Raptors-Timberwolves: Bosh Plays Friday, Raptors Win!

Stephen Brotherston@@ProBballNBAAnalyst IOctober 10, 2009

TORONTO, ON - APRIL 26:  Chris Bosh #4 of the Toronto Raptors picks up a rebound against the Orlando Magic in Game Four of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals at the Air Canada Centre April 26, 2008 in Toronto, Ontario. The Magic defeated the Raptors 106-94 to take a 3-1 series lead.  (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)

In the first non-televised Raptors preseason game this year, the Raptors won in convincing fashion 112 to 97 over the T-wolves.

Sure it’s only preseason and the game means nothing, but wouldn’t if have been nice to actually watch this game instead of the first two feeble efforts? At least those of us heading down to the ACC on Sunday have something more exciting to look forward to than Burkie’s hot-dogs!

Apparently Bosh has returned in fine form. After winning the opening tip to Calderon, Bosh makes a driving layup 15 seconds later to kick off the game’s scoring. Then Bosh gets his first foul and first defensive board in quick succession. Welcome back!

Toronto dominated this game from the start. DeRozan makes a layup followed by a Calderon jumper and the Raps are up 7-1 before 30 seconds are gone.

And as if to announce his whole game is ready to go, Bosh sinks his first 3-point attempt of the preseason a minute and a half into the game. Bosh scores his 7th point after three minutes and 41 seconds following getting a defensive board, being blocked by Love, getting the offensive rebound, and making the layup.

Soon after, Evans enters the game for Bosh with Toronto up 20-6 at the 7:34 mark of the first quarter.

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Not missing a beat with Bosh resting, Weems steals the ball on the next play and feeds the alley-oop to DeRozan for the layup.

The quarter ends with Evans driving for a layup, Belinelli hitting a three, and Weems making a layup. Toronto 37, Minnesota 14.

Bosh returns for the second quarter and starts off with a defensive board followed by a quick offensive foul. Then to remind us its preseason, he misses a three pointer and a layup! Finishing his night at the 5:17 mark with nine points, seven rebounds, a block, and a steal shortly after missing a pair of free throws.

Raptors fans should sleep well knowing their star player appears to have returned ready to go. Bosh even managed to find time to get t'd up before taking the rest of the night off.

This game was never in any doubt.

Bargnani scored over 20 points for the second time this preseason going 8 of 11 with three boards and a blocked shot in just over 22 minutes.

Sonny Weems continues to impress with his third double digit scoring effort in as many  preseason games. This time hitting on 5 of 7 and adding an impressive six assists.

Also scoring 11 were DeRozan, Belinelli and Evans!

In just 12 minutes, Amir Johnson was good for nine points and two boards. Similarly Banks was good for seven points, two assists, and no turnovers and continues to surprise with his efforts in the preseason.

Everything was good about tonight’s effort except that 45 to 36 beating the Raptors took on the boards.

Once again one should never take the scores or the players’ individual stats too seriously during the preseason as minutes and rotations are not what we’ll be seeing once things start for real. Also, players are using these games to get their conditioning and timing back, so the end result really isn’t that important.

Still the preseason trend is good. Hopefully we’ll continue to see improvements on Sunday when the high scoring Wizards show up to work out their guys against the Raptors.

Gilbert Arenas just had a 12 point, nine assist night against Dallas where he went 6 for 6 in 21 minutes. This should prove to be a good test of the Raptors’ guards on defense.

Here’s hoping everyone can get out to Sunday’s game!

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