INJURY REPORT AT 1:30 P.M. TUESDAY
Portland Trail Blazers Collins, Zach Out Injury/Illness – Left Shoulder; Dislocation Hood, Rodney Out Injury/Illness – Left Achilles Tendon; Rupture Labissiere, Skal Out Injury/Illness – Left Knee; Inflammation McCollum, CJ Questionable Injury/Illness – Chest; Upper Respiratory illness Nurkic, Jusuf Out Injury/Illness – Left Leg; Fracture
Toronto Raptors Gasol, Marc Out Injury/Illness – Left Hamstring; Strain Hernandez, Dewan Out Injury/Illness – Right Ankle; Sprain Ponds, Shamorie Available – Powell, Norman Doubtful Injury/Illness – Left Shoulder; Subluxation Siakam, Pascal Out Injury/Illness – Groin; Strain VanVleet, Fred Out Injury/Illness – Right Hamstring; Strain .
GAME #37 – TORONTO RAPTORS (24-12) vs. PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS (15-22) TUESDAY, JANUARY 7, 2020 – 7 P.M. (ET) – SCOTIABANK ARENA TV: TSN – RADIO: SPORTSNET 590 THE FAN
• The Toronto Raptors host the Portland Trail Blazers Tuesday night at Scotiabank Arena. The Raptors have won eight of their last nine games against the Trail Blazers, including the first meeting this season. Pascal Siakam and Fred VanVleet combined for 66 points and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson grabbed a season-high 11 rebounds in a 114-106 victory Nov. 13 at Portland. Toronto has won four in a row at home vs. Portland.
• Serge Ibaka recorded his fifth straight double-double (Dec. 28 – Jan. 4) with 21 points and a game-high 12 rebounds in 28 minutes Jan. 4 at Brooklyn. Ibaka and Pascal Siakam lead the Raptors with nine double-doubles this season. All nine of Ibaka’s double-doubles have come in the last 14 games (Dec. 9 – Jan. 4). He is averaging 18.4 points and 11.2 rebounds over the last five games.
• Brooklyn matched an opponent season high with 24 turnovers Saturday night, which led to 32 points for the Raptors. Toronto currently ranks second in the NBA in both opponent turnovers (16.6) and points off turnovers (19.7), behind only Chicago in both categories.
• Fred VanVleet recorded his sixth double-double of the season with a game-high of 29 points and a season high-tying 11 assists Jan. 4 at Brooklyn. Toronto is now 5-1 this season when VanVleet posts a double-double. VanVleet has scored 20+ points 14 times this year, including four of the last seven games.
• Toronto shot .406 from 3-point range (13-for-32) Jan. 4 at Brooklyn. The Raptors improved to 12-3 this season when they shoot 40 per cent from 3-point distance. Kyle Lowry and Fred VanVleet led the attack from beyond the arc with five 3s apiece in Saturday night’s victory.
• Rondae Hollis-Jefferson paced the reserves with 10 points and set a season high with four steals in 26 minutes Jan. 4 at Brooklyn. Hollis-Jefferson has now scored in double digits in three consecutive games (Dec. 31 – Jan. 4). He is averaging 12.3 points and is shooting .467 (14-for-30) from the field during this stretch. Hollis-Jefferson ranks second on the team with 62 offensive rebounds this season.
• Chris Boucher is one of the six current NBA players from the University of Oregon, located in Eugene, which is slightly more than 100 miles south of Portland. Boucher leads the team in offensive rebounds (67) and ranks second in blocks (28) despite coming off the bench in all 33 of his appearances this season.
• Marc Gasol (left hamstring; strain), Pascal Siakam (groin; stretch) and Norman Powell (left shoulder; subluxation) were all injured Dec. 18 at Detroit. Toronto is 5-4 over the last nine games without them. The Raptors are averaging 108.1 points and shooting .443 (347-for-783) from the field during this span.
• Kyle Lowry needs 79 assists to tie Jose Calderon (3,770) as the Raptors’ all-time leader in assists. Lowry is already the franchise leader in three-point field goals (1,302), steals (775) and playoff victories (37). Lowry has recorded 10+ assists 110 times – second most in team history behind only Calderon (141).
• Terence Davis ll is one of five rookies who has played in all games for their team this season, along with Darius Bazley (Oklahoma City), Darius Garland (Cleveland), Kendrick Nunn (Miami) and Coby White (Chicago). Only two rookies have played in every game of a season for the Raptors: Vince Carter in 1998– 99 (which was a lockout-shortened 50-game season) and Matt Bonner (2004–05).
F – PATRICK McCAW #22
MIN: 26.3 REB: 2.5 AST: 1.9 STL: 1.1 TO: 1.1 BLK: 0.1 PTS: 6.1
• Recorded eight points, three rebounds and one assist in 25 minutes Jan. 4 at Brooklyn. • Averaging 8.2 points, 2.8 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 29.6 minutes in nine games as a starter. • Has played at least 20 minutes in a career-long 12 straight games (Dec. 14 – Jan. 4).
