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Raptors' Pascal Siakam: Questionable for Sunday
Siakam (back) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Nuggets.
Siakam is experiencing back stiffness following a hard fall during Friday's loss to the Trail Blazers. The injury isn't considered serious, but the forward is at risk of missing Sunday's game. If he's sidelined, OG Anunoby would probably see an increased role.... See More ... See Less
Raptors' Kyle Lowry: Questionable for Sunday
Lowry (thigh) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Nuggets.
A bruised thigh prevented Lowry from playing Saturday against the Trail Blazers, and he's apparently still dealing with some pain. If he's sidelined again, look for Fred VanVleet to draw a second straight start.... See More ... See Less
Raptors' Serge Ibaka: Plays 35 minutes Friday
Ibaka totaled 18 points (8-12 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 2-2 FT), six rebounds, one assist, and one block in 35 minutes during Friday's 128-122 loss to the Trail Blazers.
Ibaka Continued his impressive start to the season Friday despite the loss. He has now scored in double-figures in all but two of his games this season, while also averaging 7.5 rebounds and 1.4 blocks. He is the 36th ranked player in standard formats and has been one of the more surprising players across the league.... See More ... See Less
Raptors' Fred VanVleet: Season-high 21 points Friday
VanVleet ended with 21 points (7-11 FG, 3-5 3Pt, 4-5 FT), eight assists, and four rebounds in 38 minutes during Friday's 128-122 loss to the Trail Blazers.
VanVleet remained in the starting lineup Friday, replacing Kyle Lowry (thigh) who was ruled out prior to tip-off. VanVleet has proven himself more than capable of running the offense and continues to benefit from the injuries to other players. If Lowry is forced to miss another game, VanVleet would become a must-add player.... See More ... See Less
Raptors' Danny Green: First double-double of the season
Green had 19 points (6-9 FG, 5-7 3Pt, 2-2 FT), 11 rebounds, and two blocks in 36 minutes during Friday's 128-122 loss to Portland.
Green pooped off for his first double-double of the season, finishing with 19 points and 11 rebounds in the six-point loss. That makes back-to-back games with at least 15 points for Green, who has been a fantastic addition to the Raptors roster. Jonas Valanciunas (thumb) is slated to miss the next month which is going to mean more rebounds are available although Green is unlikely to reproduce these kinds of numbers all too often.... See More ... See Less
Raptors' Kawhi Leonard: Scores 28 points in return Friday
Leonard finished with 28 points (8-17 FG, 4-7 3Pt, 8-10 FT), six rebounds, four assists, and one steal in 38 minutes during Friday's 128-122 loss to Portland.
Leonard returned after missing two straight games with a hip injury, logging 38 minutes in the six-point loss. Leonard came alive in the second half as the Raptors fell behind by 16 points midway through the fourth quarter. Leonard is the fifth-ranked player so far this season, increasing to the second-ranked player over the past two weeks. He will get a night off before another crucial matchup against the Denver Nuggets on Sunday.... See More ... See Less
Raptors' Pascal Siakam: Considered day-to-day
Siakam is considered day-to-day after taking a hard fall on his back in Friday's loss to the Trail Blazers, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
Siakam finished the game with ten points (3-8 FG, 2-4 3PT, 2-2 FT) and four boards in just 25 minutes. His limited minutes were due to the fall that injured his back. While the injury does not sound serious, his status for Sunday's matchup with the Nuggets is uncertain at the moment. With Jonas Valanciunas (finger) already sidelined, Greg Monroe could be in line for some more run should Siakam ultimately miss any time. Expect an update once the Raptors provide an update on the situation.... See More ... See Less
Raptors' Fred VanVleet: Starts again Friday
VanVleet will draw another spot start at point guard Friday against Portland, Eric Smith of Sportsnet 590 The Fan reports.
