“We needed him . . . we needed all hands on deck and he came up big, hit some big shots and his physicality on the defensive end against (Minnesota’s Andrei) Kirilenko and those guys makes a difference,” said Casey.
One seriously sloppy half was too much for the Minnesota Timberwolves to overcome.
The feisty Lowry comes with a distinct personality, one that obviously rubbed Adelman’s successor in Houston, Kevin McHale, the wrong way. Lowry has a reputation for not always getting along with his coaches.
The Raptors scored their first win of the season on Sunday night as the backcourt of Lowry and DeRozan proved too much for Minnesota to handle. For the second straight game, the pair combined to score over 40 points and tonight they complemented that with a combined 14 rebounds and 6 steals. Andrea Bargnani had a brutal game and he will need to make more of a contribution if Toronto is going to hang with Oklahoma City on Tuesday night.
“I was there talking with Coach (Lorenzo) Romar a lot when they were recruiting him. They said how talented he was. I was also playing in Portland, where he’s from and people were really high on him,” said Roy, a three-time all-star with Ross’ hometown Portland Trail Blazers.
Yep, the Toronto Raptors got their first win of the season, a 105 to 86 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves, ending a two game losing streak to start the relatively fresh 2012-13 NBA Season. It wasn’t a pretty affair, neither team was tremendous in execution at either ends of the floor, but after a close first half, the Raps pulled ahead midway through the third quarter and never looked back.
Sorry for the short MC; pretty sure my wife’s water broke and on our way to Sunnybrook.