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Raptors' Kyle Lowry: Quiet in blowout win
Lowry posted eight points (3-11 FG, 2-8 3 Pt), eight assists, seven rebounds and three steals across 29 minutes in Saturday's 122-83 win over the Bulls.
Lowry really wasn't needed in this game, but he did post a plus-minus of +33 on the night, so his contributions as a ball distributor and rebounder certainly affected his teammates. He didn't shoot particularly well, but owners shouldn't be too concerned about the low scoring. He'll usually make up for any shooting shortcomings with a decent assortment of ancillary stats.... See More ... See Less
Raptors' Pascal Siakam: Puts up 12 points in start
Siakam logged 12 points (4-10 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 4-4 FT), eight rebounds, five assists, a steal and a blocked shot across 29 minutes in Saturday's 122-83 win over the Bulls.
Siakam continues to start and the combo of Siakam and Serge Ibaka in the starting lineup has essentially shut Jonas Valanciunas out of his normal complement of minutes. This pattern hasn't deviated and it appears that Kawhi prefers the current setup. It's good news for Siakam owners, but anyone fielding Valanciunas might need to reevaluate their options.... See More ... See Less
Raptors' Danny Green: Logs perfect shooting night in win
Green posted 17 points (7-7 FG, 3-3 3Pt), four rebounds, three assists and a steal across 26 minutes in Saturday's 122-83 win over the Bulls.
Although Green already has a starting role for Toronto, he was called upon do some extra work with Kawhi Leonard (rest) on the bench. He went a perfect 7-for-7 from the floor and went 3-for-3 from long range. Green's floor can be a little unsteady but he produces enough to warrant consideration if you need help at the guard position.... See More ... See Less
Raptors' Fred VanVleet: Scores team-high 18 points in start
VanVleet recorded 18 points (7-11 FG, 4-7 3Pt), four rebounds, four assists, a steal and a blocked shot across 29 minutes in Saturday's 122-83 win over the Bulls.
With Kawhi Leonard (rest) and a host of others sitting on Saturday, VanVleet got the starting nod and it appears that the spot start was just what the doctor ordered, as the reserve guard has struggled to produce this season. Coming into tonight's game he was converting only 36.1 percent of his shots in limited action. Saturday was a big turnaround, but expectations should be tempered as he'll return to the bench when the standard starting five is active.... See More ... See Less
Raptors' Fred VanVleet: Starting Saturday
VanVleet will start Saturday against the Bulls, Ryan Wolstat of the Toronto Sun reports.
With Kawhi Leonard (rest) out, coach Nick Nurse will opt to move Danny Green up to small forward, opening up the shooting guard spot for VanVleet. When seeing at least 25 minutes this season, VanVleet has averaged 13.8 points, 5.8 assists and 4.0 rebounds.... See More ... See Less
Raptors' OG Anunoby: Out Saturday
Anunoby (wrist) is out Saturday against the Bulls, Ryan Wolstat of the Toronto Sun reports.
Anunoby's sprained right wrist is causing him too much pain to play. With Kawhi Leonard (rest) also out, coach Nick Nurse may turn to the likes of Danny Green, Delon Wright and Pascal Siakam to help with the forward minutes.... See More ... See Less
Raptors' C.J. Miles: Out Saturday
Miles (groin) is out Saturday against the Bulls, Ryan Wolstat of the Toronto Sun reports.
Miles was upgraded to questionable, but will ultimately miss Saturday's game. It marks his third straight absence.... See More ... See Less
Raptors' OG Anunoby: Deemed questionable Saturday
Anunoby (wrist) is considered questionable for Saturday's game against the Bulls, Ryan Wolstat of the Toronto Sun reports.
Anunoby injured his wrist in Friday's loss to the Celtics and was unable to return. He is likely a true game-time decision Saturday. Should he play, he could be in for a bigger role than usual due to Kawhia Leonard's (rest) absence.... See More ... See Less
Raptors' Kawhi Leonard: Confirmed out Saturday
Leonard (rest) has been officially ruled out for Saturday's game against the Bulls, Blake Murphy of The Athletic reports.
