Monday March 22 2010 – 9:42pm Central - Minneapolis, MN 

Raptors @ Timberwolves

Final Score:
100-90, Raptors (Toronto now 35-34)

“Smith and Jones” Player of the Game:
ANDREA BARGNANI
19 points
7 rebounds
4 assists
2 steals
9/17 FG

“Alice Fazoolis” Player of the Game:
CHRIS BOSH
21 points
10 rebounds
7/13 FG
7/9 FT

Shout-out to the Timberwolves:
AL JEFFERSON
22 points
7 rebounds
2 steals
9/16 FG
4/4 FT

Stats that stood out:
- Points in the Paint:  36-36
- 2nd Chance Points:  18-12, Toronto
- Fast Break Points:  14-13, Toronto
- TOR wins a 3rd quarter (32-23) for only the 3rd time since the all star break
- Bosh registered his 44th double-double of the season (a career high)
- Jonny Flynn tied a career high with 10 FT attempts (8 for 10)

Thumbs Up:
- Toronto has now won 12 straight against the Timberwolves

Thumbs Down:
- Toronto didn’t match the intensity and energy in the 4th quarter that they had in the 3rd … coughing up 32 points to the Timberwolves

Smith Says:
- “The bench was huge tonight … as Antoine Wright (13), Sonny Weems (13) and Jarrett Jack combined for 35 points and gave the team a big lift.”

Jones Says:
- “Good third quarter energy and offensive execution down the stretch in 4th as well.”

Keep the 3-ball Streak Alive (928 games and counting):
- The Raptors were 6 of 20 from 3PT range

Next game:
- Jazz @ Raptors – Wednesday March 24 2010 – 7:00pm Eastern
- Tune in just after 7:00pm for the “Pizza Pizza” starting line ups

* Missed the post-game show?  You can check it out right here:

[audio:http://pmd.fan590.com/audio_on_demand/TheRap-es-20100322.mp3]

9 Responses to “Raptors Win In Minny”
  1. 1.

    Is jose the worst defensive pg in nba history?

    gotta be top 10

    - Jose Hater
  2. 2.

    hey brento, further to my point yesterday, imagine what this team would be like if each of the “big 3″ just performed at a level we should consider their average potential night, but all together:

    Bosh 25 and 10 (just a touch high)
    Bargnani 15 and 8 (he’d have to care about rebounding)
    Turk 15 and 7

    You can argue that this is aggressive but possible. What if they could put it together when you know what the combination of Jarrett and Jose give you, Amir, Sonny, DD etc

    There`s the season long rub; energy, desire, consistancy game in and game out. There`s no excuse EVER for a 7 footer to have less than a 10 and 5 game barring injury imo

    If they can take one of the next two games, they are set up for the important next two which will decide playoff seating.

    - Gary
  3. 3.

    Jose hater, I don`t have a lot bad to say about Calderone but it was Jarrett who was on the floor when the Timberwolves clawed back to make a game of it in the 4th Q. Both PG have their pros and cons. MY opinion is that JJ makes the better starter when we need offense to not fall into a quick hole but we tried that.

    What I don`t like about Jose is his insistance on running back to bring the ball up the floor and set in the half court. Whatever happened to whoever had the ball, move it up the floor by QUICKLY PASSING and creating some fast break points…my bet is we are in the bottom of fast break points when Jose is on the floor.

    His real strength is protecting a lead and slowing things down when they need to be, as he generally protects the ball well with few turnovers. Even that has been a struggle lately.

    Bottom line is we need both out PG healthy and contributing. Remember it was Jose`s fine play that got Amir going and fans fired up about his play off the bench for so many games.

    - Gary
  4. 4.

    Gary…I commend you for your optimism, but I’m a “Show Me State” kind of guy. We’ve all seen this before…heck, we saw it for six weeks earlier this season.

    It’s not about a solid game, or week…or month. It’s about performing in critical, must win games (ie. late season or playoff games). The type of games where both sides are desperate to win.

    I don’t have to go on about the last two games and the type of opposition they faced. Late in the season, those two teams are clearly “checked out”. I find no solace in either win. I mean, when you’re a .500 team (which I believe the Raps are), you’re going to win half your games, right?

    I’ve said it all year; I’ll say it again. The regular season doesn’t matter to the good teams. For them, it’s ALL about playoff wins and playoff series wins. It’s about achieving and exceeding preseason objectives and goals.

    This team clearly has one player who gives a legit effort every night…well, not counting the “role” players like Jack and Amir, who bust their butts, too, on most nights. But, on the “money” guys, Bosh is the only one who comes even close to giving everything he has.

    I mean, when was the last time you saw sweat pouring down Turk or Bargs’ face?

    Never?

    - brento.
  5. 5.

    Big wins over the Nets and the Wolves; two powerhouses in the league. Looks like the Raps are peaking just in time for the playoff run…lol.
    Ever like that we’re in the movie “Groundhog Day”, like we’re talking about the things that the team has to do to win over and over since last season?
    Yet, nothing gets done.

    - Mr.Curious
  6. 6.

    for once I am agreeing with the always negative Brento ….for this team to have a chance at winning Bargs and Turk have to play like they are worth 10million dollars! However for the first time all season I actually saw Turk getting the ball at the top of the key early in the shot clock against the wolves in the last quarter and the Raps went to that exclusively in the final minutes and Turk delivered the right play every time. That was the first time all season he actually looked like the Turk of last season Orlando Magic playoff team! He was getting the ball at the top of the key with about 20 seconds on the shot clock and he was driving and dishing or hitting the open shot …. if it took the Raptors coaches this long to figure out what is the best way to use Turks ability than the only one to blame is TRIANO!

    - Neil
  7. 7.

    Well brento, I hate to sya it, but I agree with you almost entirely.

    Weird, Huh?

    All I will say is that good teams are happy with a post season appearence. That’s what the Raps are, a good team. They have the pieces for greatness. they just have to bring all together, and I think they can if they stay the same.

    Contrary to what was said on air yesterday, I think the Raps are better if they sign Bosh for the forseeable future, as opposed to staying the same. The more time this team stays together, the better they will be together. Look at the Llakers, Jazz, Spurs and the previous generation of Pistons.

    You’ve heard it here first folks, the Raptors destined for greatness if Bosh stays.

    - T.J.
  8. 8.

    T.J How do you even compare this Raps team to ANY laker team or Jazz / spurs team? Let me give you a just a few names to explain why you are so off – Phil Jackson, Greg Popovich and Jerry Sloan – ALL NBA HALL OF FAMERS! Lets dig a little deeper (just a little) Kobe – Tim Duncan/ Parker – Deron Williams! I rest my case you really need to rethink the whole destined for greatness thing. I dont care if the this Raptors team plays together for 10years they will never be in the same category as those teams you mentioned…NEVER! Lets just try and focus on one playoff series win first!

    Now I will just wait for Brento to go in on your foolish comments.

    - Neil
  9. 9.

    OK, Neil. Here I go:

    I agree completely with TJ. This Raptors is 100% destined for greatness. A future HOFer in Bosh, teamed up with future AllStars Bargnani and Calderon, along with a star in Turkoglu.

    And with teams like Cleveland, Orlando and Atlanta fading fast in the East, it looks as though our franchise is looking at a string of NBA Finals appearances.

    Neil, you are flat out wrong. Chris Bosh IS Tim Duncan. Jay Triano IS Phil Jackson. And Jose Calderon IS Tony Parker.

    I just called up my sales rep and ordered my playoff tickets . And, I also reupped for next season’s seats, too.

    I am SO stoked!

    - brento.
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