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Raptors' Danny Green: Struggles with shot in loss
Green mustered seven points (3-9 FG, 1-4 3Pt), five rebounds and one steal across 38 minutes in the Raptors' 95-86 loss to the Nuggets on Sunday.
Green's disappointing outing came on the heels of back-to-back double-digit scoring efforts and three games with 54.5 percent or better shooting. The 10-year veteran particularly struggled from distance by shooting under 30 percent from three-point range for the second time in the last three contests. His downturn was especially ill-timed, considering it came with Kyle Lowry (thigh), Fred VanVleet (back) and Pascal Siakam (back) all sidelined. He'll look to bounce back versus the Pacers on Wednesday.... See More ... See Less
Raptors' C.J. Miles: Middling production in spot start
Miles netted six points (2-12 FG, 2-9 3Pt), four rebounds, one assist and two steals across 33 minutes in the Raptors' 95-86 loss to the Nuggets on Sunday.
Miles drew the spot start at small forward with Pascal Siakam (back) out of the lineup and Kawhi Leonard shifting to the latter's power forward spot for the night. The scoring-dependent veteran couldn't get much going with his shot, leading to the sub-par stat line. Miles remains a threat from three-point range any time he takes the floor, but his pedestrian production elsewhere on the stat sheet often leaves his fantasy owners wanting.... See More ... See Less
Raptors' Serge Ibaka: Solid performance in loss
Ibaka furnished 14 points (6-10 FG, 1-1 3Pt, 1-1 FT), seven rebounds and one block across 34 minutes in the Raptors' 95-86 loss to the Nuggets on Sunday.
Ibaka checked in third in scoring for the Raptors on the night behind Kawhi Leonard (29 points) and Delon Wright (15 points). The veteran big man has double-digit point tallies in eight of nine December contests, and he's how shot at least 60 percent in three of the past four games. Ibaka can continued to be counted on for strong scoring and rebounding contributions any time he's on the floor, especially during the multi-week absence of Jonas Valanciunas (thumb).... See More ... See Less
Raptors' Delon Wright: Productive in spot start
Wright contributed 15 points (6-12 FG, 0-4 3Pt, 3-3 FT), eight rebounds, four assists and one steal across 38 minutes in the Raptors' 95-86 loss to the Nuggets on Sunday.
Wright drew the start at point guard with both Kyle Lowry (thigh) and Fred VanVleet (back) sidelined, and he parlayed the opportunity into a productive outing. The young veteran's minutes are typically capped in the low 20s at most in his bench role, but he's shown the ability to generate solid production in the past when given sufficient playing time. Wright would presumably draw another start Wednesday against the Pacers if his aforementioned pair of teammates remain on the shelf for that contest, but the two days off between games offers at least one of them a solid chance of recovering sufficiently.... See More ... See Less
Raptors' Kawhi Leonard: Stellar effort in defeat
Leonard managed 29 points (12-21 FG, 1-6 3Pt, 4-4 FT), 14 rebounds and four assists across 38 minutes in the Raptors' 95-86 loss to the Nuggets on Sunday.
Leonard once again saw an uptick in his already voluminous usage rate with Kyle Lowry (thigh), Pascal Siakam (back) and Fred VanVleet (back) all sidelined, and he delivered a second consecutive prolific performance. The 27-year-old wing had also racked up 28 points versus the Trail Blazers in Lowry's absence Friday, and his rebound total Sunday was his highest since Nov. 16. Leonard had dealt with health concerns of his own recently in the form of a hip issue, but his performances the last two games indicate he's back at full health. He'll look to continue his torrid streak after a couple of days off when the Raptors face the Pacers on Wednesday.... See More ... See Less
Raptors' Fred VanVleet: Officially ruled out
VanVleet won't play Sunday against the Nuggets, Josh Lewenberg of TSN.ca reports.
VanVleet was listed as doubtful on Toronto's most recent injury report, so this announcement doesn't come as a surprise. Delon Wright will draw the start at point guard with both Kyle Lowry (thigh) and VanVleet sidelined.... See More ... See Less
Raptors' Delon Wright: In starting lineup Sunday
Wright will start at point guard in Sunday's game against the Nuggets, Eric Smith of Sportsnet 590 The Fan reports.
As expected, with Kyle Lowry (thigh) and Fred VanVleet (back) sidelined Sunday, Wright will get the start at point guard and should be in line for a heavy dose of minutes as a result. Lorenzo Brown is expected to operate as Wright's backup.... See More ... See Less
Raptors' C.J. Miles: Starting Sunday
Miles will draw a spot start Sunday against the Nuggets, Eric Smith of Sportsnet 590 The Fan reports.