F – OG ANUNOBY #3
IN: 26.3 REB: 2.5 AST: 1.9 STL: 1.1 TO: 1.1 BLK: 0.1 PTS: 6.1
• Contributed seven points, three rebounds and one assist in 29 minutes Jan. 4 at Brooklyn. • Toronto is 15-4 this season when Anunoby scores 10 or more points. • Shooting a career-best .494 (153-310) from the field, including 50 per cent (13-for-26) over the last three games.
C – SERGE IBAKA #9 •
MIN: 25.6 REB: 8.2 AST: 1.2 STL: 0.5 TO: 2.0 BLK: 1.0 PTS: 14.5
Recorded ninth double-double of the season with 21 points and a game-high 12 rebounds Jan. 4 at Brooklyn. • Averaging 17.3 points, 9.8 rebounds and 31.7 minutes in nine games as a starter. • Has scored in double figures in 16 of the last 18 games (Dec. 1 – Jan. 4), including six 20-point outings.
G – KYLE LOWRY #7
MIN: 38.3 REB: 4.7 AST: 7.4 STL: 1.2 TO: 3.1 BLK: 0.4 PTS: 20.9
• Recorded 26 points, five assists and four rebounds in 43 minutes of play Jan. 4 at Brooklyn. • Has made at least two three-pointers in 12 straight games (Dec. 14 – Jan. 4); totaled 42 threes during this span. • December was the first calendar month in which he averaged 20 points and eight assists since December 2014.
G- TERENCE DAVIS II #0
MIN: 16.8 REB: 3.0 AST: 1.8 STL: 0.5 TO: 0.9 BLK: 0.2 PTS: 6.9
• Matched a career-high with 19 points Dec. 31 vs. Cleveland. • Scored in double digits in four-of-five games (Nov. 18-27); averaged 13.4 points. • Scored 15 points and led the team in assists for the first time with five in 29 minutes Nov. 27 vs. New York. • Set career highs with 19 points (7-10 FG, 3-5 3PT, 2-2 FT) and eight rebounds in 27 minutes Nov. 20 vs. Orlando. • Recorded 16 points and a career-best seven assists Nov. 18 vs. Charlotte; scored all 16 points in the fourth quarter.
LAST TIME VS. PORTLAND
GAME 11 – NOVEMBER 13, 2019 TORONTO 114, PORTLAND 106 PORTLAND — The Raptors held Damian Lillard to just nine points in a 114-106 win over the Portland Trail Blazers … Pascal Siakam scored 36 points and Fred VanVleet had 30 … Siakam scored 13 of his 36 points in the fourth quarter to help close out the Trail Blazers and help Toronto bounce back from Monday night’s loss to the L.A. Clippers … Rodney Hood led the Blazers with 25 points … Lillard had 2-fof-12 shooting from the field and was 2 of 7 from 3-point range … He did dish 10 assists … CJ McCollum also pitched in 18 points while Anfernee Simons had 17 off the bench … The Raptors attacked in waves, with Siakam scoring seven straight points to close the third quarter and give the Raptors an 87-78 lead heading into the fourth … The Raptors also got solid bench contributions from Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (16 points, 11 rebounds) and Terence Davis (15 points) … The Blazers went on an 11-2 run to start the fourth quarter, tying the game at 89 with 9:06 left as Lillard watched from the bench … A dunk by Hollis-Jefferson with 5:29 left gave the Raptors a 10194 lead … Another jumper by Siakam with 3:38 remaining gave the Raptors a 108-94 lead, their largest of the game.
1 2 3 4 TOT
TORONTO 23 31 33 27 114
PORTLAND 30 23 25 28 106
PORTLAND’S POSSIBLE STARTERS
Forward 24 Kent Bazemore 6-5 200 7.9 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 1.4 apg
Forward 00 Carmelo Anthony 6-8 240 16.0 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 1.3 apg
Center 21 Hassan Whiteside 7-1 265 15.9 ppg, 13.9 rpg, 1.2 apg
Guard 2 Gary Trent Jr. 6-6 205 4.0 ppg, 1.0 rpg, 0.5 apg
Guard 0 Damian Lillard 6-3 195 27.1 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 7.6 apg
Tuesday’s game will round out the two regular season meetings between the Trail Blazers and the Raptors during the 2019-20 season. Toronto leads the season series, 1-0.
• LAST MEETING: Toronto took down Portland 114-106 on November 13. Rodney Hood paced Portland with 25 points (9-15 FG, 5-10 3-PT, 2-2 FT), two rebounds and one assist, while Pascal Siakham led Toronto with 36 points (15-28 FG, 4-7 3-PT, 2-3 FT), six rebounds and three assists.
• FROM DOWNTOWN: Portland has made at least 13 three-pointers in each of its last three games against Toronto, including a 17-of-48 (35.4%) shooting performance in the previous matchup on November 13. Portland’s 17 three-pointers represent the team’s second-highest total of the season.
