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Raptors' Kawhi Leonard: Listed as out Tuesday
Leonard (rest) is listed as out for Tuesday's game against against Sacramento.
As was hinted at earlier, it looks like the Raptors are indeed going to keep Leonard on the sideline for the third straight game as part of their load management for him. It's the first leg of a back-to-back for Toronto, so the expectation is that he will be back for Wednesday's game in Indiana. Fred VanVleet is expected to remain in the starting lineup in Leonard's absence.... See More ... See Less
Raptors' Kawhi Leonard: Could miss third straight game
The Raptors are considering resting Leonard for Tuesday's game against the Kings, Jovan Buha of The Athletic reports.
Leonard has been rested for the Raptors' previous two contests, and with Tuesday's outing against the Kings serving as the first game of a back-to-back set for Toronto, he may be sidelined again. The team would likely much rather have Leonard available for a key Eastern Conference matchup with the Pacers on Wednesday, so keeping him in street clothes Tuesday would be a logical decision. Look for Leonard's status to be updated later on Tuesday.... See More ... See Less
Raptors' OG Anunoby: Closing in on return
Anunoby (personal) won't be available Tuesday against the Kings but is on track to return Wednesday against the Pacers, Ryan Wolstat of the Toronto Sun reports.
Anunoby's absence will extend to four games while he tends to the personal matter, but it sounds like he'll plan to meet up with the Raptors on the road in Indiana, where he played during college. It's unclear if the Raptors will insert Anunoby into the rotation right away Wednesday, but he would likely only fill a limited bench role in such a scenario anyway. In seven games this month, Anunoby is averaging 6.3 points and 2.9 rebounds in 21.1 minutes.... See More ... See Less
Raptors' Chris Boucher: Drops team-high 27 points
Boucher (shoulder) tallied 27 points (10-21 FG, 3-8 3Pt, 4-8 FT), seven rebounds, an assist, four steals and five blocks across 35 minutes Saturday against Greensboro.
Boucher battled through a shoulder injury earlier in the month, but he put together a spectacular performance in a 109-103 victory for Raptors 905. The 6-11 forward continues his impressive season in the G League, averaging 28.5 points, 11.2 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 1.1 steals and 4.4 blocks in 17 starts.... See More ... See Less
Raptors' Patrick McCaw: Plays 18 minutes in Saturday's win
McCaw contributed two points (1-2 FG), two rebounds, two assists, one steal, and one block in 18 minutes during Saturday's 119-90 win over the Grizzlies.
McCaw finished with more turnovers (three) than anything else, but he did get a chance to see double-digit minutes in the blowout victory. It's unclear if McCaw will crack the regular rotation when Kawhi Leonard (rest) and OG Anunoby (personal) are back in the lineup, as the team's depth of talent along the wing is plentiful. McCaw's ability and willingness to get after it defensively gives him a chance, though he can likely be avoided across most formats.... See More ... See Less
Raptors' Norman Powell: Scores 14 points in Saturday's win
Powell pitched in 14 points (6-7 FG, 2-2 3Pt), four assists, three steals, and one rebound in 19 minutes during Saturday's 119-90 win over the Grizzlies.
Powell has reached double figures in scoring in eight of the last 15 games, this after doing so in only one of his first 11 appearances this season. Powell also swiped a season high steal total while matching his season high in assists. The depth of talent along the wing makes it difficult to rely on Powell on a nightly basis, but he does seem to be re-establishing himself as a key bench player.... See More ... See Less
Raptors' Greg Monroe: Scoreless in Saturday's win
Monroe had zero points (0-3 FG), two rebounds, and two assists in 11 minutes during Saturday's 119-90 win over the Grizzlies.
Monroe has gone scoreless twice across the last eight contests, and four times over the last 12. Even with Jonas Valanciunas (thumb) sidelined through the beginning of February, Monroe hasn't been able to establish himself as anything more than a decent low-end option for deep leagues. The 28-year-old center is posting career-worst numbers in almost every statistical category.... See More ... See Less
Raptors' C.J. Miles: Snags five steals in Saturday's win
Miles supplied 13 points (4-12 FG, 2-6 3Pt, 3-4 FT), five steals, and one rebound in 17 minutes during Saturday's 119-90 win over the Grizzlies.
Miles matched his career high in steals while matching his season high scoring total as well. It's the third time Miles has scored 13 points this season and his sixth double-digit outing across 35 appearances. Overall, Miles is having his worst statistical campaign in over a decade, but coach Nick Nurse is still trying to help the 31-year-old veteran find his groove prior to the playoffs. Nevertheless, the team's overwhelming depth makes it difficult to trust Miles outside of the very deepest leagues.... See More ... See Less
Raptors' Danny Green: Sinks eight treys in Saturday's win
Green registered 24 points (8-13 FG, 8-12 3Pt), seven rebounds, three assists, two steals, and one block in 23 minutes during Saturday's 119-90 win over the Grizzlies.
