Tuesday, February 7, 2023

Timberwolves crush Raptors’ morale

The Raptors took another hit from Minnesota, luring the Canadian team into a negative loop that they can’t get out of no matter what they do. group of nick nurse with his mental strength was severely affected, was almost always dominant, reaching up to 18 points in the middle of the second quarter (40–58), but without the Wolves Karl-Anthony Towns in Rudy Gobert-tied in the last five minutes and Fred VanVleet, Surrounded by transfer rumors, he made a fatal foul D’Angelo Russell With 10 seconds to go that point guard didn’t miss to finish the game and sink the Raptors (128-126), who were already waltzing away from the play-ins.

VanVleet still scored 25 points on 7/13 shooting and 10 assists, behind Scotty Barnes with 29 points and 11/15 shooting. Siakam’s inconsistent performance attracted attention somewhat irregularly With only 13 goals for the Cameroonian in recent games -6/16 shooting-, in addition to 9 assists and 7 rebounds. juancho Hernan Gomez He recorded 2 goals (1/3 shots), 4 rebounds and 1 steal in 12 minutes against his former team.

Forward continues to fulfill the role demanded of him nick nurse but longing for success beyond the perimeter, this time with 0/2 and 27.6% for the season. In Minnesota, Russell himself stood out with 25 points—5/10 in triples—and Anthony Edwards, TC, stood out with 5/16.

The defeat only adds to the indecision in the offices of the Raptors, who are torn between trying to revive the market or, well, breaking up with everything – regardless of one of the ring’s ‘heroes’ of 2019. Without-, and start again. Beyond VanVleet and Gary Trent Jr.—who are the focus of the rumors—Shams Charania even said that Siakam could be considered for a move.

Importance Emotional In the franchise and in the Cameroonian city it is huge what can be achieved between players and draft ‘picks’ all Star, At full maturity—28 years old—and with his career-best numbers, 25 points, 8.2 rebounds and 6.4 assists.

Siakam enters ahead of Edwards Abby Parr / Associated Press

The reality is that, little by little, Toronto is becoming more unsustainable, and direct access to the play-off Eleventh with 20-26 (43.5% wins) with the Heat in the sixth and final place of the non-stop ticket with 25-21 (54.3%). And they don’t have as much margin for error because those in tenth place — the last of the play-ins — Bull, They are with 21-24 (46.7%). In addition he took one more minute in the spotlight As one of the starting players on the court with almost 36 of OG Anunoby’s least amount of time.

Nor can much be said of the few Timberwolves, of whom more was expected – seventh with 23-24 in the West, with the promising project of the ‘Giant’ duo town-Gobert Currently unsuccessful. But anything can happen in the West, as long as the Lakers either make it straight to the play-offs or make it to the play-ins. However, the former doesn’t give the Raptors much margin for error, at a crossroads between pulling that present together with memories of their most illustrious past. Definitely help in the future.

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