Last night was a matchup of two terrible teams. The Raptors lost their franchise (at least that’s the type of player they thought they had) player and pretty much handed the keys to Andrea Bargnani. The only problem with this is that Bargnani isn’t a franchise player. In fact, on most good teams he would have trouble staying in the starting lineup. Against the Wolves last night, Mr. Bargs went for 15 points, which many great players get to on off nights. However, when it takes 24 shots to get there and you have no other major statistic above 3, that means you had a truly awful night. He was dominated by a Love Milicic front-court, and looked like a scrub while he was on the floor.
To say that the rest of the Raptors “followed his lead” would be an understatement. This team did not have any sort of fire the entire game, and at one point in the fourth came close to being down 30. Their FG% was 33%, and they only drained three 3 pointers against the NBA’s worst defenders behind the arc.
Looking past how woefully awful the Raptors looked last night, the Wolves actually looked pretty solid again last night. The Wolves starters got off to a slow start, but in the end everyone but Be-Easy had very efficient games. Love racked up another double double with 21 and 12, and padded the one all-star stat that he needs the most help with: a win.
The players that have ben struggling for the Wolves all stepped up last night. Flynn went 10-8-6 and only had TWO turnovers. Webster went 6-11 and ended with 15 and 6. Also, Wes Johnson had another solid night ending with 14 points.
The lone Wolf that struggled mightily was Michael Beasley. he went 2-12 from the floor and went 7-6. Luckily for the Wolves, he only needed to be in the game for 24 minutes on the night. In fact, no starter had to play more than 26 minutes (Darko), and the player with the most run last night was only at 28 minutes, and he came off the bench (Johnson).
Overall, this was a game we should have known we would win since the game was 1: not on TV 2: against a fellow bad team (we seem to be beating all the other bad teams) and 3: we were at home.
The way I see it, this momentum should keep flowing through Wednesday against the .500 Memphis club. That game is at home, but I see KLove stepping it up to stick it to the team that traded him for the recently suspended OJ Mayo and a slew of terrible contracts. The game after that is against this Raptors team in Toronto, so it is quite possible we could get a little winning streak going here into next weekend, and that is all we want as Wolves fans: a glimmer of hope.