Green was sensational, matching his career high in made threes and contributing in every category while filling up the box score in fairly limited minutes. The absence of Kawhi Leonard (rest) resulted in Green stepping up offensively, and he did enough to damage to negate the fact that he wasn't needed to play that many minutes in the blowout victory.... See More ... See Less
Raptors' Kawhi Leonard: Resting again Saturday
Leonard will be rested for Saturday's game against the Grizzlies, Blake Murphy of The Athletic reports.
The Raptors continue to exercise caution with Leonard, who's missed a number of back-to-backs this season and will sit out for the second straight contest. Expect Danny Green and Fred VanVleet to again start alongside Kyle Lowry, while C.J. Miles and Norman Powell could be set for increased minutes off the bench.... See More ... See Less
Raptors' Serge Ibaka: Back-to-back 20-point outings
Ibaka compiled 22 points (11-19 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 0-2 FT), six rebounds, one assist and one block across 31 minutes Thursday in the Raptors' 111-109 win over the Suns.
Ibaka saw an uncharacteristic spike in usage during the Raptors' back-to-back set versus Boston and Phoenix, clearing 20 points in both contests while putting up 40 total shots. In the case of Thursday's game, there was more volume to go around for Ibaka and Toronto's other complementary options with Kawhi Leonard sitting out for rest. With Leonard on track to return to action Saturday against the Grizzlies, it would probably be wise to expect Ibaka to veer closer to the 12.7 field-goal attempts per game that he's averaging for the season.... See More ... See Less
Raptors' OG Anunoby: Still away from team
Anunoby (personal) will not play in Saturday's game against the Grizzlies, Josh Lewenberg of TSN.ca reports.
There have been no additional details reported regarding Anunoby's absence from the team, so it's unclear exactly when the second-year player is going to be back. Saturday will be Anunoby's third straight absence.... See More ... See Less
Raptors' Kyle Lowry: Approaches triple-double in win
Lowry accrued 16 points (4-15 FG, 2-10 3Pt, 6-9 FT), nine boards, eight assists and two steals across 40 minutes Thursday in the Raptors' 111-109 win over the Suns.
The Raptors initially planned to hold Lowry out for rest in the second half of the back-to-back set, but the point guard apparently talked his way into playing. It's a good thing he did, as the Raptors needed every bit of his production to hold off the lowly Suns in the narrow win. Though he flirted with a triple-double, Lowry's poor shooting since returning from a back injury Jan. 6 continues to restrict his fantasy utility. He's converting at a 32.3 percent clip from the field and 25.6 percent clip from three-point range over the past six games, dropping his season-long marks to 41.6 and 31.3 percent, respectively.... See More ... See Less
Raptors' Pascal Siakam: Cruises to another double-double
Siakam totaled 10 points (4-8 FG, 2-2 FT), 12 rebounds, five assists, two blocks and one steal across 33 minutes Thursday in the Raptors' 111-109 win over the Suns.
Though the Raptors were missing Kawhi Leonard (rest) for the second half of the back-to-back set, it didn't result in a bump in usage for Siakam, whose 12.9 percent rate was well below his season-long mark of 18.2 percent. The power forward at least made the most of the possessions that ran through him, as he provided the game-winning bucket as time expired and recorded his second-best assist total of the past seven contests. Siakam has remained a quality all-around contributor thus far in January, averaging 16.6 points, 9.0 boards, 3.8 assists, 0.9 steals, 0.9 blocks and 0.7 triples while shooting 54.9 percent from the field and 79.5 percent from the charity stripe.... See More ... See Less
Raptors' C.J. Miles: Enters rotation in return
Miles (hip) played 17 minutes off the bench and contributed 13 points (5-7 FG, 3-5 3Pt), two steals, one rebound and one assist Thursday in the Raptors' 111-109 win over the Suns.
After missing three of the previous four games with a sore right hip, Miles made a big impact on the second unit in his return to action. While this was a quality outing for Miles, he's struggled through a miserable season, with his 28.7 percent mark from beyond the arc representing his worst showing in that category since 2006-07. Miles could very well find himself out of the rotation Saturday against the Grizzlies with Kawhi Leonard on track to rejoin the lineup after resting Thursday in the second half of a back-to-back set.... See More ... See Less
Raptors' Fred VanVleet: In starting five
VanVleet will return to the starting five for Thursday's game against the Suns.
Even with Kyle Lowry in the lineup, the Raptors will go with VanVleet at the other guard spot, while Danny Green slides up to small forward in the absence of Kawhi Leonard (rest).... See More ... See Less