The Toronto Raptors are feeling confident, healthy and ready to start the playoffs, and after their win Tuesday night win in Minneapolis against the Minnesota Timberwolves, the only thing missing is a team to play against.
The Raptors ended their regular season with a120-100 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves. Kawhi Leonard, who scored 20 points on Tuesday night commented on the win stating,
“I think all of us want to win, get to that promised land. That’s a great group of guys here that are unselfish, want to win, want to play defence, want to do the right things on the floor.”
Also having a big night was Fred VanVleet with 16 points, and Chris Boucher had 15 points and a career-high 13 rebounds. The Toronto Raptors wrapped up their season with 58 wins and 24 losses and are second seeded in the Eastern Conference playoffs and will face either the Orlando Magic, Detroit Pistons or the Brooklyn Nets in the first round of the playoffs. Speaking on their successful season, Fred VanFleet stated,
“Since I’ve been in the league these last three years, we’ve been one of the top teams in the league, top teams in the East. There’s a lot that comes with that. You should take pride in that.”
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Minnesota’s Gorgui Dieng and Andrew Wiggins both scored 16 points on a night when the Timberwolves were without Karl-Anthony Towns. It was Dieng’s first start since mid-April and was the acting replacement for Towns who sat out due to a sore knee. Dieng commented that starting from the bench or playing from it doesn’t matter. He added,
” “I just want to play and help the team. I think it’s good that I get to use this playing time.”
The Toronto Raptors scored twenty points during the final five minutes of the second quarter to put them up 69-47 by the midway point. The lead put the Minnesota Timberwolves in a serious deficit that saw them never getting within fifteen points and at one point, Toronto led by 32 points in the third and fourth quarter. Commenting on the domination, Ryan Saunders, coach for the Timberwolves said,
“I looked at little things and after that big second quarter from Toronto, we started trying to, ‘OK, let’s win the next quarter,’ and we did. We won the first quarter, so those were positives to us. But ultimately, we didn’t do enough things to be in the game at the end.”
Raptor Chris Boucher, who previous best showing was nine points against the Orlando Magic scored eleven points in the second quarter. The Saint Lucian native was awarded the G-League Most Valuable Player and Defensive Player of the Year before being signed by the Golden State Warriors before signing as a free agent with the Raptors. At 26, the forward said,
“I just want to play. When you get in the game, play hard, good things happen.”
Last night’s win was Toronto’s 26th of the season on the road, and was an impressive performance considering both Serge Ibaka and Kyle Lowry took the night of to rest in preparation of the upcoming playoffs. While the playoff schedule has yet to be released, NBA punters are well-poised to register with leading sportsbooks such as Sports Interaction, who will, when registering a new player account, reward punters with up to $125 in signup bonuses. Register today and prepare for the NBA playoffs.