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Raptors' Jonas Valanciunas: Big impact in limited minutes
Valanciunas totaled 16 points (7-12 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 1-2 FT), five rebounds, and two steals in18 minutes during Tuesday's 123-99 victory over the Clippers.
Valanciunas played just 18 minutes Tuesday but still managed to score 16 points on 7-of-12 shooting. He rattled off his first 12 points in quick succession, helping the Raptors to a 13 point half-time lead. The game was over before he had a chance to impact the game in the second-half leaving his owners just a little frustrated. Despite the ever-changing role, Valanciunas is still fine to roster in standard formats as long as you are prepared for some duds along the way.... See More ... See Less
Raptors' Serge Ibaka: Scores team-high 25 points Tuesday
Ibaka ended with 25 points (11-18 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 2-2 FT), nine rebounds, three blocks, and two assists in 24 minutes during Tuesday's 123-99 victory over the Clippers.
Ibaka scored at least 20 points for the second straight game Tuesday, leading the team with 25 points while adding three blocked shots. That makes seven double-digit scoring games from his past eight, continuing his excellent start to the season. The blocks are not what they once were but he has swatted a combined seven shots over the past three games showing he can still be a defensive stopper at times.... See More ... See Less
Raptors' Fred VanVleet: Hands out career-high 14 dimes
VanVleet had five points (2-5 FG, 1-2 3Pt), 14 assists, and six rebounds in 30 minutes during Tuesday's 123-99 victory over the Clippers.
VanVleet moved into the starting lineup Tuesday, replacing Kawhi Leonard (hip) who was ruled out just prior to tipoff. He certainly made the most of the promotion, handing out a career-high 14 assists in the blowout victory. He had 10 by halftime and this line could have been much better had the game been closer. Leonard is questionable heading into tomorrows game and if he is forced out, VanVleet could once again get the starting nod.... See More ... See Less
Raptors' Kyle Lowry: Bounces back in blowout win
Lowry finished with 21 points (8-13 FG, 4-8 3Pt, 1-1 FT), seven assists, five rebounds, one steal, and one block in 31 minutes during Tuesday's 123-99 victory over the Clippers.
Lowry bounced back after a zero point performance on Sunday, going 8-of-13 from the field including 4-of-8 from the three-point line. Lowry has been struggling of late and perhaps this is the game that gets him going again. Kawhi Leonard (hip) was out which certainly gave Lowry more incentive on the offensive end. He will have to back up Wednesday when the Raptors travel to Oakland to face the Warriors.... See More ... See Less
Raptors' Delon Wright: Returns Tuesday
Wright (eye) returned to Tuesday's game against the Clippers, Mike Ganter of the Toronto Sun reports.
Wright was poked in the eye earlier in the contest, but he was able to return. It's possible he lands on the injury report for Wednesday's game against the Warriors.... See More ... See Less
Raptors' Delon Wright: Poked in eye, goes to locker room
Wright was poked in the eye and went to the locker room during Tuesday's game against the Clippers, Mike Ganter of the Toronto Sun reports.
It's unclear if Wright will return. If he misses time, Fred VanVleet and Lorenzo Brown could see extra run.... See More ... See Less
Raptors' Fred VanVleet: Starting Tuesday
VanVleet will start Tuesday against the Clippers, Blake Murphy of The Athletic reports.
With Kawhi Leonard (hip) out, coach Nick Nurse will opt to go small, starting VanVleet next to Kyle Lowry. In three previous starts this season, VanVleet has averaged 14.7 points, 4.7 assists and 2.7 rebounds in 32.8 minutes.... See More ... See Less
Raptors' Kawhi Leonard: Out Tuesday
Leonard (hip) is out Tuesday against the Clippers, Josh Lewenberg of TSN.ca reports.
A bruised right hip will keep Leonard out for the first half of a back-to-back set, and he should be considered questionable for Wednesday's game against the Warriors. With Leonard out against LA, OG Anunoby and Fred VanVleet could be in line for expanded roles.... See More ... See Less
Raptors' Kawhi Leonard: Game-time decision Tuesday
Leonard is questionable for Tuesday's game against the Clippers due to a bruised right hip, Tim Bontemps of The Washington Post reports.
Leonard logged 37 minutes in Sunday's loss to Milwaukee, so it's unclear as to when he picked up the injury. With head coach Nick Nurse away from the team to deal with a personal matter, assistant coach Adrian Griffin stated that Leonard would play in Los Angeles 'to the best of his knowledge', per Michael Grange of SportsNet.ca. Despite Griffin's comments, Leonard's availability won't be confirmed until closer to tip.... See More ... See Less
Raptors' Fred VanVleet: Shines off bench
VanVleet scored a season-high 19 points (7-12 FG, 5-7 3Pt) and added two rebounds, two assists and one steal across 27 minutes off the bench Sunday in the Raptors' 104-99 loss to the Bucks.
With Kyle Lowry (zero points on 0-for-5 shooting from the field) sputtering offensively, VanVleet provided the Raptors with a needed lift off the bench. The reserve guard's efforts weren't enough to hold off the Bucks, but VanVleet showed enough here to make for a decent speculative pickup in the event the Raptors decide to shut Lowry down for a brief spell. Lowry missed the Raptors' first game of December with a back issue and could still be impacted by the injury in light of his recent form. Over the past four games, the starting point guard has averaged just 3.8 points while shooting 14.3 percent from the field.... See More ... See Less
Raptors' Kyle Lowry: Held scoreless in loss
Lowry finished with no points (0-5 FG, 0-5 3Pt), seven assists, five rebounds and one block across 34 minutes in Sunday's 104-99 loss to the Bucks.
Lowry averaged a double-double through the Raptors' eight October games (18.5 points and 11.1 assists), but saw his marks in those categories plummet to 13.7 and 9.9, respectively, in November. That downturn was already difficult enough for fantasy managers to stomach, but the point guard has inexplicably been even worse through his first four outings in December. Lowry has now failed to score more than seven points in any of those contests while shooting a disastrous 14.3 percent from the floor and 12 percent from three-point range. Those percentages obviously won't stick and some positive regression will surely be forthcoming, but Lowry may struggle to re-emerge as a regular high-teens scorer for the Raptors now that third-year forward Pascal Siakam and a resurgent Serge Ibaka have proven capable of shouldering more of the scoring burden alongside offseason pickup Kawhi Leonard.... See More ... See Less
Raptors' Norman Powell: Likely out another week
Coach Nick Nurse said Powell (shoulder) is unlikely to return during the team's upcoming road trip, which begins Tuesday and runs through Dec. 16, Eric Koreen of The Athletic reports.
Powell has been sidelined since Nov. 4 with a dislocated shoulder. While he didn't suffer any setback, per Josh Lewenberg of TSN.ca, he's apparently further away from returning than the Raptors initially hoped. Assuming Powell doesn't return during the team's four-game road trip, his next chance to take the court will come Dec. 19 against the Pacers.... See More ... See Less
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