Player News - Raptors

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Chris Bosh said he's trying to make an NBA comeback.

"No, I'm not done yet," Bosh said on ESPN. He said he's been in the gym, he can still play basketball, and he said he can play well with the lack of defense in the NBA. Bosh has a long road ahead of him to return to the league and he'll likely need a full offseason to get back into game shape. He's an easy guy to root for.
Feb 15 - 2:15 PM

Kyle Lowry had 20 points, 10 assists, seven rebounds, four 3-pointers and one steal in just 27 minutes of action vs. the Bulls on Wednesday.

Lowry was a model of efficiency tonight -- didn't turn the ball over while racking up stats and making 5-of-10 FGs and 6-of-6 FTs. His minutes have dipped lately due to a combination of factors, including frequent blowouts and the excellent play of Toronto's bench. He may not attain the early-round value owners hoped for on draft day, but don't sleep on him as the Raptors chase the No. 1 seed in the East.
Feb 14 - 11:53 PM

Jakob Poeltl blocked four shots in 21 minutes of action on Wednesday, adding 10 points (4-of-4 FGs, 2-of-2 FTs), seven rebounds and two assists.

The Raptors sport a 41-16 record, which is the best in franchise history going into an All-Star break. It's been good enough for the No. 1 seed, and the play of the second unit has been a big reason for that success. Tonight was no different, with Pascal Siakam scoring 17 points, Fred VanVleet adding 11 points and four dimes, and Delon Wright scoring seven points with six assists. There was a lot of garbage time tonight, but if you're looking for sneaky pickups in a competitive league, don't pass over the Raptors' reserves.
Feb 14 - 11:51 PM

DeMar DeRozan scored seven points on 3-of-11 shooting on Wednesday, with eight assists, two rebounds and no other stats to his credit.

It's just the fourth time this season that DeRozan has been held to single-digits, and there's nothing to worry about here. His field goal percentage has been trending down at just 38.3% over the past dozen games, but the All-Star break should give him time to regain his early-season form.
Feb 14 - 11:51 PM

Serge Ibaka scored 20 points on 9-of-12 shooting vs. Chicago on Wednesday, with seven rebounds, two assists, two blocks and two 3-pointers.

Ibaka looked sharp throughout this game and did his damage in just 26 minutes -- he might have played more but it wasn't necessary in a lopsided road win. This was his highest-scoring game since Jan. 5 and owners can only hope that the extended break allows him to come back refreshed for Toronto's final 25 regular-season games.
Feb 14 - 11:50 PM

Kyle Lowry hit 8-of-17 shots and 4-of-8 3-pointers for 22 points, four rebounds, eight assists and two steals in Tuesday's 115-112 win over the Heat.

Lowry had been pretty quiet over his previous two games, scoring a total of 19 points and hitting just 6-of-19 shots, but he came back in a big way tonight. Lowry's actually struggled in three of his last five, and a lot of it has to do with the way Fred VanVleet and Delon Wright are playing off the bench. The Raps' bench is one of the best in the league and once those guys come in and get hot, they tend to extend leads and leave Lowry on the bench longer than he might like. But he's still one of the better point guards in the league and his off nights will hopefully be few and far between.
Feb 13 - 10:24 PM

Fred VanVleet played a bench-high 23 minutes and hit 4-of-8 shots and two 3-pointers for 10 points, five rebounds, six assists and two steals in Tuesday's win over the Heat.

Delon Wright had 10 points, one rebound, two assists, a steal, a block and two 3-pointers in 21 minutes and both of the reserve guards are playing well for Toronto right now. FVV is averaging 10.6 points, 3.8 rebounds, 6.4 assists, 1.8 steals and 1.8 3-pointers over his last five games, while Wright's five-game averages are 10.4 points, 2.6 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 2.0 steals and 1.0 3-pointers, making it almost a coin flip as to which one is the better pickup. But the assists and 3-pointers give the edge to FVV.
Feb 13 - 10:13 PM

OG Anunoby played just 13 minutes on Tuesday, finishing with six points, two rebounds and two 3-pointers in 13 minutes.

