Player News - Raptors

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DeMar DeRozan made 1-of-10 from the field for six points during a 94-83 win over the Lakers on Friday, adding 10 boards, seven assists, one steal and one turnover.

He really has to take it easy on his jumpers. In his last nine games, DeRozan has made just 25.8 percent on his jump shots, which account for 44.9 percent of his shot total. He's also struggled all over the court on shooting, averaging 20.1 points, 6.7 boards, 4.3 assists, 0.6 steals and 0.6 treys on 37.0 percent from the field in that span. Considering he's taking 15.3 shots per game, he's one of the worst guys for field goal percentage right now.
Mar 28 - 1:39 AM

Greivis Vasquez scored five points with one rebound, five assists and one 3-pointer against the Lakers on Friday.

It's been DeMar DeRozan and Lou Williams handling the ball more for the Raptors, so there have been some quiet nights from Vasquez lately. Kyle Lowry (back) doesn't seem to be progressing and he could miss more time. If you need a point guard who can hit some treys, give him a look.
Mar 28 - 1:34 AM

Jonas Valanciunas made 8-of-12 from the field for 19 points with seven rebounds, one block and two turnovers against the Lakers on Friday.

He attempted the first five shots from the field for the Raptors tonight and was clearly part of the plan against a weaker frontcourt. His 19 points tonight were his highest since Mar. 4 and he made over 50 percent from the field for the first time since Mar. 18. Valanciunas will get the Rockets on Monday -- they are playing in the second half of a back-to-back set for that game.
Mar 28 - 1:28 AM

Kyle Lowry (back) has been ruled out for Friday's game vs. the Lakers.

Lowry has said that he won't rush a return, but the Raptors have not given any clear timeline on when he might be able to return to action. While he's out, Greivis Vasquez will continue to start at point guard, with Lou Williams and DeMar DeRozan being tasked with some more responsibilities on offense. We'll be considering him questionable for Monday's game vs. the Rockets, stay tuned.

The Raptors have recalled Lucas Nogueira from the D-League.

Nogeuira averaged 8.3 points, 10.0 rebounds, 2.0 blocks over 20.0 minutes in four games during his latest stint with the Fort Wayne Mad Ants, but he's unlikely to see much time with the Raptors. While Bebe could be a factor in the Raptors' future plans, he can be left on the waiver wire for this season.
Mar 26 - 11:43 AM

DeMar DeRozan scored 20 points during a 116-103 loss to the Bulls on Wednesday with two rebounds, five assists and one steal in 39 minutes.

He has become more of a facilitator for the Raptors, but he still made just 7-of-19 from the field. DeRozan has made just 40.5 percent from the field in his last seven, averaging 22.4 points, 6.3 boards, 3.7 dimes, 0.6 steals, 2.0 turnovers and 0.7 treys. Specifically, he's made 29.6 percent on his mid-range shots in that span, which accounted for 46.6 percent of his shot total. DeRozan needs to attack the basket more.
Mar 26 - 12:28 AM

Terrence Ross scored 16 points in 36 minutes against the Bulls on Wednesday with one assist, one steal and two 3-pointers.

He made 7-of-11 from the field on offense, but this wasn't his best defensive effort. Ross is getting some extra playing time because Greivis Vasquez and Lou Williams are getting more of their minutes at point guard, but Kyle Lowry (back) should be back at some point. If you're looking to add Ross, it shouldn't be based off this game alone.
Mar 26 - 12:22 AM

Greivis Vasquez scored 22 points in the starting lineup against the Bulls on Wednesday with two rebounds, three assists, one steal and six 3-pointers in 31 minutes.

He's been very disappointing in his starts at point guard this season and finally came up big tonight in a losing effort. Kyle Lowry has a small chance to return on Friday against the Lakers, so there's no need to be too aggressive in adding Vasquez. If you want help this weekend and aren't limited with matchup moves, give him a look.
Mar 26 - 12:12 AM

Kyle Lowry (back) will not play vs. the Bulls on Wednesday.

Lowry has already said that he won't be rushing back from injury this time, so he is probably looking at an extended stint on the sidelines. Greivis Vasquez will likely start on Wednesday and is worth picking up in most leagues, while Lou Williams should see an uptick in minutes off the bench and can be considered a must-start option in all leagues.
Mar 25 - 11:52 AM

Kyle Lowry said that he won't rush back from injury this time after he was forced to leave Tuesday's game vs. the Pistons due to back spasms.

This doesn't sound very reassuring for his owners, and it looks like Lowry should be considered highly doubtful to play vs. the Bulls on Wednesday. We will pass along further updates once we know more, but his owners should have a backup plan ready. Greivis Vasquez will likely draw the start if Lowry can't give it a go and he is worth a look for anyone in need of 3-pointers and assists, while Lou Williams should see a nice uptick in minutes as well and would be a must-start option in all leagues.
Mar 24 - 11:04 PM

Greivis Vasquez took over at PG once Kyle Lowry (back spasms) exited Tuesday's game, and he finished with seven points, four rebounds, three assists, one steal and three turnovers.

It's possible that Lowry will miss more games, as back injuries are easy to aggravate, so owners in need of 3-pointers and assists should keep a close eye on Vasquez this week. The Raptors conclude the week with home games vs. the Bulls (Wednesday) and Lakers (Friday).
Mar 24 - 10:41 PM

Amir Johnson made all five of his field goal attempts on Tuesday, adding 3-of-4 free throws to finish with 13 points, eight rebounds, two assists and one block in 31 minutes of action.

Johnson's usage rate has dipped slightly to just 15.3 percent since the All-Star break, a low figure which helps explain why he's failing to crack the top-150 in 8-cat leagues. He's unlikely to play a bigger role as long as Jonas Valanciunas and Patrick Patterson are healthy, so continue to deploy him (or ignore him) as you were prior to tonight's game.
Mar 24 - 10:40 PM

Patrick Patterson bounced back from a scoreless outing to notch 13 points, two 3-pointers, five rebounds, four assists and one steal vs. Detroit on Tuesday.

Patterson did his damage in 27 minutes of action, making 4-of-8 field goals and 3-of-3 free throws. He was a solid value with a bigger offensive role during DeMar DeRozan's absence earlier this season, but at the moment he's just a low-end source of 3-pointers, rebounds and FG percentage.
Mar 24 - 10:40 PM

Lou Williams stepped up with Kyle Lowry (back) exiting early on Tuesday, leading the second unit with 19 points, three 3-pointers, two rebounds and three turnovers in 33 minutes.

Williams was efficient offensively (6-of-11 FGs, 4-of-5 FTs), but he botched the final possession -- facing a two-point deficit, he wasted time isolating at the top of the arc before launching an errant 30-foot three-point attempt. Toronto is now 5-12 in their past 17 games, though it hasn't done much to damage their playoff standing -- they hold a very comfortable 11.0 game lead over the Celtics in the Atlantic Division.
Mar 24 - 10:39 PM

Tyler Hansbrough, who scored a season-high 18 points on Sunday, finished Tuesday's game with only four points and two boards in eight minutes off the bench.

There was never any expectation that he'd follow up Sunday's game with another efficient gem, and he's a non-factor in fantasy leagues while averaging 12-15 minutes with the second unit.
Mar 24 - 10:39 PM


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