As expected, Leonard will sit out the second half of the back-to-back, as has been the case so far this season. In his absence, OG Anunoby (wrist), Danny Green and Pascal Siakim could all see expanded roles.... See More ... See Less
Raptors' C.J. Miles: Upgraded to questionable Saturday
The Raptors have listed Miles (groin) as questionable for Saturday's matchup with the Bulls, Blake Murphy of The Athletic reports.
Miles was expected to miss the next three games on the Raptors, but it looks like he has a had a quick recovery. Still, his status is not expected to be determined until tip-off approaches. With Kawhi Leonard (rest) out, he could see a relatively healthy workload.... See More ... See Less
Raptors' Kawhi Leonard: Listed as out Saturday
Leonard will not play Saturday against the Bulls, Raptors reporter Kevin Rashidi reports.
The team is yet to officially comment on Leonard's status, but given that he's sat out one half of back-to-backs to date, Leonard taking a seat Saturday would make sense. In Friday's loss to the Celtics, Leonard played 43 minutes and finished with 31 points and 15 boards.... See More ... See Less
Raptors' Kawhi Leonard: Listed as probable
Leonard (rest) is listed as probable for Saturday's game against the Bulls, Chuck Swirsky of the Bulls Radio Network reports.
The Raptors have been very cautious with Leonard in regards to back-to-back sets this season, as he has yet to play in both. However, lack of depth at small forward could require his availability against the Bulls. With C.J. Miles (groin) and Norman Powell (shoulder) out, and OG Anunoby (wrist) questionable, Leonard's presence at small forward could be be even more essential than usual. Still, if the team felt it was in his best interest they would likely sit him out. So, as of now his probable designation indicates he is trending toward suiting up, but his status should be checked closer to tip-off.... See More ... See Less
Raptors' Kawhi Leonard: Could sit out Saturday
Leonard could be held out of Saturday's game against Chicago on the second night of a back-to-back, Ryan Wolstat of the Toronto Sun reports.
The Raptors have been cautious with Leonard's workload on back-to-backs thus far, so recent history suggests he'll sit out Saturday after playing 43 minutes in an overtime loss to Boston on Friday. Look for official confirmation on Leonard's status from the Raptors later in the day.... See More ... See Less
Raptors' Serge Ibaka: Scores 21 in OT loss to Celtics
Ibaka scored 21 points (8-15 FG, 2-3 3Pt, 3-3 FT) while adding four rebounds, a steal and a block in 34 minutes during Friday's 123-116 overtime loss to the Celtics.
The veteran big man continues to thrive in new Raptors coach Nick Nurse's rotation at center. Despite seeing only 27.1 minutes a night -- his lowest workload since he was a 20-year-old kid with the Thunder in 2010-11 -- Ibaka is averaging a career-high 17.6 points a game, and his 8.1 boards a game is his best performance in that category in five years.... See More ... See Less
Raptors' Kawhi Leonard: Pours in team-high 31 in OT loss
Leonard scored 31 points (11-25 FG, 0-3 3Pt, 9-11 FT) while adding 15 rebounds, four assists and three steals in 43 minutes during Friday's 123-116 overtime loss to the Celtics.
He had a chance to win it for the Raptors at the end of regulation, but his fadeaway jumper was just off the mark. The double-double was Leonard's fourth of the season, and he's struck for 30 or more points four times as well. While Toronto is making sure he gets plenty of rest in the early going, the 27-year-old has looked every inch a franchise player when he's been on the court, averaging 24.8 points, a career-high 8.4 boards, 3.3 assists, 1.8 steals and 1.3 three-pointers through his first dozen games with his new squad.... See More ... See Less
Raptors' OG Anunoby: Will not return Friday
Anunoby will not return to Friday's game against the Celtics due to a sprained right wrist, Eric Koreen of The Athletic reports.
While the severity of the injury is unknown, it will keep Anunoby out for the rest of the evening. He had compiled five points (2-3 FG, 1-2 3PT) in nine minutes before exiting. Expect an update on his status once the Raptors provide more information.... See More ... See Less
Raptors' Jonas Valanciunas: Coming off bench Friday
Valanciunas will come off the bench Friday against the Celtics, Ryan Wolstat of the Toronto Sun reports.
With Serge Ibaka healthy and returning to the starting five, Valanciunas will go to the bench. He's averaging 13.1 points, 7.5 rebounds, 1.1 blocks and 1.1 assists across 19.4 minutes.... See More ... See Less