Timberwolves trade down, select Auburn center Walker Kessler — Twin Cities

The Timberwolves had two clear weaknesses bite them in key moments of their first-round playoff loss to Memphis: They weren’t big enough and they couldn’t rebound. With his first selection as Minnesota’s president of basketball operations, Tim Connelly did his best to address those holes. After trading down three picks in the first round, the…

Timberwolves trade down, select Auburn center Walker Kessler — Twin Cities

Jace Frederick: Best options for the Timberwolves at No. 19 — Twin Cities

Ahead of Thursday’s NBA Draft, Timberwolves beat reporter Jace Frederick identifies what he thinks are the best likely available options for Minnesota to select at No. 19: EJ LIDDELL, F, OHIO STATE Sometimes, need perfectly intersects with quality of prospect. In many ways, Liddell looks like a home run fit for the Timberwolves. While he’s…

Jace Frederick: Best options for the Timberwolves at No. 19 — Twin Cities

Kurtenbach: Looking for the unsung heroes of the Warriors title push? Meet the Minnesota Timberwolves — Monterey Herald

Is it better to be lucky or good? How about being both? As the Warriors sit one win away from a fourth title in eight years, it’s important not only to recognize the faith, determination, and incredible talent necessary to achieve such a feat, but also to make note of the good fortune that has befallen…

Kurtenbach: Looking for the unsung heroes of the Warriors title push? Meet the Minnesota Timberwolves — Monterey Herald

Armed with their young, bright stars and fun style of play, Memphis and Minnesota don’t belong on NBA TV — Twin Cities

First-round NBA playoff games have a few different potential television destinations. Most first-round games are aired on each team’s respective regional sports network — hence why you can catch every Timberwolves-Grizzlies game on Bally Sports North this series, if you have it. Then there’s the national broadcasts. The games deemed to be the most attractive […]

Armed with their young, bright stars and fun style of play, Memphis and Minnesota don’t belong on NBA TV — Twin Cities

Timberwolves have massive 3-point shooting advantage over Grizzlies — Twin Cities

The Timberwolves made 16 three-point shots in Saturday’s NBA playoff victory in Memphis, while the Grizzlies hit just seven. That’s 27 additional points in Minnesota’s column before considering anything else that takes place on the floor. The math problem that befuddled the Timberwolves’ organization for the better part of a decade is working distinctly in…

Timberwolves have massive 3-point shooting advantage over Grizzlies — Twin Cities

Patrick Beverley seems to be shifting gears for playoffs, turning into Timberwolves’ calming force — Twin Cities

MEMPHIS — The Timberwolves got off to a lightning-quick start in their NBA playoff opener Saturday against the Memphis Grizzlies, opening up a 9-2 lead on the strength of an Anthony Edwards surge just moments into the game, causing the Grizzlies to call timeout. Immediately after that whistle, veteran Timberwolves guard Patrick Beverley looked at […]

Patrick Beverley seems to be shifting gears for playoffs, turning into Timberwolves’ calming force — Twin Cities

Timberwolves beat Nuggets, stay in race for West’s sixth seed — Twin Cities

Any path left for the Timberwolves to sneak out of the Western Conference play-in game and into the No. 6 seed relied upon a road win Friday against the team they have been trying to surpass. And while it remains just a remote possibility, the Timberwolves did what they needed to do to keep that…

Timberwolves beat Nuggets, stay in race for West’s sixth seed — Twin Cities

RAPTORS 125, TIMBERWOLVES 102

TORONTO & MINNESOTA POSTGAME VIDEO: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/2j8fgl17gig3szo/AAB_ze09Pd9gbmQ4iXZXs3URa?dl=0

TORONTO RAPTORS
POSTGAME NOTES

FINAL SCORE: TORONTO RAPTORS 125, MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES 102

DATE: WEDNESDAY MARCH 30, 2022 ATTENDACE: 19,800 (Sellout)

 FINAL SCORERECORDHIGH POINTSHIGH REBOUNDSHIGH ASSISTS
Minnesota10243-34Edwards – 24Towns – 10McLaughlin – 5
Toronto12544-32Trent Jr. – 29Siakam – 10Siakam – 13
KEY RUN

Beginning at the 7:46 mark in the third quarter, the Raptors went on a 23-12 run to close out the frame … Toronto shot 60 percent (15-for-25) from the field during the quarter, and led by double-digits for the rest of the game.

