MINNEAPOLIS — So that’s what the real Toronto Raptors look like.
They didn’t have a ceremony when Fred VanVleet strolled out to centre court at the Target Center as part of the starting lineup, but they could have.
For the first time this season, the Raptors didn’t have single player injured. In what has been a season-long game of whack-a-mole, where one player’s return to health would seem to trigger another going down, VanVleet was able to take the floor after missing five games with a pulled hamstring and not have his presence mean the Raptors owed the universe a groin pull, or a fractured finger tip.
Moreover VanVleet was able to do it in style as he scored a game-high 29 points on 11-of-16 shooting in his 29 minutes of court time as Toronto cruised to a 122-112 win against the Minnesota Timberwolves.
His return seemed to spark Kyle Lowry as well, as the Raptors engine added 28 points. Combined Lowry and VanVleet were 12-of-16 from three. And all of that came without cutting into Norman Powell’s hot streak as he scored 20 points in 25 minutes off the bench.
The Raptors third-straight win improved their record 28-14 with their next game coming Monday afternoon against …read more