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Team W-L L10 STRK
TOR 21-7 7-3 L2
PHI 19-9 8-2 W2
BOS 16-10 7-3 W6
BKN 10-18 2-8 W2
NY 8-20 4-6 L4

Top Raptors News

  • Raptors' Fred VanVleet: Shines off bench

    VanVleet scored a season-high 19 points (7-12 FG, 5-7 3Pt) and added two rebounds, two assists and one steal across 27 minutes off the bench Sunday in the Raptors' 104-99 loss to the Bucks.

    With Kyle Lowry (zero points on 0-for-5 shooting from the field) sputtering offensively, VanVleet provided the Raptors with a needed lift off the bench. The reserve guard's efforts weren't enough to hold off the Bucks, but VanVleet showed enough here to make for a decent speculative pickup in the event the Raptors decide to shut Lowry down for a brief spell. Lowry missed the Raptors' first game of December with a back issue and could still be impacted by the injury in light of his recent form. Over the past four games, the starting point guard has averaged just 3.8 points while shooting 14.3 percent from the field.

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  • Raptors' Kyle Lowry: Held scoreless in loss

    Lowry finished with no points (0-5 FG, 0-5 3Pt), seven assists, five rebounds and one block across 34 minutes in Sunday's 104-99 loss to the Bucks.

    Lowry averaged a double-double through the Raptors' eight October games (18.5 points and 11.1 assists), but saw his marks in those categories plummet to 13.7 and 9.9, respectively, in November. That downturn was already difficult enough for fantasy managers to stomach, but the point guard has inexplicably been even worse through his first four outings in December. Lowry has now failed to score more than seven points in any of those contests while shooting a disastrous 14.3 percent from the floor and 12 percent from three-point range. Those percentages obviously won't stick and some positive regression will surely be forthcoming, but Lowry may struggle to re-emerge as a regular high-teens scorer for the Raptors now that third-year forward Pascal Siakam and a resurgent Serge Ibaka have proven capable of shouldering more of the scoring burden alongside offseason pickup Kawhi Leonard.

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  • Raptors' Norman Powell: Likely out another week

    Coach Nick Nurse said Powell (shoulder) is unlikely to return during the team's upcoming road trip, which begins Tuesday and runs through Dec. 16, Eric Koreen of The Athletic reports.

    Powell has been sidelined since Nov. 4 with a dislocated shoulder. While he didn't suffer any setback, per Josh Lewenberg of TSN.ca, he's apparently further away from returning than the Raptors initially hoped. Assuming Powell doesn't return during the team's four-game road trip, his next chance to take the court will come Dec. 19 against the Pacers.

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  • Raptors' Norman Powell: Lightly scrimmaging

    Powell (shoulder) did some light scrimmaging after Saturday's practice, Josh Lewenberg of TSN.ca reports.

    Powell is nearing a return from a dislocated left shoulder, and coach Nick Nurse estimated that Powell may be back sometime next week. His scrimmaging Saturday was just with some coaches and end-of-the-bench players, but it's a strong positive indication that he's close to being back on the floor. It's possible he suits up Sunday against the Bucks. However, Tuesday's game against the Clippers seems more realistic.

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  • Raptors' Kawhi Leonard: Scores 32 points in Friday's loss

    Leonard finished with 32 points (10-21 FG, 5-6 3Pt, 7-8 FT), four assists, four steals, three rebounds, and one block in 38 minutes during Friday's 106-105 overtime loss to the Nets.

    Leonard has scored at least 32 points in four of the last five games. He also has 10 made threes and nine steals across the last two tilts. Leonard will almost certainly continue to be rested regularly through the season, so those in daily leagues will want to keep tabs on his status given that a back-to-back set against the Clippers and Warriors is on the horizon next week following Sunday's showdown with the Bucks.

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  • Raptors' Jonas Valanciunas: Scores 24 points in Friday's loss

    Valanciunas poured in 24 points (10-15 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 4-6 FT), eight rebounds, and one block in 26 minutes during Friday's 106-105 overtime loss to the Nets.

