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Timberwolves Rout Short-Handed Raptors: Largest Loss in Franchise History

In a disappointing turn of events for the Toronto Raptors, the team faced a humiliating defeat at the hands of the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday night. The Raptors, already grappling with injuries and short on available players, suffered their largest loss in franchise history, falling to the Timberwolves 133-85.

The game showcased the stark contrast between the two teams’ performances, with the Timberwolves dominating from start to finish. Led by Anthony Edwards, who poured in 28 points, and Naz Reid, who added 23, Minnesota’s offense overwhelmed the Raptors’ defense throughout the game. Rudy Gobert’s impressive double-double of 11 points and 15 rebounds further solidified the Timberwolves’ control over the match.

Despite their best efforts, the short-handed Raptors couldn’t keep up with the Timberwolves’ firepower. Immanuel Quickley, Gradey Dick, and Javon Freeman-Liberty each contributed 16 points, but it wasn’t enough to close the gap. The absence of key players like Gary Trent Jr., Bruce Brown, RJ Barrett, and Kelly Olynyk due to injuries or rest severely hindered the Raptors’ ability to compete effectively.

Adding insult to injury, the 48-point loss marked a historic low for the Raptors franchise, highlighting the magnitude of their defeat. Toronto head coach Darko Rajaković acknowledged the team’s struggle, particularly as fatigue set in and turnovers mounted as the game progressed.

In a silver lining amidst the disappointment, the Raptors witnessed the NBA debut of Malik Williams, who signed a 10-day contract. Despite being held scoreless, Williams made his presence felt with five rebounds and two blocks, offering a glimpse of his potential impact moving forward.

Looking ahead, the Raptors will need to regroup and refocus as they prepare to face the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday night. With several key players on the mend and the memory of their historic loss fresh in their minds, Toronto will be eager to bounce back and reclaim their competitive edge on the court.

Steve Sorgini

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