KEY STAT

Toronto matched a season high with 18 three-point field goals tonight led by Gary Trent Jr. (6-for-8) and OG Anunoby (4-for-4) … The Raptors have made a season-high 18 three-pointers in six games this year and are 4-2 in these contests.

RAPTORS NOTES:

  • With the win, Toronto improves to 44-32 this season and 21-16 at home … Toronto will travel to Orlando to play the Magic on Friday.
  • Pascal Siakam recorded 12 points, a career-high 13 assists and 10 rebounds for his second career triple-double … Siakam joins Kyle Lowry (16), Damon Stoudamire (3), Jose Calderon (2), and Marcus Camby (2) as the only players in franchise history to record multiple triple-doubles.
  • Gary Trent Jr. finished with a team-high 29 points (9-13 FG, 6-8 3PT, 5-5 FT) along with two rebounds in 27 minutes … Trent Jr. has scored 20-or-more points in three of his last six games played (Mar. 14-30), averaging 18.0 points during this stretch.
  • OG Anunoby scored 22 points and added five rebounds and three assists in 32 minutes … Anunoby has finished with 20+ points in 19-of-46 games played this year, something he did just 13 times in 43 contests last season.
  • The Raptors tallied 32 assists tonight led by a career-high 13 from Siakam … Toronto is a perfect 5-0 this season when dishing out 30+ assists.
  • Fred VanVleet recorded a season high-tying five steals tonight … VanVleet has tallied five steals in six games in his career.

TIMBERWOLVES NOTES:

  • With the loss, Minnesota falls to 43-34 and 18-21 on the road … The Timberwolves will continue their four-game road trip (Mar. 27 – April 3) Friday night in Denver.
  • Karl-Anthony Towns finished with 16 points, 10 rebounds and five assists in 32 minutes for his team-leading 38th double-double of the season … Towns has recorded 10 double-doubles since the All-star break and the Timberwolves are 7-3 in these games.
  • Anthony Edwards scored 24 points, eight rebounds and four assists in 32 minutes … Edwards has scored 20+ in 37-of-66 games this season, something he did 36 times in 72 contests last season as a rookie.
  • The Timberwolves forced 19 Raptors turnovers marking the 73rd consecutive game Minnesota’s opponents have had 10-or-more turnovers … The Timberwolves (73 games) hold the longest active streak in the NBA.

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2021-22 SEASON-SERIES ALL-TIME RECORDS
DATESITERESULT  RAPTORS WINSTIMBERWOLVES WINS
02/16/2022MinnesotaW 103-91 Overall:3616
03/30/2022TorontoW 125-102 at Toronto:234
 at Minnesota:1312
    

Three Things to Know: Timberwolves latest team to enjoy rubbing salt in Lakers’ wounds — ProBasketballTalk | NBC Sports

The schadenfreude is running strong around the NBA with the Lakers right now.

Three Things to Know: Timberwolves latest team to enjoy rubbing salt in Lakers’ wounds — ProBasketballTalk | NBC Sports

Apple Valley’s Gary Trent Jr. has found a home in Toronto, where he’s showing just how great he can be — Twin Cities

Trent said he has found a daily routine that works for his body, and the results have followed.

Apple Valley’s Gary Trent Jr. has found a home in Toronto, where he’s showing just how great he can be — Twin Cities

RAPTORS-TIMBERWOLVES PREGAME NOTES

GAME #57 – TORONTO RAPTORS (31-25) at MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES (30-27)
WDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2022 – 8 P.M. (ET) – TARGET CENTER
TV: TSN – RADIO: SPORTSNET 590 THE FAN