• CJ McCollum scored 19 points (8-18 FG, 3-7 3-PT) to go with six rebounds and four assists against the Raptors on Nov. 13. McCollum is 12-of-23 (52.2%) from beyond the arc in his last three matchups with the Raptors, including tying his career high with seven 3-PM on March 1, 2019.
• Hassan Whiteside recorded 12 points on 6-of-12 shooting to go with nine rebounds and three assists on against Toronto on Nov. 13.
• Damian Lillard had nine points and 10 assists against Toronto on Nov. 13. It was just the second time in his career that he has scored in single-digits against the Raptors, and he has scored at least 20 points in 12 of his 15 career outings against Toronto.
• Kyle Lowry has scored 15-plus points in each of his last six games against the Trail Blazers. He made at least three three-pointers in five of those contests, shooting 23-of-48 (47.9%) from deep in that six-game span.
• In the previous meeting with Portland, Fred VanVleet scored 30 points (10-16 FG, 4-6 3-PT, 6-6 FT) to go with four rebounds and seven assists. It was his third career game with at least 30 points, and third consecutive game scoring in double-figures against the Trail Blazers.
• CONNECTION: Portland forward Anthony Tolliver and Toronto forward Stanley Johnson were teammates in Detroit during the 2015-16 and 2017-18 seasons.
• CONNECTION: Trail Blazers forward Mario Hezonja and Raptors forward Serge Ibaka were teammates in Orlando during the 2016-17 season.
TORONTO RAPTORS ALL TIME: Trail Blazers lead, 28-18 IN PORTLAND: Trail Blazers lead, 15-8 AT THE RAPTORS: Trail Blazers lead 13-10 LAST PORTLAND WIN: 128-122, 3/12/18 (Por.) LAST RAPTORS WIN: 114-106, 12/14/18 (Por.) CURRENT WIN STREAK: Two (Tor.)
DAME DROPPING 30: With 34 points (11-22 FG, 6-12 3-PT, 6-7 FT) against the Heat on Jan. 5, Damian Lillard scored 30-plus points for the fifth time in the last six games and the 14th time this season, which is tied for the fifth-most in the NBA. With 39 points at the Warriors on Nov. 4, Lillard (141 career 30-point games) passed Clyde Drexler (130) for the most such games in franchise history. ANT MAN: Anfernee Simons recorded 19 points (8-15 FG, 2-6 3-PT, 1-1 FT) to go with four rebounds and four assists at Miami on Jan. 5. It marked his secon-highest scoring game of the season. Simons has scored in double figures 19 times this season.
WHITESIDE DOUBLE-DOUBLES: With 21 points (9-12 FG, 3-3 FT) and 18 rebounds at Miami on Jan. 5, Hassan Whiteside notched his 27th double-double of the season, the fifth-most in the NBA. Whiteside has recorded a double-double with at least two blocks 23 times this season, the most in the NBA. LEAGUE LEADERS: Damian Lillard ranks seventh in the NBA in scoring (27.1) and is seventh in the league in assists (7.6). CJ McCollum ranks 20th in the league in scoring (22.3). Hassan Whiteside ranks fourth in the league in rebounds (13.9), is first in blocks (2.79) and is eighth in field goal percentage (60.4%).
20/20 VISION: Hassan Whiteside recorded 23 points (8-14 FG, 7-8 FT), 21 rebounds and five blocks at Washington on Jan. 3. It marked the third game of 20-plus points, 20-plus rebounds and five-plus blocks in Trail Blazers history (Nurkic, twice) and was the second such game in the NBA this season (Drummond). Whiteside is averaging 20.3 points, 17.0 rebounds and 3.33 blocks in the 2020 calendar year.
DAME TIME: Damian Lillard scored 13 of Portland’s fourth quarter points at Washington on Jan. 3. Lillard ranks fourth in the NBA in second half scoring (15.3) and eighth in the NBA in fourth quarter scoring (7.1).
MELO NIGHT: With a season-high 26 points (11-17 FG, 3-5 3-PT, 1-2 FT) against the Knicks at Madison Square Garden on Jan. 1, Carmelo Anthony recorded his 760th career game with 20-plus points, which is the ninth-most 20-point games in NBA history. Wilt Chamberlain ranks eighth with 771.
REBOUND MACHINE: Hassan Whiteside had 21 rebounds at Washington on Jan. 3. Whiteside hauled in a season-high 23 rebounds against Golden State on Dec. 18, 22 rebounds against Minnesota on Dec. 21, and 22 rebounds again on Dec. 30 against Phoenix. Whiteside is one of three players in the NBA with multiple 20-rebound games this season.
DAME DOUBLE-DOUBLE: Damian Lillard logged 34 points (11-22 FG, 6-12 3-PT, 6-7 FT), one rebound and 12 assists against the Heat on Jan. 5, marking his eighth double-double of the season. It was the 22nd game in his career that Lillard recorded at least 30 points and 10 assists.