He came in dealing with a right ankle sprain, but it's hard to tell if the ankle kept him limited, or if it was the fact the Raptors went really small in the fourth quarter to close out the game. DeMar DeRozan was playing PF, Jonas Valanciunas was out there, and guards Kyle Lowry, Fred VanVleet and Delon Wright were also out there together. The Raptors have now won six straight games and carry an East-best 40-16 record into Wednesday's game against the Bulls before taking a break for All-Star Weekend. And for the record, we're guessing OG's ankle is fine and the Raps just decided to go small tonight.
Feb 13 - 10:04 PM

OG Anunoby (right ankle sprain) will play Tuesday vs. Miami.

Anunoby tweaked his ankle in the first half of Sunday's victory over Charlotte and was ruled out of the contest after limping back to the locker room. Coach Dwane Casey said the ankle is not 100 percent, but OG will suit up vs. the Heat. However, he may see fewer minutes than usual, opening up some additional playing time for C.J. Miles, who scored 24 points on Sunday.
Feb 13 - 5:21 PM

OG Anunoby (right ankle sprain) may sit out on Tuesday vs. the Heat as a precaution.

He still has some soreness after spraining his ankle on Sunday. Coach Dwane Casey said Anunoby would go if it was a playoff game, but the Raptors will be cautious heading into the break. If he does sit, expect to see plenty of C.J. Miles and Norm Powell on Tuesday. Miles had a monster game on Sunday with 24 points and six triples in 18 minutes, while Powell flopped with two points, two rebounds and two assists in 16 minutes.
Feb 12 - 2:40 PM

C.J. Miles got hot off the bench on Sunday, scoring 24 points on 8-of-11 shooting to go with six 3-pointers, one rebound, one assist, two steals and one block in 18 minutes.

As good as this was, it feels very fluky, as Miles simply won't hit 72.7% of his shot attempts on most nights, and this was a pretty explosive line in just 18 minutes of action. Miles did help Dwane Casey earn his 300th career-win in this one, bringing his win percentage to 56.5, which is better than any other coach in Raptors' history. Fred VanVleet was also solid with 10 points, two triples, three boards, four dimes, one steal and one turnover in 17 minutes off the bench.
Feb 11 - 4:14 PM

Norman Powell started the second half of Sunday's win over the Hornets with OG Anunoby going down with an ankle injury but finished with just two points in 16 minutes.

Powell added two boards, two assists and one turnover while he was out there, but he was outshined by C.J. Miles, who went off for 24 points in 18 minutes off the bench. Powell hasn't been very good this season, and even with Anunoby going down, the Raptors still have a ton of depth that it might not make a huge impact on his fantasy value.
Feb 11 - 4:04 PM

Jonas Valanciunas scored 21 points on 9-of-14 shooting Sunday, to go with nine rebounds, two assists, two 3-pointers, one steal, one block and zero turnovers in 24 minutes.

Things looked pretty dreary for JV back in November, when he was only averaging 19.9 minutes a night while bringing very little to the box score, but he’s been steadily trending up since that low-point and has been rolling through the month of February with averages of 13.4 points, 8.0 boards, 2.2 dimes, 1.4 triples, 0.8 swats and 1.2 turnovers per game. The 3-point shooting has been a surprising development, but apparently, he'll be the next 7-footer to join the 3-point bomber club.
Feb 11 - 3:59 PM

DeMar DeRozan scored 25 points on 10-of-19 shooting Sunday, to go with eight assists, two rebounds, three 3-pointers, one steal, one block and two turnovers in 29 minutes.

DeRozan had been struggling to get his shot to drop over the previous three games, connecting on just 31.0% of his shot attempts, so it was nice to see him get things back on track today. He again watched the entire fourth quarter from the sidelines, but that was because he went beast mode during the third, rocking a 30.9 usage rate while helping the Raptors pile up a healthy lead.
Feb 11 - 3:53 PM

Kyle Lowry scored 12 points on 4-of-9 shooting Sunday, to go with four 3-pointers, three rebounds, seven assists and zero turnovers in 27 minutes.

Today, Lowry’s lack of minutes was due to the lopsided score, but overall, Fred VanVleet’s development has been a negative for K-Low as the two don’t often share the floor. With Toronto currently sitting on the No. 1 seed out East, there’s not much incentive for Dwane Casey to mess around with the current rotation, so things might not get much better for Lowry anytime soon.
Feb 11 - 3:46 PM


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