The Toronto Raptors (31-25) finish play before the All-Star break Wednesday night against the Minnesota Timberwolves (30-27) at Target Center. The Raptors have lost consecutive games (Feb. 12-14) following
an eight-game winning streak – their longest of the season. Toronto is 10-11 vs. the Western Conference this season, after going 10-20 against the West in 2020-21.
• Fred VanVleet scored a team-high 20 points Monday at New Orleans. VanVleet has now scored 20+ points in a career-high seven straight games played (Feb. 1-12), averaging 22.0 points and shooting .457 (32-70) from three-point range during this stretch. He sat out Feb. 10 at Houston with left groin soreness.
VanVleet connected on four three-pointers against the Pelicans and has now made 201 threes this season third most in a season in Raptors history; behind only Kyle Lowry (238 in 2017-18 & 212 in 2015-16).
• Pascal Siakam is currently averaging 22.0 points, and career highs of 8.7 rebounds and 5.1 assists, in 43 games this season. He is one of just six players in the NBA averaging 20.0 points, 8.0 rebounds and 5.0 assists, along with Giannis Antetokounmpo, Luka Doncic, James Harden, Nikola Jokic & Dejounte Murray.
• Timberwolves Head Coach Chris Finch was hired midway through last season after spending the first half of the season as an assistant coach on Nick Nurse’s staff. Nurse and Finch have a relationship that goes
back decades when both were coaching in the British Basketball League in the mid-1990s. Finch was also head coach of Britain’s team at the 2012 London Olympics where Nurse was one of his assistants.
• The Raptors set season lows shooting .305 (29-95) from the field and recorded just eight assists in Monday’s loss at New Orleans. Toronto did grab 20 offensive rebounds against the Pelicans and converted those into 24 second-chance points. The Raptors (13.2 OREB, 16.3 2ND PTS ) and Timberwolves (11.9
OREB, 15.4 2ND PTS) rank second and third, respectively, in the NBA in both offensive rebounds and second-chance points this season. Scottie Barnes currently leads all rookies with a team-high 119 offensive boards – the most by a Raptors rookie since Jonas Valanciunas (121) in 2012-13.
• Fred VanVleet
has been named a reserve for the 2022 NBA All-Star Game, which will be played on Sunday, Feb. 20 at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in Cleveland. VanVleet becomes just the eighth player in franchise history to earn an All-Star selection. He is the first undrafted player in the NBA to be named an
All-Star since Ben Wallace in 2006. VanVleet will also compete in the MTN Dew 3-Point Contest.
• Sophomore Precious Achiuwa and rookie Scottie Barnes have been selected to participate in the 2022 Rising Stars, which will be played on Friday, Feb. 18 at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in Cleveland as part of NBA All-Star 2022. Toronto will have two players in the showcase event for the first time since Andrea
Bargnani and Jamario Moon in 2008. Barnes will also participate in the Taco Bell Skills Challenge.
PROBABLE STARTERS
F – SCOTTIE BARNES #4

MIN: 35.5 REB: 7.5 AST: 3.3 STL: 1.0 TO: 1.9 BLK: 0.8 PTS: 14.5
• Finished with five points, four rebounds and one block in 20 minutes Feb. 14 at New Orleans.
• Ranks first among rookies in minutes (35.5), third in rebounds (7.5), and fourth in points (14.5).
• Has scored 20+ points 10 times – the most by a Raptors rookie since Charlie Villanueva (12) in 2005-06.
F – OG ANUNOBY #3

MIN: 36.9 REB: 5.6 AST: 2.7 STL: 1.6 TO: 1.7 BLK: 0.6 PTS: 17.7
• Contributed three points, two rebounds and two assists in 25 minutes of action Feb. 14 at New Orleans.
• Has scored 20+ points in a single-season career-high 18 games; something he did 13 times last season.
• Averaging 18.3 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.7 assists in 20 games on the road.
C – PASCAL SIAKAM #43

MIN: 37.8 REB: 8.7 AST: 5.1 STL: 1.3 TO: 2.7 BLK: 0.7 PTS: 22.0
• Recorded 18 points, five rebounds and one assist in 33 minutes Feb. 14 at New Orleans.
• Toronto is 30-6 all-time, including 6-1 this season, when Siakam scores 30+ points.
• Leads the Raptors with 18 double-doubles – has matched his single-season career-high set in 2018-19.
G – GARY TRENT JR. #33