With Kyle Lowry ruled out due to back spasms, VanVleet will benefit from the start and likely an increase in minutes. In games this season where Lowry hasn't played, VanVleet has averaged 35.5 minutes over four matchups.... See More ... See Less
Raptors' Kyle Lowry: Out Friday
Lowry (thigh) has been ruled out for Friday's game against the Trail Blazers, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Lowry was a surprising addition to Toronto's injury report, and although he was initially listed as questionable, he's been officially been declared out due reports of both a thigh bruise and back spasms. Fred VanVleet figures to draw the start at point guard with Lowry on the shelf.... See More ... See Less
Raptors' Kawhi Leonard: Cleared to play
Leonard (hip) will take the court Friday against Portland, Eric Smith of Sportsnet 590 The Fan reports.
Leonard will return to action after missing Toronto's previous two matchups due to a bruised right hip. He'll presumably rejoin the starting lineup and handle his normal workload.... See More ... See Less
Raptors' Kyle Lowry: Listed as questionable
Lowry is listed as questionable for Friday's matchup against the Trail Blazers due to back spasms, Peter Socotch of NBC Northwest reports.
Lowry was a late addition to the injury report ahead of Friday's contest against Portland because of lingering back spasms. It's unknown at the moment when the veteran point guard started to experience the back spasms and its not clear how severe Lowry's injury is. It's still somewhat likely though that Lowry plays Friday, but if the Raptors are too concerned with his healthy and ultimately rule him out, Fred VanVleet will probably step into the starting point guard role.... See More ... See Less
Raptors' Kawhi Leonard: Remains questionable
Leonard (hip) went through morning shootaround and is still listed as questionable for Friday's contest at Portland, Eric Smith of Sportsnet 590 The Fan reports.
Per reports, Leonard didn't suffer any setbacks during shootaround Friday morning and is still listed as questionable on the injury report heading into the contest against the Trail Blazers. More information regarding Leonard's status Friday will likely arrive early in the evening.... See More ... See Less
Raptors' Kawhi Leonard: Questionable Friday
Leonard (hip) is questionable for Friday's matchup against the Trail Blazers, Blake Murphy of The Athletic reports.
A bruised right hip has prevented Leonard from taking the floor each of the past two games, prompting Fred VanVleet to enter the starting five. More information on Leonard's availability may arrive after he tests things out during morning shootaround.... See More ... See Less
Raptors' Jordan Loyd: Scores 32 points in loss
Loyd scored 32 points (11-18 FG, 6-7 3Pt, 4-5 FT) to go along with 11 assists, five rebounds and a blocked shot during the loss Wednesday to the Blue.
It's hard to fathom, but a 32-point, 11-assist outing was somehow overshadowed thanks to league-leading 47-point bomb dropped by center Chris Boucher on Wednesday. Neither player figures to be long for the G League, however, meaning fantasy owners hoping to capitalize on the massive potential could be coming to a close.... See More ... See Less
Raptors' Chris Boucher: Could see NBA role
Boucher may be in line for an NBA role while Jonas Valanciunas (thumb) is out for about a month.
Boucher was recalled from the G League in conjunction with the news of Valanciunas' timetable for a return. Boucher has played just 12 NBA minutes this season, but could see an expanded role, especially given his G League success. At the time of his call-up, Boucher was leading the G League in scoring (29.4 PPG) while adding 11.6 rebounds, 4.6 blocks, 1.2 assists and 1.1 steals in 34.5 minutes. He's also shown proficiency from beyond the arc, drilling 2.5 threes per contest at 34.0 percent. He makes for a speculative add in some deeper formats.... See More ... See Less
Raptors' Jonas Valanciunas: Out four weeks following surgery
Valanciunas underwent surgery on his disclosed left thumb Thursday and will miss at least four weeks, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
Valanciunas suffered the injury during the first half of Wednesday's game against the Warriors. He'll be forced to wear a cast for the next four weeks -- keeping him sidelined until mid-January -- before the Raptors reevaluated his status. In the meantime, Serge Ibaka should handle the bulk of playing time at center with Valanciunas out, while Greg Monroe could also benefit from some increased run.... See More ... See Less