Player News - Raptors

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Norman Powell got hot off the bench during Sunday's blowout win over the Knicks, tallying 21 points, one 3-pointer, one rebound, one steal and two turnovers in 24 minutes.

Powell went 7-of-13 from the field and 6-of-6 from the charity stripe, giving him a solid true shooting percentage of 67.1 on the evening as he took advantage of the Knicks' lackluster effort on defense. Powell got some extended minutes tonight with the game being a blowout, but as long as DeMarre Carroll is healthy, Powell's playing time will be too inconsistent to depend on him in standard settings.
Jan 15 - 7:11 PM

Jonas Valanciunas double-doubled in his 28 minutes of action during Sunday's 116-101 blowout victory over the Knicks, tallying 12 points, 16 rebounds, one assist and two turnovers.

Ever since head coach Dwane Casey challenged Valanciunas to earn his minutes by dominating his matchup, JV has been a double-double machine owning averages of 14.0 points, 12.3 rebounds, 1.0 block and just 1.2 turnovers per contest on 53.1 percent shooting, which has been good enough for top-50 value in standard 9-cat leagues. After the game, Casey said that there are "no excuses" for Valanciunas to not "dominate" the boards, and he's been pleased with JV's performance as of late.
Jan 15 - 6:54 PM

DeMar DeRozan scored 23 points on 8-of-17 shooting during Sunday's blowout win over the Knicks, to go with five rebounds, five assists and two turnovers in 28 minutes.

The Raptors flexed their muscles in this one, going on a 21-2 run to open up the second half of action, which allowed Kyle Lowry, Jonas Valanciunas, DeMarre Carroll and DeRozan to watch the entire fourth quarter of action from the sidelines. The Raptors have what should be some easy wins coming up with a back-to-back set against the Nets (Tuesday) and 76ers (Wednesday), so DeRozan's minutes could be on the lower spectrum to open up Week-13.
Jan 15 - 6:46 PM

Kyle Lowry scored 16 points on 6-of-10 shooting Sunday, to go with two 3-pointers, four rebounds, nine assists, one steal, one block and just one turnover in 28 minutes.

Lowry finished the game with a plus/minus rating of +35, and he ranks No. 6 overall on the year in total plus/minus with 323. He's had a strong first half of the year, churning out first-round value while hitting career-highs in points (22.4), triples (3.3), field goal percentage (47.8) and 3-point percentage (51.0), so hopefully he can avoid the injury bug to close out the year.
Jan 15 - 6:36 PM

Patrick Patterson (sore left knee) will not play Sunday vs. the Knicks.

He will miss his second game in a row, but the Raptors are likely being cautious based on coach Dwane Casey's comments earlier in the week. With Patterson out, the Raptors are going to roll with Lucas Nogueira at the four, but that might not be ideal if the Knicks start Lance Thomas in place of Kristaps Porzingis (Achilles). Nogueira had 10 points, nine rebounds, four blocks and two assists in his last start.
Jan 15 - 1:57 PM

Jared Sullinger (foot) said he won't set a return date despite being cleared for practice.

"My main focus is just trying to get my legs back under me," Sullinger said. "I feel like everybody else is in tip-top shape and I’m just lagging. I can’t keep up with [Jakob Poeltl] off the dribble, so, I got a lot of work to do." He added that he has "no lungs" right now, so it's going to take him a while to get into shape. Sully is going to be limited right out of the gate, so he's more of a stash in deeper leagues for now. He will eventually be the starting power forward.
Source: Toronto Sun
Jan 15 - 10:19 AM

Patrick Patterson (sore left knee) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game vs. the Knicks.

Patterson returned to play two games earlier this week but was then forced to sit out Friday night, although coach Dwane Casey said that it is more of a precaution. Lucas Nogueira started in place of Patterson on Friday, finishing with 10 points and nine rebounds in 30 minutes. Pascal Siakam or Norman Powell could also see increased minutes, based on matchups, if Patterson misses more time.
Source: NBA.com
Jan 14 - 1:16 PM

Kyle Lowry filled it up against the Nets during a 132-113 win on Friday, scoring 20 points with six rebounds, six assists, two steals, two blocks and three 3-pointers.

