Player News - Raptors

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Kyle Lowry (wrist) is listed as questionable in the game notes for Sunday's contest vs. the Blazers.

The games notes are often unreliable, so this doesn't give us much of an update. Coach Dwane Casey said on Friday that he wasn't sure how long Lowry would be out, but that "it's not a one-day thing." The team announced that Lowry would receive further evaluation over the weekend. If you own Lowry and have roster space, you may want to pick up Cory Joesph as an insurance policy.
Source: NBA.com
Feb 25 - 1:19 PM

Coach Dwane Casey said he is unsure how long Kyle Lowry (wrist) is going to be out, but that "it's not a one-day thing."

Lowry, who sat out Friday's win over Boston, originally hurt his right wrist on Feb. 15. He iced his wrist while on the bench during the All-Star game, but told reporters he wasn’t in any serious pain and that he would be fine. He reportedly even went golfing on Sunday morning. "It was a little sore, paid no attention to it," said Lowry. "But it just constantly stayed bothering me." We will have to wait for an update from the Raptors in order to have a clear idea of what we are looking at going forward. Cory Joseph started and had 11 points and six assists on Friday.
Feb 25 - 11:39 AM

DeMar DeRozan took over against the Celtics for a career-high 43 points during a 107-97 win on Friday, adding five rebounds, five assists and one 3-pointer in 37 minutes.

Without Kyle Lowry (wrist), it was DeMar DeRozan over everything. DeRozan has a whopping 41.4 usage rate in his 517 minutes without Lowry this season, so he would be looking at some massive output while Lowry is on the shelf. The new Raptors, Serge Ibaka and P.J. Tucker, had a seamless transition on their new team and those lower-usage guys are another positive for DeMar. Expect big numbers from the All-Star.
Feb 25 - 12:05 AM

Cory Joseph scored 11 points in a start against the Celtics on Friday, adding one rebound, six assists, three steals and one turnover in 36 minutes.

He started out slow in this game, but was still able to turn in a decent stat line. Kyle Lowry (wrist) is going to need further evaluation and was in a brace on Friday night, so Joseph is likely looking at another game in the starting lineup. If you need a point guard or want some Kyle Lowry insurance, it's not a bad idea to add Joseph in most leagues until Lowry gets a clean bill of health.
Feb 24 - 11:59 PM

Serge Ibaka made an instant impact in his first game as a Raptor during a win over the Celtics on Friday, scoring 15 points with seven rebounds, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer in 36 minutes.

Good defense will work for any team. Coach Dwane Casey's frontcourt of Ibaka, P.J. Tucker and DeMarre Carroll was outstanding late in this game as the closing trio with DeMar DeRozan and Cory Joseph in the backcourt. In fact, the Carroll-Tucker-Ibaka frontcourt had a +97.9 net rating in nine minutes tonight. Ibaka's fantasy value should take a hit, but he could still wind up flirting with early round value.
Feb 24 - 11:56 PM

DeMarre Carroll scored six points with four rebounds, one assist, one block and one 3-pointer in 28 minute agains the Celtics on Friday.

He's probably going to be in the 26-30 minute range most nights because P.J. Tucker looks like an impact player in the rotation. As long as Carroll is healthy and not in a slump, he could still be a low-end, fantasy-friendly guy in standard leagues.
Feb 24 - 11:48 PM

Jonas Valanciunas scored seven points with six rebounds in 18 minutes against the Celtics on Friday.

Uh oh. Serge Ibaka took some minutes away from him, including down the stretch in this close game. Valanciunas did not see any playing time in the fourth quarter and played just five minutes in the third. It's probably safe to say JV takes a hit with Serge in the mix, but his owners should not panic yet. He could be more of a mid-round guy, though.
Feb 24 - 11:44 PM

P.J. Tucker took no time to adjust to his new team in a win over the Celtics on Friday, scoring nine points with 10 rebounds, one assist, three steals and one 3-pointer in 29 minutes.

He was really good on the defensive end and closed this game out at forward. The Raptors could always use another defender and there was buzz of the team expecting him to guard LeBron James if the two teams meet in the postseason. Maybe he can have some value with his new team, but his upside isn't the most attractive thing out there. We'd like to see him do it again before adding him. Although, if you didn't cut him from his awesome run in Phoenix, you may want to hold him as long as there isn't a hot free agent out there.
Feb 24 - 11:41 PM

Patrick Patterson (knee) scored 11 points with two rebounds, one assist and and 3-pointer in 17 minutes against the Celtics on Friday.

He's seen extended minutes at times, but it's been more about the lack of competition for minutes. He did play next to Serge Ibaka during this game and that'll continue, especially when the Raptors are trailing. He's not a fantasy option right now.
Feb 24 - 11:35 PM

Norman Powell scored three points with four rebounds in 17 minutes against the Celtics on Friday.

His playing time almost got cut in half with the arrival of P.J. Tucker. Powell is electric when he gets minutes, but he's not going to be worth using most nights unless DeMar DeRozan is out of the lineup.
Feb 24 - 11:32 PM

Lucas Nogueira did not score with one rebound and one block in 11 minutes against the Celtics on Friday.

The arrival of Serge Ibaka takes away basically all of the power forward chances and even some center minutes for Bebe for the rest of the season. Nogueira is an obvious cut candidate.
Feb 24 - 11:30 PM

Delon Wright scored two points with one rebound and one assist in 12 minutes against the Celtics on Friday.

He picked up all of the backup point guard minutes behind Cory Joseph. Wright had a big week before the All-Star break, but lost his mojo in this game. Just keep an eye on him in deep leagues with Kyle Lowry (wrist) possibly missing more time.
Feb 24 - 11:28 PM

Serge Ibaka is starting on Friday vs. the Celtics.

The Raptors are missing Kyle Lowry (wrist), so we won't know for sure how involved Ibaka will be on the offensive end until Toronto is at full strength. Make sure he's in all lineups tonight.
Feb 24 - 7:18 PM

Cory Joseph will start for Kyle Lowry (wrist) against the Celtics on Friday night.

The Raptors will just throw their best point guard in the first unit with Delon Wright and Fred Vanvleet. Lowry had an X-ray on his wrist and will get more evaluation, so he could miss more action. Joseph is worth a look as a speculative add until Lowry gets the all clear.
Feb 24 - 7:16 PM

Patrick Patterson (knee) is available to play on Friday against the Celtics, as expected.

The Raptors can take it easy on 2-Pat with Serge Ibaka as their starting four man. Patterson could get minutes late in games, especially when the Raptors are trailing. He lost a lot of fantasy value with the Ibaka addition.
Feb 24 - 6:33 PM


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