While the entire country's attention is diverted towards other competitions--Jays/Rangers for some, Harper/Trudeau/Mulcair for others--we here at Raptors HQ still have a job to do. Even if the games don't actually count. Yes, the Raptors preseason continues tonight with a game against our favourite son, Andrew Wiggins, and his Minnesota Timberwolves. Let's reflect.
For the Raptors, this is their first game of the entire 2015-16 campaign to be played in the Air Canada Centre. They've been out west for three games now, taking on both Los Angeles teams and the defending champion Golden State Warriors. Toronto comes home with a 2-1 record (and I'll give you one guess as to who they lost to). Highlights from their last game (vs. the Lakers) include skinny Kyle Lowry dropping 25 points on 8-of-13 shooting and Cory Joseph (second favourite Canadian son) going for 18 points also on 8-of-13 shooting.
The T-Wolves, after losses to the Thunder and Bulls, are still searching for their first win of the pre-season (for whatever that's worth; I mean, Charlotte is 3-0 right now). On the bright side, there are few teams in the NBA with as much potential as this young Minnesota team. There are also few teams in the league with as much "old man entertainment" potential as these Timberwolves. Remember: This is a team with Andrew Wiggins and Karl-Anthony Towns standing across from Kevin Garnett and Andre Miller. That's just an amazing combination.
So, some things to watch for tonight: What kind of eye-popping moves will we potentially see from Wiggins and Towns? What kind of game are we getting from the new svelte Lowry? Any hints to be seen on Jonas Valanciunas' potential improvement? How many people will actually be watching this game as the Jays fight for their playoff lives? And just who are you voting for anyway?
So many questions. Let's get into the comments.
Where to Watch: NBATV Canada
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