Those 132 points are a franchise record in a non-OT game. Obviously Lowry's fantasy owners know how good Lowry is with his No. 8 rank on the season, but Lowry is still under appreciated in most NBA circles. Lowry has a 2015-16 Steph-like 64.2 true shooting percentage and is second in the Eastern Conference for real plus minus. He should be starting in the All-Star Game. He may not be this good the rest of the way, but he should still be able to post elite value.
Jan 13 - 11:31 PM

DeMarre Carroll had his first double-double as a Raptor on Friday, scoring 18 points with 11 rebounds and three 3-pointers in 29 minutes against the Nets.

It's taken a very long time for the Raptors to see some dividends on their four-year, $60 million deal from the summer of 2015. Well, it's happening over their last three, averaging 18.3 points, 7.7 boards, 0.7 steals and 4.0 treys. Carroll has to be owned in all standard leagues.
Jan 13 - 11:26 PM

Lucas Nogueira scored 10 points with nine rebounds, two assists and four blocks in 30 minutes against the Nets on Friday.

He has been great when teams attack him as a weak-side helper and with his 2.0 blocks per game in just 26.4 minutes per game over his last five. For what it's worth, the Nogueira and Jonas Valanciunas lineup didn't even work today in this blowout win with a -6.9 net rating in 12 minutes, and it's only a so-so +2.2 in their last 15 games -- used in seven games in that span. Bebe should still be owned in standard leagues.
Jan 13 - 11:21 PM

Jonas Valanciunas scored 14 points with 10 rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block in 25 minutes against the Nets on Friday.

It wasn't a dominating line, but Valanciunas defended well in the paint and his rebounding is a positive -- he had a game-high three offensive boards, as well. He also went to the line, which is another thing both coach Dwane Casey and general manager Masai Ujiri want to see. After a little lull, JV is trending up again.
Jan 13 - 11:09 PM

Cory Joseph made all seven shots from the field for 16 points against the Nets on Friday with four rebounds, seven assists, two steals and one 3-pointer in 22 minutes.

He was limping in the first half after stepping on Rondae Hollis-Jefferson's foot, but he didn't need to miss time after the trainers looked at him briefly. His 7-of-7 shooting line marked his highest total in a game with 100 percent from the field, topping his 6-of-6 from Apr. 8, 2016. Joseph won't have too much value while Kyle Lowry is playing so many minutes.
Jan 13 - 11:06 PM

Lucas Nogueira is getting the start at power forward against the Nets on Friday.

Going with Bebe against the NBA's fastest team is an interesting move, so we'll see how it works for the Raptors. He's made two previous starts at PF, averaging 6.5 points, 7.0 boards, 2.0 assists, 1.5 blocks and 1.5 steals. He's worth owning in standard leagues right now.
Jan 13 - 7:13 PM

Patrick Patterson (knee) will not play Friday against the Nets.

Coach Dwane Casey said that it is more of a precaution. He didn't exactly look right with 21 minutes and going scoreless on Tuesday. Against Trevor Booker at the four, the Raptors could be looking at Lucas Nogueira as the starter. They could also go with more small-ball lineups against the fastest team in the NBA.
Jan 13 - 5:52 PM

General manager Masai Ujri said the Raptors haven't noticed Jonas Valanciunas playing with the same "feistiness" in the last three weeks.

Ujiri said Valanciunas has it in him and he's fine with how JV can have bad games. Coach Dwane Casey has also said he wants JV to dominate down low, so Ujiri and Casey are on the same page there. He's come off a big game with 18 points and 23 boards, so expect him to feast against a fast-paced Nets team tonight.
Jan 13 - 3:35 PM


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