This week’s Fred Ex delivery could be delayed a couple of more days. While injured goaltender Frederik Andersen stayed the full length of an hour-long Maple Leafs practice on Monday, it’s looking like he won’t be ready for Tuesday’s game against the Arizona Coyotes. New back-up Jack Campbell took a lot of post-practice work, with […]Frederik Andersen likely out one more game — Toronto Sun
“Yeah, I do feel that way . . . It’s a competition and the competition should be a fair competition,” he said.Masahiro Tanaka feels cheated by the Astros — HardballTalk | NBC Sports
Jayson Tatum made franchise history — and he passed a Boston Celtics legend in the process. The C’s blazed their way to a seven-game win streak after defeating the Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday night 112-111. Despite what had been a banged-up roster just a short time ago, Boston’s starting lineup of Jaylen Brown, Gordon…Jayson Tatum Makes More Celtics History, Besting Larry Bird In The Process — NESN.com
, Boston’s starting lineup of Jaylen Brown, Gordon Hayward, Daniel Theis, Kemba Walker, and Tatum made their presence known, combining for 96 points. Tatum played a large part of that, coming up with 26 points and 11 rebounds in just under 35 minutes of play. This marked the 21-year-old forward’s fifth consecutive game of at least 25 points, making him the youngest player in Celtics history to hit that mark. So who did he pass as the previous youngest player to do so? Celtics legend Larry Bird, who hit the same mark when he was 23.
INJURY REPORT 1:30 P.M. MONDAY
MIN@TOR Minnesota Timberwolves Evans, Jacob Out G League – On Assignment
Layman, Jake Out Injury/Illness – Left Toe; Sprain
Russell, D’Angelo Questionable Injury/Illness – Right Quad; Contusion
Spellman, Omari Out Not With Team
Turner, Evan Out Not With Team
Toronto Raptors Brissett, Oshae Out G League – Two-Way
Gasol, Marc Out Injury/Illness – Left Hamstring; Tightness
Hernandez, Dewan Out Injury/Illness – Right Ankle; Sprain
Lowry, Kyle Questionable Injury/Illness – Neck; Whiplash
Powell, Norman Out Injury/Illness – Left Finger; Fourth; fracture, metacarpal
• The Toronto Raptors welcome the Minnesota Timberwolves to Scotiabank Arena on Monday night. This is the second meeting between the two teams this season, as the Raptors defeated the Timberwolves last month 122-112 in Minnesota. Fred VanVleet led all scorers with 29 points, while Kyle Lowry finished with 28 in the win. Toronto has won 15 consecutive games against Minnesota at home and four straight overall.
• The Raptors won their franchise record 14th straight game (Jan. 15 – Feb. 8) Saturday night against Brooklyn. Over the last 14 games, the Raptors are averaging 120.1 points and shooting .499 (621-1244) from the field, including .399 (202-506) from three point range. Toronto also has a +72 (185-to-257) turnover differential during this stretch and leads the NBA in points per game off turnovers (22.4). The Raptors’ win streak is the longest in Toronto sports history (NBA, NHL, MLB, MLS and CFL).
• With Saturday night’s win over the Nets, the Raptors improved to 39-14. It is their best record after 53 games in franchise history. The Raptors’ 39 victories are tied with the Lakers for second-most in the NBA.
• Rookie Terence Davis II made his second career start Saturday, finishing with 20 points (7-15 FG, 5-8 3PT, 1-1 FT) and eight rebounds in 30 minutes. It was the fourth consecutive game Davis has scored in double digits (Feb. 2-8), averaging 19.8 points (third on team) and shooting .607 (17-28) from behind the arc during this stretch. He is the only Raptor to appear in every game this season, and currently ranks second among all rookies with a .429 three-point percentage and sixth with a .488 field goal percentage.
• Toronto shot .400 (14-35) from 3-point range Saturday vs. the Nets and are shooting .399 (202-506) beyond the arc over the 14-game win streak. The Raptors rank third in the NBA with a .376 3-point percentage this season and score 36.2 per cent of their points via the 3 – fourth highest in the league
• Serge Ibaka has scored in double figures in 10 straight games (Jan. 22 – Feb. 8), scoring 12 points Saturday night. He is averaging 19.3 points (second on the team) and shooting .602 (80-for-133) from the field during this stretch.