    Valanciunas was superb for the second straight contest, scoring efficiently while doing his part on the boards as well. Valanciunas hand't seen 20-plus minutes in any of the last five games, though he's now averaging 20.0 minutes per game through the first four games of December after averaging 18.3 and 19.9 minutes respectively in October and November. He'll likely slide back into a reserve role for Sunday's matchup with the Bucks, in which case Serge Ibaka would rejoin the starting five. Regardless, both big men have been able to make an impact despite splitting time.

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  • Raptors' Serge Ibaka: Plays 20 minutes in Friday's loss

    Ibaka managed eight points (2-7 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 4-4 FT), six rebounds, two blocks, and one assist in 20 minutes during Friday's 106-105 overtime loss to the Nets.

    Ibaka came off the bench and struggled from the field in this one while Jonas Valanciunas thrived in the starting role. This is just the third time through 26 appearances that Ibaka has been held to single digits in scoring, and he'll likely rejoin the starting five for Sunday's matchup with a Bucks team built on floor spacing.

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  • Raptors' Serge Ibaka: Coming off bench Friday

    Ibaka will come off the bench Friday against the Nets.

    Coach Nick Nurse continues to switch up the starting center spot based on matchup, and Jonas Valanciunas will start Friday against Brooklyn. In eight games as a reserve this season, Ibaka has averaged 13.3 points, 7.3 rebounds and 1.0 assists in 23.7 minutes.

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  • Raptors' Jonas Valanciunas: Starting Friday

    Valanciunas will start Friday against the Nets.

    Coach Nick Nurse continues to opt for Serge Ibaka or Valanciunas at center based on matchup. In nine previous starts this season, Valanciunas has averaged 14.3 points, 8.4 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 22.6 minutes.

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  • Raptors' Jonas Valanciunas: Scores 26 points in 18 minutes

    Valanciunas posted 26 points (9-13 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 8-9 FT), eight rebounds and two assists in 18 minutes Wednesday in Toronto's victory over Philadelphia.

    Valanciunas is a versatile offensive big who can occupy rim protectors like Joel Embiid on the defensive end, and the Raptors went to their secret weapon off the bench Wednesday with the 76ers in town. He delivered by keeping the 76ers defense in a torture chamber every chance he got, to the tune of a season-high 26 points. Valanciunas' performance marked just the second time in the three-point era that a player scored 26 or more points in 18 minutes or less. The only other player to do so was Isaiah Thomas, during the 2012-13 season. Hand-picked stats like this are fun and all, but from a fantasy perspective, Valanciunas will never be a reliable option just because of his rollercoaster role in the Raptors offense.

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  • Raptors' Kawhi Leonard: Scores 36 points in 35 minutes

    Leonard registered 36 points (13-24 FG, 5-6 3Pt, 5-6 FT), nine rebounds, one assist, five steals and one block in 35 minutes Wednesday as Toronto topped Philadelphia.

    Leonard managed to post a season-high five steals Wednesday, to go along with his seventh 30-plus point scoring performance. The veteran swingman has been collecting accolades from the very beginning of his NBA career and appears to be in the hunt for an MVP to add to the trophy case. With his health in check, fantasy owners have no reason to doubt the career year that Leonard is enjoying thus far.

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  • Raptors' Pascal Siakam: Sets new career high in assists

    Siakam finished with 14 points (7-10 FG, 0-2 3Pt), seven assists, six rebounds and two steals across 29 minutes Monday in the Raptors' 106-103 loss to the Nuggets.

    Siakam's 14.8 points and 6.4 rebounds per game to go with a 63.6 percent conversion rate from the field have driven most of his fantasy value thus far, but the third-year forward has lifted his ceiling higher the last two games while flashing some ability as a facilitator. He's dropped 12 dimes over that span, with the seven he notched Monday representing a new career high.

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Team Statistical Rankings

PTS/G OPP PTS/G
Team 115.4
(5th)
107.8
(6th)

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