MINNEAPOLIS — The Toronto Raptors are lastly at full power and Fred VanVleet goes to do his finest to maintain it that means.If the teaching employees tells VanVleet he’s on a minutes restriction, as he was on Saturday in opposition to the Timberwolves, properly the extreme competitor goes to hear, even when he hates sitting. VanVleet is studying from a previous mistake.“I believe with the primary minutes restriction I had with my knee there I in all probability had the flawed strategy with it,” VanVleet mentioned of earlier this season.“So simply making an attempt to be a bit smarter with it this time round however I believe enjoying comfortable like that allowed me to not press and simply let recreation come to me.“I used to be preventing it an excessive amount of, pushing it an excessive amount of (final time). Me and (Raptors medical grand Poobah Alex McKechnie) went backwards and forwards a bit. It was a distinct harm, clearly however I needed to come back again full drive and it affected me, I used to be fascinated about it once I was on the market – I used to be fascinated about once I was popping out quite than simply enjoying.” This time VanVleet will do what his physique tells him it may and less than that.It labored out properly on Saturday, when VanVleet had probably the greatest video games of his profession, nailing 7-of-Eight three-pointers whereas posting a game-high 29 factors. He added 4 steals and is now averaging two steals a recreation, simply behind league-leader Ben Simmons. VanVleet additionally ranks 13th in assists per recreation, is capturing 39% on three-point makes an attempt and trails solely all-star Jrue Vacation in deflections per recreation.He additionally appears to deliver out the perfect in Kyle Lowry, whereas additionally permitting Lowry to relaxation a bit extra, each on the bench and whereas he’s on the ground as a result of he isn’t dealing with the ball or directing the offence as a lot.“(Him) stepping again in. And enjoying as effectively as he did, it makes a giant distinction,” Lowry mentioned.RYAN WOLSTAT’S TIPOFFRAPTORS AT HAWKSTODAY: 2:30 P.M. ET SN1/SN590SCOUTING REPORTAtlanta adopted up a giant win over San Antonio by getting annihilated by a middling Detroit crew at dwelling. Not nice. The Hawks had received two straight, with Trae Younger scorching, however Younger wasn’t good in opposition to the Pistons, who shot 59% from the ground. Lengthy-time Atlanta level guard Jeff Teague is again within the fold after being reacquired not too long ago from Minnesota. He’s now a sixth man, filling former backup Dennis Schroder’s outdated function. Rookie De’Andre Hunter continues to be growing, however has proven some flashes. Atlanta has been quite a bit higher since huge man John Collins returned from his 25-game suspension.MARQUEE MATCHUPKyle Lowry vs. Trae YoungYoung’s going to be voted in as an all-star starter in his second season. Lowry has a great shot at his sixth look and is the extra impactful participant, he simply lacks the flash of Younger who led the NCAA in factors and assists and isn’t far off from the lead in each classes within the NBA (28.Eight factors, 8.5 assists per recreation).He can gentle it up like few others. In the meantime, Lowry’s been red-hot recently and is trying extra just like the Lowry of outdated as his scoring numbers go up.DID YOU KNOW?Former Raptors celebrity Vince Carter is the primary participant to compete in 4 totally different many years and is winding down his storied profession as a mentor with the younger Hawks whereas performing some tv work on the aspect. Carter’s averaged 15.6 factors in 40 profession conferences with Toronto (not together with the playoffs), after averaging a then-franchise-high 23.four factors in 403 video games as a Raptor. A number of of his teammates weren’t even born when he arrived in Canada … Collins is placing up huge numbers however struggles to defend and has picked up 5 fouls in three straight video games. Guard Kevin Huerter is wholesome and capturing 47.5% from three over his final 10 video games.