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Raptors' Serge Ibaka: Out Wednesday with sore knee
Ibaka will not play Wednesday against the Pistons due to a sore right knee, Josh Lewenberg of TSN reports.
The Raptors initially announced that Ibaka would come off the bench, but it's since been clarified that he'll sit out altogether. Expect Pascal Siakam, OG Anunoby and perhaps Kawhi Leonard to see increased minutes, as a result. The Raptors will also be without another rotation wing in C.J. Miles.... See More ... See Less
Raptors' Jonas Valanciunas: Will start Wednesday
Valanciunas will start Wednesday's game against the Pistons, Blake Murphy of The Athletic reports.
Valanciunas will get the starting nod after coming off the bench for the past three games. Valanciunas and Serge Ibaka have shared the starting center role the entire season, rotating in based on matchup. Valanciunas has held constant value over the season regardless of if he's starting or not and is averaging 13.0 points, 7.6 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 1.1 blocks on the season.... See More ... See Less
Raptors' Serge Ibaka: Coming off bench Wednesday
Ibaka will come off the bench Wednesday against the Pistons, Eric Smith of Sportsnet 590 The Fan reports.
Coach Nick Nurse continues to change his starting five based on matchup. Regardless of his status as a starter or bench player, Ibaka should hover around his average of 26.6 minutes per night.... See More ... See Less
Raptors' C.J. Miles: Listed out for Wednesday
Miles (groin) is listed as out for Wednesday's game against the Pistons.
Miles suffered a right adductor strain in Monday's loss to the Pelicans and did not return, and the fact that he has already been seemingly ruled out for Wednesday's contest is not a good sign. With Norman Powell (shoulder) already facing an absence of at least a month, the Raptors could be without some quality depth on the wing for quite some time, which may cause the team to recall Malachi Richardson from the G League.... See More ... See Less
Raptors' Danny Green: Only produces three points in loss
Green managed just three points (1-4 FG, 1-4 3Pt), three rebounds and a steal in 22 minutes Monday against the Pelicans.
Green had his lowest scoring output of the season and failed to make significant contributions on the defensive end. Although he is in the midst of a four-game stretch where he has failed to crack double-digits scoring, he is generally able to have more of an impact with his defensive and three point production. Overall, Green is having a solid season, averaging 10.0 points, 4.1 rebounds, 2.7 threes, 1.4 assists, 1.3 steals and 0.9 blocks per game and provides value in almost all formats with his cross-category production.... See More ... See Less
Raptors' Pascal Siakam: Scores efficiently in loss
Siakam managed 22 points (8-12 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 4-4 FT) and totaled three rebounds, three blocks, an assist and a steal in 28 minutes Monday against the Pelicans.
Siakam had another strong game with his third-straight 20-plus point performance in a row. The third-year wing is in the midst of a breakout season and is now averaging 13.3 points, 6.7 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.2 steals per game while shooting 63.4 percent from the field and 75.8 percent from the line in 27.9 minutes per game on the year -- all career bests. Siakam has firmly grabbed the starting power forward spot and is among the leagues most improved players in 2018-19. As long as he continues to play at this level, he is a must-own in standard formats.... See More ... See Less
Raptors' Serge Ibaka: Double-doubles in loss
Ibaka scored 19 points (8-16 FG, 2-6 3Pt, 1-2 FT), grabbed 14 rebounds and dished out two assists in 26 minutes during Monday's loss to the Pelicans
Ibaka tied his season-high for rebounds in his third double-double of his past five games. The addition of Kawhi Leonard and coach Nick Nurse seem to have boosted Ibaka as he is having his best season since he left Oklahoma City. The veteran big man is averaging a career-high 17.9 points to go along with 7.9 rebounds, 1.3 blocks and 1.0 assist per game on the season and is an excellent mid-tier fantasy option going forward.... See More ... See Less
Raptors' Kawhi Leonard: Scores 20 points on poor shooting
Leonard scored 20 points (7-20 FG, 1-6 3Pt, 5-5 FT) and added six rebounds, two assists a steal and a block in 33 minutes Monday against the Pelicans.
Leonard struggled shooting the ball, hitting just 7-of-20 shots from the field and 1-of-6 from behind the arc. Although his scoring volume was solid, this was the third straight game that Leonard has failed to crack 50 percent from the field. Leonard's shooting should bounce back soon, with his next opportunity being against the Pistons on Wednesday.... See More ... See Less
Raptors' Kyle Lowry: Struggles shooting the ball in loss
Lowry contributed just four points (1-9 FG, 0-6 3Pt, 2-2 FT) as well as 11 assists and two rebounds in 33 minutes Monday against the Pelicans.
Lowry had a rough night shooting the ball on Monday as he didn't hit a shot until late in the fourth quarter and finished with a season-low four points. On a positive note, he kept up his distribution totals, recording another 11 dimes and is now averaging a league-leading 11.0 helpers on the season. Monday withstanding, Lowry has been fantastic and is a primary component of the Raptors success this year. He looks to bounce back in the Raptors next game, Wednesday against the Pistons.... See More ... See Less
Raptors' C.J. Miles: Will not return Monday
Miles suffered a right adductor strain and will not return to Monday's game against the Pelicans, Eric Smith of Sportsnet 590 The Fan reports.
Miles had three points and a block when he suffered the strain midway through the second quarter. The severity of the injury is unknown at this point, but if Miles misses an extended period, Delon Wright and Malachi Richardson could see a boost in minutes.... See More ... See Less
Raptors' Jonas Valanciunas: Second straight double-double
Valanciunas scored 19 points (6-8 FG, 1-1 3Pt, 6-10 FT) while adding 10 rebounds, an assist, a steal and a block in 21 minutes off the bench during Saturday's 128-112 win over the Knicks.
The 26-year-old center appears to have learned the lesson that less can be more. Valanciunas has scored in double digits in 11 straight games despite coming off the bench in seven of them, averaging 15.5 points, 7.5 boards and 1.3 blocks in only 19.5 minutes a game over that stretch. With Serge Ibaka also off to an outstanding start to the season, don't expect coach Nick Nurse to rock the boat and alter the role of either big man.... See More ... See Less
Raptors' Pascal Siakam: Scores season-high 23 in win over Knicks
Siakam scored 23 points (6-7 FG, 3-4 3Pt, 8-9 FT) while adding three rebounds and two assists in 28 minutes during Saturday's 128-112 win over the Knicks.
He led Toronto in scoring on the afternoon, one of seven Raptors to hit for double digits, and the 23 points were a season high for the third-year forward. Siakam is blossoming under new head coach Nick Nurse -- he's scored in double digits in eight straight games while seizing hold of the starting power forward spot, averaging 16.6 points, 7.6 boards, 2.0 assists, 1.9 three-pointers and 1.6 steals over that stretch.... See More ... See Less
Raptors' Malachi Richardson: Recalled, available Saturday
Richardson was recalled from the G-League on Saturday and is available against the Knicks, Blake Murphy of The Athletic reports.
Richardson has seen spotty run with the Raptors. In seven appearances, he's played 35 minutes and totaled seven points and four rebounds.... See More ... See Less
Raptors' C.J. Miles: Cleared to play Saturday
Miles (hip) is available Saturday against the Knicks, Blake Murphy of The Athletic reports.
Miles missed Wednesday's game against the Kings due to a right hip injury. He's feeling good enough to play Saturday after going through Friday's practice.... See More ... See Less