A recap will follow, but the big storyline of the night was the Wolves' complete collapse on the defensive boards and their inability to hold on to the damn ball.
Toronto was able to force the Wolves into 24 turnovers while grabbing 16 offensive rebounds. That's 40 extra chances to score a bucket. This led to the Raptors having 26 more FGA (!!!) than the Wolves along with 32 points off of turnovers.
Rick enjoys finely leathered chairs with brassy knobs and solid back support.
Grown men can wear hoodies.
If you watch closely during Kevin Love's drive to the hoop against the Israeli squad, you can see him complain to the refs about a non-call...during a pre-season game...against a EL team. Somewhere, Kobe smiled.
Nobody really knows how Brandon Roy's knees will play out during the season.
Adelman thinks that Nikola Pekovic was the team's best player in camp.
It's a nice little video that is well worth your time. Hopefully we'll see more of these from the team in the future.
The Raptors will not have much time to dwell on this loss as they are back at it again this evening against the Timberwolves at the ACC.
Here are an abbreviated version of the three keys to the game:
1. Take Advantage of Love's Absence:
The Timberwolves All-Star power forward will be out for the next few weeks after injuring himself allegedly doing knuckle pushing - yes, knuckle pushups. This means that the less experienced Derrick Williams will be staring in his place and this is something the Raptors can take full advantage of.
Andrea Bargnani will have a significant height advantage against Williams and should look to exploit it at every opportunity. Bargnani had an efficient 6 of 12 shooting night against the Nets, but took a backseat to DeRozan and Lowry. Look for him to be very aggressive from the outset against the T'Wolves.
2. Lock Down Barea:
I know that it sounds silly for this to be a key when playing a team that possesses other offensive weapons like Andre Kirilenko and Brandon Roy, but J.J Barea is a serious threat - perhaps their biggest with both Rubio and Love out - offensively.
In their first and only game of the season against the Kings, Barea came off of the bench to score 21 points in 28 minutes and essentially lead the team to a victory. If the Dinos are going to come away with a win tonight, stopping Barea is going to have to be a priority. This may mean more minutes for John Lucas III at that backup point guard spot.
3. Overcome the Fatigue:
The Raptors are facing their first back-to-back of the season, while the Timberwolves are nice and rested, having only played one game which came back on Friday night.
This will be an interesting test to see how the team will respond in back-to-back situations. thus far, their energy level has been a big factor in how well they play. If they can keep it up, a win against a short-handed 'Wolves squad is likely, if not, things could get ugly at the ACC.