Toronto Raptors vs Minnesota Timberwolves

Jan 31 2018

By: Veronica Harris

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Is the blood moon tonight or was it last night?...Because, these Wolves we’re howling and Butler is back baby! I love Jimmy Butler. 

The Timberwolves played Monday night vs Atlanta, losing 105-100. Getting into Toronto at 2:00am was late, but The Pack knows that there are no excuses. They needed to bring the energy to Toronto in the second game of a back-to-back and that’s exactly what they did!

The Toronto Raptors have won 13 straight at home vs the Timberwolves, looking to make it 14 in their final matchup of the regular season.  The Raptors needed to be tough and rebound the ball in order to get that win.

Jump Ball.

Despite a nifty pass to Jonas Valancuinas in the paint, DeRozan had a slow start - throwing up an air ball and some misses.

Powell stepped up and hit a three with 3:13 to play in the first – this seemed to be the catalyst in finally getting the Raptors fired up. Wiggins then answered with back-to-back bank shots. He was smiling while running back down the court making it 27-19 for the Wolves at the break.

The Raptors closed the gap to 6pts, 57-51 Timberwolves at the half.

In the second, Fred VanVleet checks in - coming off of a career high 25pts Sunday night vs the Lakers and immediately pulls up and hits two.

Mr. Serge Ibaka of The Raps had a fantastic game - particularly from mid-range. Serge finished with 15pts, 6reb, 3ast. They may not be the most impressive stats, but he definitely came through and lifted the Raptors when needed.

Further into the game, Lowry takes a charge, giving the Wolves an offensive foul. Lowry being number one in the NBA for charges with a total of 26 this season will definitely benefit the Raptors and will be key come playoffs.

Okay, yes, “Raptors Superfan”, Nav Bhatia is fine, but in the third when DeRozan saved a ball and Lowry raced to the bucket for an “and 1”, Lowry in full adrenaline pushed Nav down back into his seat. To me, this isn’t funny or okay. Let’s respect our fans who pay money to see you play. Lowry didn’t even acknowledge Nav in the moment..

(Back to Ball)

The game finally came alive in the 4th. Norm Powell comes in with the Superman dunk tying it at 80-80 for the first time in the game. The Raptors then took their first lead one minute later with Pascal Siakam at the line, 83-82 Raptors. The Raps had energy in the fourth and you could tell they were hungry for this win and it paid off.

Toronto will head to the USA’s Capital Thursday night with tip off @ 7:00pm.  The Wizards will be without John Wall due to knee surgery, but don’t count them out. They’ll wave their wands in hand and make magic happen.

Don’t forget today is BELL LET’S TALK day. Head over to https://letstalk.bell.ca/en/ for more information. Let’s get rid of the mental health stigma and let everyone know they are not alone.

Raptors 109-104 Timberwolves.