Player News - Raptors

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Kyle Lowry dropped a triple-double in a 120-87 win over the Nets on Friday, scoring 10 points with 10 rebounds, 12 assists, four steals and two 3-pointers in 31 minutes.

That's his 11th triple-double of his career and ninth as a Raptor. He was in there a little bit longer than expected during garbage time to possibly get the trip-dub and he was asked about it after the game. "Coach wanted me to get it," Lowry said. His buddy DeMar DeRozan had a different take on Lowry getting the trip-dub. "He lying. He lying. He lying. He said Russell Westbrook can do it every night, I'm going to try to do it." One day the Lowry-DeRozan reality TV show will be a big hit.
Dec 16 - 1:43 AM

DeMar DeRozan scored 31 points with three rebounds, one assist, two steals and one 3-pointer in 29 minutes against the Nets on Friday.

Don't look now, but the Raptors are rolling with their +8.2 net rating crushing Boston's +4.7 for the best in the Eastern Conference on the year -- it's +11.3 over the last 15, too. The Raptors, Rockets and Warriors are all top eight for both offensive and defensive rating this season, and the Raptors have won eight of their last nine. DeRozan is also really heating up again with back-to-back 30-plus scoring games for the first time this season, but of course he did go against the Suns and Nets.
Dec 16 - 1:35 AM

Delon Wright returned on Friday with seven points, two assists and one steal in 16 minutes against the Nets on Friday.

This is great news to get him back after many thought he'd be out for the year. While he doesn't start, Wright gets some heavy run in the fourth quarter with 8.5 minutes per game in that frame. His stats don't really pop on the year at just 7.5 points, 2.3 boards, 2.6 assists, 0.9 steals and 0.5 treys, but his position flexibility makes him a decent stash.
Dec 16 - 1:28 AM

Norman Powell scored 11 points with five rebounds, three assists and one 3-pointer in 22 minutes against the Nets on Friday.

Part of Powell's slow start earlier this year was because Delon Wright kept taking his fourth-quarter minutes. With Wright back, it's not looking good for Powell again. He isn't worth owning in most leagues right now.
Dec 16 - 1:23 AM

Fred VanVleet scored seven points with one assist in 13 minutes against the Nets on Friday.

He was starting to fade heading into this game, so fantasy owners should not think twice about dropping VanVleet in just about all leagues now that Delon Wright is back.
Dec 16 - 1:19 AM

CJ Miles (left shoulder soreness) is a late scratch for Friday's game vs. the Nets.

He wasn't on the injury report and tip-off is about 10 minutes away, so maybe Miles tweaked his shoulder in warmups. With the sharpshooter out, Norman Powell and OG Anunoby could both see a bump in minutes.
Dec 15 - 7:36 PM

Delon Wright (shoulder) is available to play against the Nets on Friday.

This is awesome news for the Raptors after it looked like Wright was going to need surgery on his shoulder for the second time. The Raptors second-unit defense has been one of the best in league, and Wright will be seeing minutes at two positions. His return means it's probably time to drop Fred VanVleet and Norm Powell while Wright is worth a look in deeper leagues.
Dec 15 - 5:51 PM

Delon Wright (shoulder) has been upgraded to questionable to play against the Nets on Friday.

He is still just day-to-day and earlier today coach Dwane Casey said Wright was getting close to a return. While Wright was out, Norman Powell really couldn't do anything with his added opportunity, so Wright's minutes could cut into Powell's playing time. Fred VanVleet has also cooled off lately, which means Wright should be able to get around 20-24 minutes once he's 100 percent. He's worth a look in deeper leagues.
Dec 15 - 3:50 PM

Lucas Nogueira (calf) is listed as out for Friday's game vs. Brooklyn but is making progress and could return Sunday vs. Sacramento.

Coach Dwane Casey said "we’ll see" when reporters asked him about this weekend. Nogueira was averaging 3.9 points and 2.7 rebounds in 12.0 over the 17 games he played this season prior to the injury. Once he is back healthy, he'll split time with Jakob Poeltl backing up Jonas Valanciunas.
Dec 15 - 12:48 PM

Coach Dwane Casey said that Delon Wright (shoulder) is progressing towards a return and could be back in the lineup as early as Sunday vs. Sacramento.

Wright dislocated his shoulder exactly one month ago and was expected to miss a month. If Wright gets in a good practice on Saturday, it's possible he could play on Sunday. If Wright isn't cleared this weekend, it seems he should be back next week. Once he's back in the mix, Wright will eat into Fred VanVleet minutes backing up Kyle Lowry.
Dec 15 - 12:11 PM

DeMar DeRozan matched his season-high 37 points during a 115-109 win over the Suns on Wednesday, adding seven rebounds, four assists and one turnover in 37 minutes.

The Raptors are playing some good ball these days with seven wins in their last eight, and it's all about their offense. In their last eight games, their starters have played the second most minutes together among all NBA combos (Wolves starters) and their 123.2 offensive rating in those 133 minutes ranks first in the NBA among the 26 combos with at least 48 minutes. As for DeRozan, he's been awesome in the pick-and-roll this year and he's on pace for his best field goal percentage since 2009-10.
Dec 14 - 1:23 AM

Serge Ibaka scored 21 points with 13 rebounds, one assist, one block and three 3-pointers in 34 minutes against the Suns on Wednesday.

His minutes are soaring these days with 31.2 per game over his last five, and his coach likes what he sees. "He had a pep in his step," head coach Dwane Casey. "I know we look at his points, but my thing was his rebounding. He was quick to the ball. He had three offensive rebounds, kept it alive." Ibaka was absolutely rolling even before this gem this month, averaging 18.4 points, 5.2 boards, 2.0 blocks and 3.0 treys on 55.4 percent from the field. He probably won't be this good, but Ibaka's high-floor game could make him flirt with early-round value the rest of the way.
Source: Toronto Sun
Dec 14 - 1:14 AM

Kyle Lowry made 3-of-12 from the field for 12 points with two rebounds, seven assists, one steal and two 3-pointers against the Suns on Wednesday.

That's four bad games in a row for Lowry with all four below 36 percent from the field. Unlike his earlier slump, Lowry is still getting to the line and his other stats are there. Plus, he's not worried about it, of course. "I don’t know, I’ve got to figure it out, I’ll be fine, I’ll figure it out," Lowry said. "I’m going to keep shooting though." We're not worried either and he is still an elite fantasy player to own.
Source: Toronto Sun
Dec 14 - 1:10 AM

Jonas Valanciunas scored 20 points with 11 rebounds, one steal and one 3-pointer against the Suns on Wednesday.

Make that three games in a row with a 3-pointer for the NBA's newest stretch five, and coach Dwane Casey talked about it before the game. "Offensively, he’s getting that three-ball what they call wet and ready to shoot," Casey said. "At some point in his career he’s going to be able to go out there and be a lethal threat for us and really space the floor." JV is as hot as he has been all year with a 23-15 game on Monday, so this may have created a brief sell-high window.
Dec 14 - 1:06 AM

Fred VanVleet scored five points with three assists, two steals and one 3-pointer in 24 minutes against the Suns on Wednesday.

He's been one of the sneakiest players to use in deep leagues for the past few weeks, but this makes it three somewhat disappointing games in a row. With Delon Wright (shoulder) expected to be back next month, VanVleet's owners may want to start looking elsewhere.
Dec 14 - 1:00 AM


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