MIN: 34.8 REB: 2.6 AST: 1.9 STL: 1.9 TO: 1.0 BLK: 0.3 PTS: 18.3
• Tallied six points and grabbed one rebound in 28 minutes Feb. 14 at New Orleans.
• Ranks second in the NBA in steals per game (1.89) and fifth in total deflections (163).
• Has scored 30+ points in seven games, something he did three times in his first three seasons combined.
G – FRED VANVLEET #23

MIN: 38.4 REB: 4.6 AST: 7.0 STL: 1.6 TO: 2.7 BLK: 0.5 PTS: 21.6
• Scored a team-high 20 points Feb. 14 at New Orleans; added five rebounds and two assists in 31 minutes.
• Ranks second in the NBA in total deflections (194) and three-pointers made (201), and tied for sixth in steals (82).
• Leads the NBA in minutes per game (38.4) – has logged 40+ minutes in 15 games this season.

INJURY REPORT
Isaac Bonga (G League – On Assignment) – Out
David Johnson (G League – Two-Way) – Out
Fred VanVleet (Right Knee; Soreness) – TBD

GAME DETAILS
Opponent: Minnesota Timberwolves
Date: Wednesday, February 16
Tip-Off: 8 p.m. (ET)
Venue: Target Center
Television: TSN
Radio: Sportsnet 590 the FAN
SERIES RECAP VS. MINNESOTA
OVERALL HOME ROAD
2020-21 1-1 0-1 1-0
ALL-TIME 34-16 22-4 12-12
STREAKS Won 1 Lost 1 Won 3
LAST WIN: Feb. 19, 2021 (86-81)
LAST ROAD WIN: Feb
. 19, 2021 (86-81)
LARGEST MARGIN OF VICTORY: +23 (Feb. 10, 2008)
LARGEST MARGIN OF DEFEAT: -32 (Mar. 19, 2002)
LAST TIME VS. MINNESOTA
GAME 30 – FEBRUARY 20, 2021
TORONTO 86, MINNESOTA 81

MINNEAPOLIS — Norman Powell scored a season-high 31 points and
the Toronto Raptors beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 86-81, closing the
game with an 11-0 run … Toronto earned its third straight win … Fred
VanVleet had 12 points and seven rebounds, while Pascal Siakam added
10 points and nine boards … Karl-Anthony Towns led Minnesota with 19
points and 13 rebounds … Malik Beasley scored 13 and Jordan McLaughlin had 11 … After trailing by as many as 19, the Wolves clawed their way
back into the game with a 16-0 run midway through the third quarter …
Jake Layman had a dunk and a 3-pointer during the stretch, which tied the
game at 57 … Rookie Anthony Edwards added a long jumper and a vicious dunk as part of a three-point play, helping Minnesota to a 64-58 lead
heading into the fourth … Minnesota led 81-75 with 3:30 to play when
Toronto took over … VanVleet hit a pair of free throws, Powell scored on
a transition layup, and Siakam threw down a tying dunk … On Minnesota’s next possession, Towns was called for a moving screen, and on the
other end, Terence Davis hit his third 3-pointer of the quarter to make it 84
-81 with 30 seconds to play … The Wolves had a chance to tie it, but
Beasley’s 3-pointer was short, and Davis hit two free throws for Toronto …
Playing a second straight game without point guard Kyle Lowry (sprained
thumb), the Raptors dominated the first half, thanks in part to Minnesota’s
cold shooting … At one point the Wolves missed 18 straight 3-pointers.
1 2 3 4 TOT
TORONTO 28 17 13 28 86
MINNESOTA 15 20 29 17 81

Timberwolves’ Anthony Edwards, Hornets’ LaMelo Ball are NBA superstars in the making — Twin Cities

LaMelo Ball will make his first NBA all-star appearance Sunday night after being tabbed as an injury replacement in the Eastern Conference. Anthony Edwards just barely missed the cut. They’ll both headline the Rising Stars Challenge game on Friday in Cleveland. Before that, the two will meet Tuesday at Target Center in a regular-season duel […]

Timberwolves’ Anthony Edwards, Hornets’ LaMelo Ball are NBA superstars in the making — Twin Cities