Can the Raptors Continue their Historic Winning Streak?

Noora Popal
BarnBurner Sports Writer

@NooraPopal

Monday, February 10, 2020


TORONTO - The Toronto Raptors are on a roll, setting a record with their 14th straight win. Raptors beat the Brooklyn Nets on Saturday night, 119-118.

This relentless team has faced more adversity than any other NBA team, but they continue to prove everyone wrong. With Kyle Lowry, Marc Gasol and Norman Powell out, the rest of the team had to step up and fill in their presence on the court. 

Fred VanVleet scored 29 points/ 2 rebounds/ 6 assists against the Nets. He was what drove the teams’ win, along with a great contribution from the young Raptors bench. VanVleet has proven over and over again just how talented he is and how his hard work is paying off. He can step up when he is needed and is able to put up winning numbers.

Terrence Davis has been phenomenal throughout the last few games. He has proven all the critics wrong with his performances. It is hard to believe that Davis was left undrafted before signing with the Raptors. He had 20 points/ 8 rebounds against the Nets and played the part of “the next man up” very well. 

He was chosen to take Lowry’s place after Lowry suffered an injury to his neck (whiplash), in their last game against the Pacers. A strong offensive performance from the rookie helped the team succeed against the Nets, who are fighting tooth and nail to cling on to their playoff spot. 

Matt Thomas, also an undrafted rookie, missed a large portion of this season due to injury, but when it came to it, he was ready to step up and perform above what was expected of him. He had 15 points, 6 rebounds, and 3 steals, and is expected to put up similar numbers against the Timberwolves. 

The Milwaukee Bucks are on an 18-game winning streak, and they hope to increase that streak to 19 when they face the Sacramento Kings tonight. 

The Toronto Raptors expect to continue their historic winning streak tonight when they face the Minnesota Timberwolves, who just broke their 13-game losing streak when they played the Los Angeles Clippers, Saturday night. 

It will be interesting to see a 1-13 team (one win in the last 14 games), face a 14-0 team (won 14 in a row). Also, it will be Toronto’s first time facing a Timberwolves team without the Canadian, Andrew Wiggins. Wiggins has been one of the reasons for the teams’ success when facing the Raptors. The last time the Raptors faced Minnesota was on January 18th, where they won, 122-112. 

This is the Raptors second last game before the All-Start break. Their final game before the break will be once again against the Nets, this time in Brooklyn.