Player News - Raptors

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Dwane Casey said that Kyle Lowry has to get his "weight back down this summer."

This comes minutes after Lowry failed to endorse Casey as the head coach, so things are going well in Toronto. Casey said that Lowry came into the season in great shape, but struggled to regain that form after his injury late in the season. We don't have any reason to doubt Lowry will be motivated heading into next season.
Apr 27 - 1:05 PM

Patrick Patterson revealed that he'd prefer to start, but he's happy to play any role the Raptors ask of him.

"Of course I'd love to start. What NBA player wouldn't want to start?" Patterson's reiteration that he's willing to play any role for the Raptors so long as it's consistent is going to save him here, and with Amir Johnson's impending free agency, it's very possible Patterson gets his wish as soon as next season.
Apr 27 - 12:16 PM

Kyle Lowry failed to endorse Dwane Casey as Raptors head coach on Monday.

It sure sounds like Lowry is throwing his coach under the bus. "There is a few things internally that probably need to be fixed," Lowry said. And when asked for his opinion about Casey, Lowry said, "I respect Casey as a man." Casey is skating on thin ice, and his meeting with GM Masai Ujiri promises to be an uncomfortable one.
Apr 27 - 12:07 PM

Lou Williams' terrific 2014-15 season ended on Sunday, as he racked up 14 points, two 3-pointers and one rebound in 25 minutes during a Game 4 loss in D.C.

Williams beat a tough field to earn Sixth Man of the Year honors and he'll have plenty of suitors when he hits free agency this summer. The 28-year-old combo guard averaged a career-high 15.5 points this season with 1.9 three-pointers, 1.9 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.1 steals in only 25.2 minutes per game. He's a solid fantasy target in the late rounds, though his value depends largely on his decisions as a free agent.
Apr 26 - 10:00 PM

Kyle Lowry navigated more foul trouble during Game 4 to finish a season-ending blowout with 21 points, two 3-pointers, eight rebounds, four assists and a game-high six turnovers.

Toronto's terrific run after Rudy Gay's departure was almost too good to be true, and they've finished the season with more questions than answers. The good news is that GM Masai Ujiri has multiple routes to fortify the roster this summer -- in addition to the draft and trade options, Toronto will have only nine players with guaranteed contracts. They won't have to worry about Lowry, as their All-Star point guard remains under contract through 2016-17.
Apr 26 - 10:00 PM

Amir Johnson scored four points, grabbed three rebounds and blocked one shot in 26 minutes during Sunday's Game 4 defeat vs. the Wizards.

Johnson heads into unrestricted free agency this summer and there's a good chance he won't return to Toronto, where he's spent six of his 10 seasons in the NBA. He was limited by nagging injuries for most of the 2014-15 season but still played in 75 games this season, one reason he was able to crack the top-100 in 8-cat and 9-cat fantasy leagues.
Apr 26 - 9:51 PM

The Raptors were trounced in Sunday's season-ending loss, during which Terrence Ross scored three points with two rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block.

This marks the first time in franchise history that Toronto has been swept in a seven-game playoff series, and it abruptly ends their surprising march into the No. 4 seed in the East. Ross started 61 games for Toronto this season but it wasn't always smooth sailing, and he backslid in scoring (-1.1 points), FG percentage (-1.3 percent), rebounds (-0.3) and steals (-0.2). We'll keep a close watch on his progress this summer.
Apr 26 - 9:51 PM

DeMar DeRozan scored 32 points on 11-of-29 shooting (3-of-6 3PTs, 7-of-7 FTs) with six rebounds, six assists and one steal in Friday's Game 3 loss to the Wizards.

DeRozan and Kyle Lowry were both guilty of bad shot selection and going down 3-0 the backcourt play has been a big storyline in this series. Of course, both engaged in trash talk with Paul Pierce and it's fair to wonder if they lost focus as things started to spin out of control. Game 4 is on Sunday in Washington.
Apr 24 - 11:02 PM

Amir Johnson moved into the starting lineup and double-doubled in Friday's Game 3 loss to the Wizards, scoring 14 points on 6-of-7 shooting with 12 rebounds, three assists, one steal and one block in 33 minutes.

Johnson is a gamer and he'll bring his gimpy ankles into Sunday's Game 4 with reckless abandon, and as long as we don't get any bad news he could be a sneaky low-end play in DFS leagues.
Apr 24 - 10:57 PM

Kyle Lowry hit just 5-of-22 shots in Friday's Game 3 loss to the Wizards, finishing with 15 points, four rebounds, seven assists, four steals and three treys in 38 minutes.

Lowry came into the game with an illness, a shin contusion and a bad back. He hasn't been himself all series long and it's a big reason the Raptors have yet to win a game in the series. It's hard to see him getting back to 100 percent before Game 4 on Sunday.
Apr 24 - 10:55 PM

Ami Johnson will start at power forward in place of Tyler Hansbrough in Game 3 on Friday.

Hansbrough literally had nothing positive to offer on the stat sheet in 12 minutes on Saturday with only one foul and one missed field goal attempt. The Wizards led the NBA in player efficiency rating allowed to power forwards this regular season, so Johnson may have a tough time putting up a big line. He'll also really need to avoid foul trouble, which is a problem for him. Patrick Patterson should also play more than Psycho T.
Apr 24 - 7:03 PM

Kyle Lowry is dealing with an illness in addition to his shin contusion, but he's expected to be in uniform for Friday's Game 3 in Washington.

Lowry didn't do much on the court during Friday morning's shootaround, but all signs are pointing towards him giving it a go in a must-win game for the Raptors. He hasn't played very well at all through the first two games of the series, and while he's not going to make any excuses, his health has certainly been a factor in his less-than-stellar performances. He's a risky daily league play.
Apr 24 - 12:41 PM

Raptors beat reporter Josh Lewenberg is speculating that Amir Johnson or Patrick Patterson could replace Tyler Hansbrough in the starting lineup for Friday's Game 3 against the Wizards.

Tyler Hansbrough has been painfully ineffective as the starting power forward for the Raptors through their first two playoff games against Washington, so it would be far from shocking to see head coach Dwane Casey alter his rotations for a crucial Game 3. Johnson gives Toronto a bit more of a defensive presence, while Patterson's range should be able to take some pressure off DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry. Stay tuned.

The Raptors are embracing a must-win mentality for a crucial Game 3 against the Wizards in Washington on Friday.

"It's a must-win for us," said Kyle Lowry. "Going down 3-0 would be very disheartening. One win. That's what we've got to focus on. One win, one game, one possession at a time." Lowry is clearly playing at less than 100 percent, but all signs are pointing towards Lowry suiting up for tonight's game. While the series won't end with a loss during Game 3 for the Raptors, it will essentially be over. Out of the 110 teams in NBA history that have dug themselves into a 0-3 hole, none have emerged victorious. Lowry will need to step up in a big way for the Raptors to have any shot at swinging this series in the other direction.
Source: TSN.com
Apr 24 - 10:39 AM

Kyle Lowry (shin) was a full participant during Thursday's practice, and he said he will play in Game 3 on Friday vs. the Wizards.

All signs are pointing towards Lowry suiting up for a crucial Game 3 in Washington, and hopefully he can turn the corner after a rough first two games in which he averaged just 6.5 points, 4.0 assists, 0.5 steals and 2.0 turnovers per game on 25.0 percent shooting from the field. He's clearly not playing at 100 percent, but the Raptors simply need more from him if they hope to have any chance of advancing past the first round.
Apr 23 - 2:36 PM


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