Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 10/10/13
Game 2 of the pre-season was easier to watch and better-executed than the opener but the Raptors ended up on the wrong side of the scoreboard this time around losing 101-89 to the Minnesota Timberwolves at the ACC on Wednesday. Head coach Dwane Casey summed up the game in a way he never would during the regular season. “I like that we showed some things that we need to work on” Casey said genuinely pleased. And those would be? “We are definitely not where we want to be defensively” he said. Minnesota shot 46.8% from the field and had 21 assists to just 10 turnovers. The visitors faced little resistance in the second half after going into the break trailing by four. “It was a bad effort on defence tonight” added Jonas Valanciunas who optimistically added “we have a lot of things to fix and we’re going to start tomorrow.” Kevin Love had 20 points and nine rebounds in his first Toronto appearance in two years and Ricky Rubio added seven assists. DeMar DeRozan was strong for the Raptors going to work in the post in a 17 point outing on 6-for-7 shooting. Kyle Lowry added eight points on 4-for-5 shooting but the rest of the team went just 22-for-63 which won’t be enough to win many regular season battles. The Raptors scored just 30 points in the second half. “I think we slowed down and didn’t get to the free throw line at all” was DeRozan’s explanations of the struggles of the final 24 minutes. On the improvements made front the Raptors beat Boston earlier in the week but committed a ghastly 26 turnovers. This time the number was cut to just 14. Rudy Gay missed all but two of his seven attempts and was forcing the issue all evening. Afterward Gay said he isn’t concerned. “Their offence was more fluid than ours. It’s training camp I guess they worked on it a little bit more but we’ve been working on the defensive side this training camp” he said.
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