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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.... See More ... See Less
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.... See More ... See Less
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.... See More ... See Less
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.... See More ... See Less
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.... See More ... See Less
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.... See More ... See Less
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.... See More ... See Less
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.... See More ... See Less
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.... See More ... See Less
Raptors' Kyle Lowry: Dishes 11 assists in 34 minutes
Lowry registered five points (1-7 FG, 1-6 3Pt, 2-2 FT), three rebounds, 11 assists, one steal, and three blocks in 34 minutes Monday in Toronto's loss to Denver.
Lowry, returning from a single-game absence Monday, was less than stellar on offense. He did, however, still find ways to impact the game and provide some fantasy value. He posted double-digit assists for the fourth time in his past six games and posted a season-high three blocks.... See More ... See Less
Raptors' Kawhi Leonard: Scores 27 points in 35 minutes
Leonard scored 27 points (10-19 FG, 1-7 3Pt, 6-6 FT), grabbed eight rebounds and dished two assists in 35 minutes Monday as Toronto came up short against Denver.
Leonard continues to drive the Raptors who are still meshing while simultaneously establishing themselves as one of the best teams in the NBA. The veteran swingman is posting career highs in both points per game and rebounds per game. He hasn't undergone a drastic shift in how he is utilized on offense, however, it does appear that he is moving his game closer to the hoop. Leonard is taking 28-percent of his shots from within four feet of the basket, his highest clip since the 2013-14 season, while taking only 22-percent of his shots from beyond-the-arc, the second-lowest clip of his career, per Cleaning the Glass.... See More ... See Less