Wolves Can’t Handle Raptors in 94-89 Loss

Jan 17, 2014; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Minnesota Timberwolves forward Luc Mbah a Moute (12) reacts after being hit in the face against the Toronto Raptors at Air Canada Centre. The Raptors beat the Timberwolves 94-89. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

The Timberwolves losing streak is now up to three games.  They are falling farther and farther out of the playoff picture with an 18-21 record in the ultra competitive Western Conference.  The Wolves simply couldn’t handle the Raptors outside shooting, and could not manage to knockdown many three pointers of their own.  The Raptors shot 11-24(46%) while the Timberwolves only managed to shoot 3-18(17%) from behind the arc.

Kevin Love had a below average game for his standards with 16 points, 12 rebounds, and 3 assists on 1-3 shooting from behind the arc.  Kevin Martin lead the Wolves in scoring, dropping 18 points, 1 rebound, 1 assist, and 1 block.  Corey Brewer and Ricky Rubio were both ineffective combining for only 10 points.  JJ Barea was the Wolves only reliable option off the bench, with 14 points, 4 rebounds,and 5 assists in 25 minutes of play.  Everyone other player off the bench was relatively ineffective.

Coach Adelman’s former player Kyle Lowry did him no favors tonight.  Lowry led all scorers with 24 points, also adding 5 rebounds, and 6 assists on 6-9 shooting from three.  Amir Johnson had 19 points.  Terrence Ross had 16 points, 4 rebounds, and 2 steals.  DeMar DeRozan threw down a vicious alley oop, and had 15 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists, and 2 steals.

With this loss, the Timberwolves record is 18-21.  They are currently four games out of the playoffs, and 5th place in their division, 12 games behind the Portland Trail Blazers.

Topics: Kevin Love, Kyle Lowry, Minnesota Timberwoles, Toronto Raptors

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