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Raptors' C.J. Miles: Out Friday
Miles (groin) is out Friday at Boston, Doug Smith of the Toronto Star reports.
As expected, Miles will be absent for Friday's contest against the Celtics due to a strained groin. Per reports, Miles is also expected to miss the next three games as well.... See More ... See Less
Raptors' Serge Ibaka: Will play Friday
Ibaka will be active for Friday's game against the Celtics, Eric Smith of Sportsnet 590 The Fan reports.
As expected, Ibaka has been cleared to play after being sidelined for Wednesday's game with a sore right knee. Ibaka played 34 minutes the last time Toronto played the Celtics, and given the way Boston uses smaller lineups, the big man will likely see more minutes than normal again given his versatility on defense.... See More ... See Less
Raptors' Danny Green: Good to go Friday
Green (back) will play in Friday's game against the Celtics, Eric Smith of Sportsnet 590 The Fan reports.
Green was forced out of Wednesday's loss to the Pistons due to back tightness, but it will not impact his status for Friday's contest. Expect Green to start and play his regular dosage of around 25 minutes in Boston.... See More ... See Less
Raptors' C.J. Miles: Expected to miss road trip
Miles (groin) isn't expected to travel with the Raptors on their four-game road trip that begins Friday in Boston, Eric Koreen of The Athletic reports.
The Raptors have yet to provide official word on Miles' status beyond ruling him out ahead of Wednesday's 106-104 loss to the Pistons. Toronto will presumably reassess Miles' condition Thursday before determining if he can realistically play in the team's next four games while he battles the right adductor strain. While both Miles and Norman Powell (shoulder) sat out Wednesday and Danny Green (back) exited early, OG Anunoby (24 minutes), Fred VanVleet (23 minutes) and Delon Wright (14 minutes) saw added run on the wing.... See More ... See Less
Raptors' Jonas Valanciunas: Posts 14 points Wednesday
Valanciunas registered 14 points (6-10 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 1-2 FT), seven rebounds and seven assists across 38 minutes in Wednesday's 106-104 loss to the Pistons.
With Serge Ibaka (knee) out, Valanciunas saw the most minutes he has all season, also in part due to the Pistons possessing Andre Drummond and Blake Griffin in the paint. Valanciunas played well and spread the floor nicely, although his five turnovers definitely hurt the team at some points. Regardless of if he starts or comes off the bench, Valanciunas has double-double potential each night, and even some nights, like Wednesday, can be a threat to hand out ten assists.... See More ... See Less
Raptors' Pascal Siakam: Scores 17 points Wednesday
Siakam totaled 17 points (8-12 FG, 1-1 3Pt, 0-1 FT), seven rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block across 29 minutes in Wednesday's 106-104 loss to the Pistons.
Siakam came up with a huge block at the end of the game, although it proved futile as the Pistons were able to beat the buzzer on the next inbound. Siakam can occasionally provide significant rebound totals while averaging consistently low assists, but his bread and butter has been scoring, as Siakam has averaged 17.2 points over 31.6 minutes in his last 10 contests, with each game being a double-digit point total.... See More ... See Less
Raptors' Greg Monroe: Pours in 17 points off bench Wednesday
Monroe collected 17 points (8-10 FG, 1-2 FT), nine rebounds and one steal across 21 minutes in Wednesday's 106-104 loss to the Pistons.
Wednesday night was Monroe's best game of the season by a long shot, playing his most minutes and tallying his most points, rebounds and steals on the year. He nearly double-doubled in 20 minutes of run, and should be given a more frequent look off the bench while Serge Ibaka (knee) is sidelined.... See More ... See Less
Raptors' Kawhi Leonard: Drops 26 points Wednesday
Leonard contributed 26 points (10-18 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 6-8 FT), nine rebounds, four assists and three steals across 35 minutes in Wednesday's 106-104 loss to the Pistons.
Despite the quality effort, this loss will be tough to swallow for Leonard, as he dribbled the ball off of his foot with two seconds remaining in the game, only to see the Pistons convert on their last-second opportunity to win the game. His shooting efficiency and steals were encouraging, but he also had a season-high six turnovers, something he will need to correct his next time out Friday against the Celtics.... See More ... See Less
Raptors' Serge Ibaka: Expected to return Friday
Ibaka (knee) is expected to play in Friday's game against the Celtics, Blake Murphy of The Athletic reports.
Ibaka missed Wednesday's game against the Pistons with a sore right knee, but it seems as though it will just be a one-game absence. It was initially reported that Ibaka was going to come off the bench prior to being ruled out, so it's uncertain if he will start or come off the bench in his return. An official ruling regarding his status will come out closer to Friday's game, but for now, all signs are pointing to Ibaka playing.... See More ... See Less
Raptors' Danny Green: Will not return Wednesday
Green is suffering from back tightness and will not return to Wednesday's game against the Pistons, Eric Smith of Sportsnet 590 The Fan reports.
The severity of the injury is unknown at this time, and Green should be considered questionable for the Raptors next contest, Friday at Boston. More information should come out after Wednesday's game. Prior to suffering the injury, Green scored five points and grabbed 2 rebounds in 20 minutes.... See More ... See Less
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