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By: Josh Weinstein
After edging the San Antonio Spurs in a defensive-minded game at Air Canada Centre on Friday, the Toronto Raptors look to sweep their back-to-back set when they take on the Minnesota Timberwolves at Target Center. It’s the first time this season Toronto will get a look at the new look T-Wolves. With the additions of star swingman Jimmy Butler, Jeff Teague, and Taj Gibson in the offseason, Minnesota is finally ready to end its 13-year postseason drought and perhaps make a deep playoff run.
It’s safe to say that at this point of the season, the Raptors are essentially on cruise control. The team’s new offensive formula is firmly in place, and it has worked wonders so far. Toronto simply needs to keep on utilizing the same offensive schemes they’ve used to date, so that come playoff time, moving the ball and playing the way they have been is essentially second nature to them. What’s most impressive to me so far in this Raptors season, aside from their wonderful new offence, has to be the team’s consistency. Dwane Casey’s club hasn’t lost more than two consecutive games at any point this season.
After years of downright awful basketball, the Timberwolves have finally given their fans a roster they can be proud of. This team has two superstars in Karl Anthony-Towns and Jimmy Butler, as well as nice complementary pieces in Andrew Wiggins, Jeff Teague, and Taj Gibson. That five-man rotation has played together more than any other starting lineup in the league. Unsurprisingly, given their amount of chemistry, they wreak havoc on opposing starting fives. Facing a team like the Timberwolves is an immense challenge defensively, considering their abundance of offensive weapons.
Tip-off is at 9:00 PM ET. Here are the projected starting lineups: