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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
Raptors' Pascal Siakam: Considered day-to-day
Siakam is considered day-to-day after taking a hard fall on his back in Friday's loss to the Trail Blazers, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
Siakam finished the game with ten points (3-8 FG, 2-4 3PT, 2-2 FT) and four boards in just 25 minutes. His limited minutes were due to the fall that injured his back. While the injury does not sound serious, his status for Sunday's matchup with the Nuggets is uncertain at the moment. With Jonas Valanciunas (finger) already sidelined, Greg Monroe could be in line for some more run should Siakam ultimately miss any time. Expect an update once the Raptors provide an update on the situation.... See More ... See Less
Raptors' Fred VanVleet: Starts again Friday
VanVleet will draw another spot start at point guard Friday against Portland, Eric Smith of Sportsnet 590 The Fan reports.
With Kyle Lowry ruled out due to back spasms, VanVleet will benefit from the start and likely an increase in minutes. In games this season where Lowry hasn't played, VanVleet has averaged 35.5 minutes over four matchups.... See More ... See Less
Raptors' Kyle Lowry: Out Friday
Lowry (thigh) has been ruled out for Friday's game against the Trail Blazers, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Lowry was a surprising addition to Toronto's injury report, and although he was initially listed as questionable, he's been officially been declared out due reports of both a thigh bruise and back spasms. Fred VanVleet figures to draw the start at point guard with Lowry on the shelf.... See More ... See Less
Raptors' Kawhi Leonard: Cleared to play
Leonard (hip) will take the court Friday against Portland, Eric Smith of Sportsnet 590 The Fan reports.
Leonard will return to action after missing Toronto's previous two matchups due to a bruised right hip. He'll presumably rejoin the starting lineup and handle his normal workload.... See More ... See Less
Raptors' Kyle Lowry: Listed as questionable
Lowry is listed as questionable for Friday's matchup against the Trail Blazers due to back spasms, Peter Socotch of NBC Northwest reports.
Lowry was a late addition to the injury report ahead of Friday's contest against Portland because of lingering back spasms. It's unknown at the moment when the veteran point guard started to experience the back spasms and its not clear how severe Lowry's injury is. It's still somewhat likely though that Lowry plays Friday, but if the Raptors are too concerned with his healthy and ultimately rule him out, Fred VanVleet will probably step into the starting point guard role.... See More ... See Less