• Toronto outscored Brooklyn 25-8 in fast break points Saturday night. The Raptors currently rank third in the NBA, averaging 18.3 fast break points. Milwaukee leads all team with 19.0 fast break points per game.
• Nick Nurse and his staff will coach Team Giannis at the 2020 NBA All-Star Game in Chicago. Nurse will
become just the third active head coach to coach in the All-Star Game in their first or second year as an
NBA head coach, joining Steve Kerr (first year) and Mike Budenholzer (second year) – both in 2015.
• Kyle Lowry has been named a reserve for the 2020 NBA All-Star Game. Lowry will participate in his sixth All-Star Game (2015-20), the most in franchise history. He is the first player in NBA history to be selected
to at least six All-Star teams after not being picked in any of his first eight seasons. Lowry will join forward Pascal Siakam in Chicago, who was voted a starter. Siakam’s selection extends a streak of six consecutive years that a Raptor has been voted into the starting five – Lowry (2015, 2016), DeMar DeRozan (2017, 2018) and Kawhi Leonard (2019). It also marks the fifth straight year (2016-20) two players will represent Toronto in the All-Star Game.
F – OG ANUNOBY #3
MIN: 34.9 REB: 7.6 AST: 3.4 STL: 1.0 TO: 2.4 BLK: 0.9 PTS: 23.4
• Totaled five points, four rebounds and two steals in 29 minutes Feb. 8 vs. Brooklyn.
• Toronto is 20-4 this season when Anunoby scores 10 or more points.
• Averaging a career-high 10.1 points and shooting a career-best .492 from the field this season.
F – PASCAL SIAKAM #43
MIN: 34.9 REB: 7.6 AST: 3.4 STL: 1.0 TO: 2.4 BLK: 0.9 PTS: 23.4
• Finished with 20 points, seven rebounds and four assists in 34 minutes of action Feb. 8 vs. Brooklyn.
• Ranks 15th in the NBA in scoring (23.4) and 12th in +/- rating (+297).
• Has scored 30+ points 12 times; had five 30-point performances in 80 games played last season.
C – SERGE IBAKA #9
MIN: 27.0 REB: 8.0 AST: 1.4 STL: 0.5 TO: 1.9 BLK: 0.8 PTS: 15.9
• Recorded 12 points and six rebounds in 32 minutes of play Feb. 8 vs. Brooklyn.
• Averaging 18.7 points, 8.9 rebounds and 31.8 minutes in 20 games as a starter this season.
• Is the only player in NBA history with 500+ three-point field goals and 1,500+ blocks.
G – TERENCE DAVIS II #0
MIN: 17.4 REB: 3.6 AST: 1.8 STL: 0.6 TO: 1.0 BLK: 0.2 PTS: 8.2
• Scored 20 points and collected eight rebounds in 30 minutes Feb. 8 vs. Brooklyn
• Has scored in double figures in four straight games (Feb. 2-8), averaging 19.8 points during this span.
• Became the first Raptors rookie to score 30+ points as a reserve in a game Feb. 2 vs. Chicago (31 points).
G – FRED VANVLEET #23
MIN: 35.9 REB: 3.8 AST: 6.9 STL: 1.9 TO: 2.3 BLK: 0.3 PTS: 17.9
• Finished with a team-high 29 points and six assists in 33 minutes Feb. 8 vs. Brooklyn.
• Ranks fourth in the NBA in steals per game (1.91); has registered multiple steals in 21 games.
• Has totaled 49 assists, compared to 13 turnovers, over the last six games (Jan. 30 – Feb. 8).
