Quick Reaction: Wolves 133, Raptors 85

Eight-deep against one of the West's best.

Box Score
G. Temple33 MIN, 7 PTS, 2 REB, 0 AST, 0 STL, 3-11 FG, 1-5 3FG, 0-0 FT, 1 BLK, 1 TO, -38 +/-

A consummate pro. Played with great effort, played some great D on Edwards in the first quarter. He might not be good, but plays with consistent effort.

J. McDaniels37 MIN, 13 PTS, 8 REB, 4 AST, 0 STL, 6-15 FG, 0-1 3FG, 1-1 FT, 0 BLK, 3 TO, -28 +/-

McDaniels was pretty inconsistent tonight. He attacked well off the dribble in the first quarter, threw some good passes, and even blew by Naz Reid in the second quarter. He also had some sloppy turnovers, including turning the ball over mid-air at the start of Q3. But good to see him playing beyond his usual role.

M. Williams31 MIN, 0 PTS, 5 REB, 1 AST, 1 STL, 0-7 FG, 0-2 3FG, 0-0 FT, 2 BLK, 1 TO, -24 +/-

Big night for Williams. NBA starter after just signing a 10-day and tasked with going against Gobert. Jack Armstrong said he was a third-stringer while playing on Sioux Falls, and great to see a player rise from the trenches onto the big stage. Seemed pretty mobile after setting screens. He even attempted a three against Gobert after popping off a screen set for IQ. Missed by a mile, but hey, he tried.

G. Dick34 MIN, 16 PTS, 8 REB, 0 AST, 1 STL, 6-17 FG, 1-6 3FG, 3-3 FT, 0 BLK, 4 TO, -37 +/-

Reps, reps, and more reps that pushed him beyond his role. He showed lots of fight and wasn’t afraid of contact. He got by Edwards and took it right at Gobert only to get blocked. But, then, he got the ball off a BLOB play and hit the jumper. In the third quarter, he had a backcourt turnover, but got the ball off Edwards, initiated the offence, kicked the ball out, relocated to the left corner, and attempted a three. He kept fighting even if his shots weren’t falling.

I. Quickley29 MIN, 16 PTS, 1 REB, 3 AST, 1 STL, 7-17 FG, 2-7 3FG, 0-0 FT, 0 BLK, 1 TO, -24 +/-

This was a how-well-do-you-finish-at-the-rim drill for IQ. Played off-ball at times with Dick and McDaniels initiating more off the dribble.

J. Nwora30 MIN, 14 PTS, 13 REB, 5 AST, 0 STL, 4-9 FG, 1-4 3FG, 5-6 FT, 0 BLK, 4 TO, -29 +/-

Continued to show what he’s capable of. Had a good one-handed pass to IQ in the corner (shot missed). Had a nice baseline drive and floater, and hit a triple in the second quarter to force a timeout. Nwora seemed frustrated at some of his poor decision-making, but played through it.

J. Freeman-Liberty27 MIN, 16 PTS, 5 REB, 6 AST, 1 STL, 6-10 FG, 2-4 3FG, 2-2 FT, 0 BLK, 5 TO, -36 +/-

Solid game for JFL. Nice transition catch-and-shoot 3 to inch the Raps within five. Then followed up with a nice mid-range jumper. He played a big role when the Raps were still in close competition with the Wolves in the first half.

M. Gueye19 MIN, 3 PTS, 6 REB, 0 AST, 0 STL, 1-4 FG, 0-1 3FG, 1-2 FT, 3 BLK, 1 TO, -24 +/-

Two things: 1. nice block and 2. had the balls to attempt a triple as Gobert played drop on him. Airballed it, but kudos for trying.

Darko Rajakovic

Not sure how to grade Coach Darko when you have two G League guys plus one 10-day guy, and you’re only eight-deep.

Things We Saw

  1. In the second quarter, there was a bit of hope that they maybe able to lose respectably. But any hope was quickly dashed as soon as the second half started.
  2. Best defensive play was at the start of Q2 when the Raps forced the Wolves down to 4 seconds on the shot clock. Nickeil Alexander-Walker hit the three, but the rotations were good and the Raps’ shell was maintained.