NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Tuesday, February 10th (All times eastern)
Toronto Raptors (19-34) at Minnesota Timberwolves (17-33), 8:00 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Toronto Raptors haven't won much at all as of late, but they've posted plenty of victories over the Minnesota Timberwolves over the past few years.
The Raptors will shoot for their ninth straight triumph over the Timberwolves when the two teams -- both of which figure to be without their top players -- square off tonight at the Target Center.
Toronto comes in mired in a six-game losing streak and is a horrid 3-13 since January 11. The club has played its last two tests without Chris Bosh due to a sprained right knee that probably will keep the All-Star forward out of the lineup tonight as well.
Minnesota suffered an even greater blow in Sunday's loss at New Orleans, as standout center Al Jefferson tore the ACL in his right knee and will miss the remainder of the season.
Jefferson hurt himself in the final minute of the 101-97 defeat and topped the Timberwolves with 25 points and 14 rebounds. The fourth-year pro had been averaging team bests of 23.1 points and 11.0 rebounds per game on the season.
Ryan Gomes had 21 points in the loss, Minnesota's third in a row and sixth in their last seven outings, while rookie Kevin Love recorded 12 points and 10 rebounds.
The Raptors continued their losing ways Saturday in Memphis, where the team registered a season-low point total in a 78-70 setback to the Grizzlies.
Jose Calderon led Toronto with 18 points against Memphis, while teammate Jason Kapono scored all 12 of his points in the fourth quarter. Joey Graham started in place of Bosh and ended with 14 points.
The Raptors will be wrapping up a three-game road trip tonight that began with a 101-92 loss at New Orleans on Saturday. Toronto is just 10-19 as the visitor this season, but the team has come away with victories in each of its last four trips to the Target Center.
Minnesota has not beaten the Raptors since a a 108-97 decision in Toronto on January 21, 2004.
02/10 10:33:53 ET