6 P.M. at Toronto • Air canada centre • fsn, 830-am
Preview: The Timberwolves, losers of three of their past four games, will try to bounce back from yet another close loss — their second consecutive setback — against the Raptors, who had a three-game winning streak ended at Boston on Wednesday. The good news? The Wolves are 8-2 this season in games following defeats by four or fewer points. The bad news? The Wolves have lost nine games in a row in Toronto.
Players to watch: Wolves F Kevin Love is coming off a 27-point, 11-rebound performance against Sacramento, his first 20-plus point effort in four games. SG Kevin Martin is 8-for-26 in his past two games. G Ricky Rubio hasn’t had 10 assists in his past five games. … Raptors G DeMar DeRozan averaged 23.5 points in two games vs. the Wolves last season. G Kyle Lowry has scored in double figures in all but four games this season.
Numbers: Toronto coach Dwane Casey — the former Wolves coach — has his team 13-6 since Rudy Gay was traded to Sacramento on Dec. 8. Toronto has won a season-high five consecutive home games, and that includes a 95-82 Jan. 1 victory over Indiana, the team with the best record in the Eastern Conference. … The Wolves have not been three games under .500 this season.
Injuries: Raptors F/C Tyler Hansbrough (ankle) is questionable.
|Miami - LP: B. Morris||4||FINAL|
|Washington - WP: M. Grace||6|
|NY Yankees - LP: C. Martin||1||FINAL|
|Toronto - WP: R. Dickey||3|
|Philadelphia - WP: A. Harang||5||FINAL|
|Atlanta - LP: A. Wood||2|
|Tampa Bay - WP: J. Odorizzi||5||FINAL|
|Boston - LP: C. Buchholz||1|
|Los Angeles - LP: C. Hatcher||3||FINAL|
|Milwaukee - WP: M. Blazek||4|
|Chicago Cubs - LP: P. Strop||9||FINAL|
|St. Louis - WP: M. Socolovich||10|
|Oakland - LP: J. Hahn||7||FINAL|
|Minnesota - WP: P. Hughes||8|
|Texas - WP: K. Kela||2||FINAL|
|Houston - LP: C. Qualls||1|
|Seattle - WP: F. Hernandez||3||FINAL|
|LA Angels - LP: M. Shoemaker||2|
|San Diego - LP: T. Ross||0||FINAL|
|San Francisco - WP: M. Bumgarner||2|