327 games and has started every one of them.

The Raptors get a head start from Danny Green hitting a three-pointer looking calm, cool and collective. There hasn’t been much talk about Danny Green and his new role with the Raptors since the trade. Green has only averaged 8.8pts ppg throughout his career (2009-2018)but with only playing 5 games with the Raptors is now averaging 10.4 ppg.

A few minutes later Kawhi Leonard drives to the net with a beautiful finger roll and then a fade away jump shot distancing the Raps from the Wolves[11-4]. I can’t help but think he has a lot to do with Toronto playing so well and starting the season with a 5-0 start. Leonard is averaging 28 ppg. Tonight’s efforts included 35pts, 5reb & 2ast. I think they may be changing the spelling of Canada to “Kanada”.

The Timberwolves didn’t catch up until Jimmy ”The Truth Hurts” Butler assisted Derrick Rose on back-to-back 3pt shots[39-35] in the 2nd quarter. The Wolves maintained a close chase until the clock hit zero at the end of the 4th. The fans looked as if they were getting nervous-as if they might not  continue this golden streak.

How could I not mention Jonas Valanciunas hitting yet another shot from downtown[83-74]. You can’t leave him alone beyond the arc anymore! He will make those shots more often than not. Gorgui Dieng had left about 10ft between him and Jonas but hadn’t again for the rest of the game.

Jimmy Butler didn’t quit, even when his buddy Kyle Lowry was guarding him. He hit about every shot possible tonight hoping to keep Minnesota’s hopes alive. Butler finished with 23pts, 4reb, 5ast & 6stl! Attitude or not Butler is the most versatile player on this  Timberwolves team.

Raptors 112-105 Timberwolves

Next Game: The Toronto Raptors host another home game( 5th this season) vs the Dallas Mavericks.  It will be a treat to watch rookies Luka Doncic and the “Greek Freaks” younger brother Kostas Antetokounmpo who is looking to make a name for himself in this league. This is a young team looking to rebuild and to get a win over the #1 team in the East will give them some confidence they might be lacking.