With Pascal Siakam ruled out due to back tightness, the Raptors have elected to shift Kawhi Leonard over to power forward, opening up a spot for Miles to start. He dropped 13 points in Friday's contest against Portland but is averaging 7.0 points along with 1.4 rebounds over his previous five games.... See More ... See Less
Raptors' Fred VanVleet: Doubtful for Sunday
VanVleet is listed as doubtful for Sunday's game against the Nuggets with back soreness, Eric Koreen of The Athletic reports.
VanVleet has been dealing with a nagging back injury over the past week, and it looks as though he will miss Sunday's game. With starting point guard Kyle Lowry out, Delon Wright could jump up to the starting five if VanVleet doesn't play. More information should come out prior to Sunday's tip.... See More ... See Less
Raptors' Pascal Siakam: Ruled out Sunday
Siakam (back) has been ruled out of Sunday's game against the Nuggets, Eric Koreen of The Athletic reports.
Siakam fell hard on Friday and will miss Sunday's game with a stiff back. His next opportunity to play will be Wednesday against the Pacers, and he should be considered questionable for that contest. With Siakam out, OG Anunoby and CJ Miles could see increased action.... See More ... See Less
Raptors' Kyle Lowry: Ruled out Sunday
Lowry (thigh) will not play in Sunday's game against the Nuggets, Eric Koreen of The Athletic reports.
This will be Lowry's second straight absence as the Raptors close out their road trip out west. With Fred VanVleet now being ruled doubtful with a sore back, Toronto will be extremely light on frontcourt depth Sunday night. With that, the team will likely have to rely on Delon Wright to play heavy minutes at point guard.... See More ... See Less
Raptors' Pascal Siakam: Questionable for Sunday
Siakam (back) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Nuggets.
Siakam is experiencing back stiffness following a hard fall during Friday's loss to the Trail Blazers. The injury isn't considered serious, but the forward is at risk of missing Sunday's game. If he's sidelined, OG Anunoby would probably see an increased role.... See More ... See Less
Raptors' Kyle Lowry: Questionable for Sunday
Lowry (thigh) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Nuggets.
A bruised thigh prevented Lowry from playing Saturday against the Trail Blazers, and he's apparently still dealing with some pain. If he's sidelined again, look for Fred VanVleet to draw a second straight start.... See More ... See Less
Raptors' Serge Ibaka: Plays 35 minutes Friday
Ibaka totaled 18 points (8-12 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 2-2 FT), six rebounds, one assist, and one block in 35 minutes during Friday's 128-122 loss to the Trail Blazers.
Ibaka Continued his impressive start to the season Friday despite the loss. He has now scored in double-figures in all but two of his games this season, while also averaging 7.5 rebounds and 1.4 blocks. He is the 36th ranked player in standard formats and has been one of the more surprising players across the league.... See More ... See Less
Raptors' Fred VanVleet: Season-high 21 points Friday
VanVleet ended with 21 points (7-11 FG, 3-5 3Pt, 4-5 FT), eight assists, and four rebounds in 38 minutes during Friday's 128-122 loss to the Trail Blazers.
VanVleet remained in the starting lineup Friday, replacing Kyle Lowry (thigh) who was ruled out prior to tip-off. VanVleet has proven himself more than capable of running the offense and continues to benefit from the injuries to other players. If Lowry is forced to miss another game, VanVleet would become a must-add player.... See More ... See Less
Raptors' Danny Green: First double-double of the season
Green had 19 points (6-9 FG, 5-7 3Pt, 2-2 FT), 11 rebounds, and two blocks in 36 minutes during Friday's 128-122 loss to Portland.
Green pooped off for his first double-double of the season, finishing with 19 points and 11 rebounds in the six-point loss. That makes back-to-back games with at least 15 points for Green, who has been a fantastic addition to the Raptors roster. Jonas Valanciunas (thumb) is slated to miss the next month which is going to mean more rebounds are available although Green is unlikely to reproduce these kinds of numbers all too often.... See More ... See Less
Raptors' Kawhi Leonard: Scores 28 points in return Friday
Leonard finished with 28 points (8-17 FG, 4-7 3Pt, 8-10 FT), six rebounds, four assists, and one steal in 38 minutes during Friday's 128-122 loss to Portland.
Leonard returned after missing two straight games with a hip injury, logging 38 minutes in the six-point loss. Leonard came alive in the second half as the Raptors fell behind by 16 points midway through the fourth quarter. Leonard is the fifth-ranked player so far this season, increasing to the second-ranked player over the past two weeks. He will get a night off before another crucial matchup against the Denver Nuggets on Sunday.... See More ... See Less