Marc Gasol (Left hamstring; tightness) – Out
Dewan Hernandez (Right ankle; sprain) – Out
Kyle Lowy (Neck: whiplash) – Questionable
Norman Powell (Left hand; fourth metacarpal – fracture) – Out
TONIGHT’S GAME DETAILS
Opponent: Minnesota Timberwolves
Date: Monday, February 10
Tip-Off: 7:30 p.m. (ET)
Venue: Scotiabank Arena
Radio: TSN 1050 Toronto
SERIES RECAP VS. MINNESOTA
OVERALL HOME ROAD
2019-20 1-0 0-0 1-0
ALL-TIME 32-15 21-3 11-12
STREAKS Won 4 Won 15 Won 2
January 18, 2020 (122-112)
LAST HOME WIN:
October 24, 2018 (112-105)
LARGEST MARGIN OF VICTORY:
+23, February 10, 2008
LARGEST MARGIN OF DEFEAT:
-32, March 19, 2002
LAST TIME VS. MINNESOTA
GAME 42 – JANUARY 18, 2020
TORONTO 122, MINNESOTA 112
MINNEAPOLIS — Fred VanVleet led Toronto with 29 points as the Raptors beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 122-112 on Saturday night … Kyle
Lowry added 28 points and seven assists while Norman Powell scored 20
points off the bench for the Raptors, who have won three straight games
… Minnesota’s Andrew Wiggins recorded his first career triple-double …
He had 18 points, a career-high 11 assists and 10 rebounds … Rookie
Jarrett Culver had 26 points for the Timberwolves … VanVleet’s injury
sidelined him for five games before Saturday … He was 11 of 16 from the
field and 7 of 8 from 3-point range … VanVleet scored 10 points in the
fourth quarter … Toronto took a five-point lead into the fourth quarter
thanks in large part to Lowry’s efforts in the third … Lowry scored 17
points in the quarter to erase a four-point halftime deficit … The Raptors
pushed the lead to as many as 22 in the fourth … Serge Ibaka and Powell
each had six points off the bench during a 21-6 stretch to open the period
… Minnesota got big first quarters from Wiggins and Culver … Wiggins
had 11 points on 4-of-4 shooting and added five assists in the quarter …
Culver led Minnesota with 14 points in the first, including 4 of 6 from deep.
1 2 3 4 TOT
TORONTO 32 26 31 33 122
MINNESOTA 39 23 22 28 112
NEXT GAME DETAILS
Opponent: Brooklyn Nets
Date: Wednesday, February 12
Tip-Off: 7:30 p.m. (ET)
Venue: Barclays Center
Radio: TSN 1050 Toronto
SERIES RECAP VS. BROOKLYN
OVERALL HOME ROAD
2019-20 3-0 2-0 1-0
ALL-TIME 56-40 33-15 23-25
STREAKS Won 6 Won 10 Won 2
February 8, 2020 (119-118)
LAST ROAD WIN:
January 4, 2020 (121-102)
LARGEST MARGIN OF VICTORY:
+37, November 2, 2007
LARGEST MARGIN OF DEFEAT:
-25, January 15, 1996
LAST TIME VS. BROOKLYN
GAME 53 – FEBRUARY 8, 2020
TORONTO 119, BROOKLYN 118
TORONTO — Fred VanVleet scored 10 of his 29 points in the fourth quarter, Pascal Siakam scored 20 points, including the tiebreaking free throw
with 22 seconds remaining, and the Raptors extended their franchise-record winning streak to 14 by beating the Brooklyn Nets 119-118 on
Saturday night… Terence Davis scored 20 points in his first home start,
Matt Thomas had a career-high 15 and Serge Ibaka added 12 as the
Raptors won despite playing without All-Star guard Kyle Lowry, earning
their 10th consecutive home victory over the Nets… Toronto has won 18
of 19 in the series, including six straight… Caris LeVert scored a career-high 37 points, going 6 of 7 from long range, but missed a 3-pointer with a
second left that would have given Brooklyn the win… Spencer Dinwiddie
had 21 points and 11 assists and DeAndre Jordan had 15 points and 14
rebounds… The Nets trailed by 12 points to begin the fourth but LeVert
scored on three straight possessions to tie it at 118 with 35 seconds left…
Siakam restored Toronto’s lead by splitting a pair of free throws with 22
seconds remaining… The Nets let the clock run down and gave LeVert a
chance to win it, but his pull-up 3 bounced off the rim. Brooklyn’s Joe Harris grabbed the rebound, but missed a layup as the buzzer sounded.
1 2 3 4 TOT
BROOKLYN 36 18 34 30 118
TORONTO 33 33 34 19 119
Timberwolves Last Game Starters:
Pos. No. Player Ht. Wt. 2019-20 Averages
F – 20 Josh Okogie 6-4 212 8.6 pts (41.1%), 4.3 reb, 1.5 ast
F – 41 Juancho Hernangomez 6-9 214 3.5 pts (36.2%), 2.7 reb, 0.7 ast
C – 32 Karl-Anthony Towns 7-0 248 26.6 pts (51.1%), 10.8 reb, 4.3 ast
G – 5 Malik Beasley 6-4 187 8.3 pts (39.1%), 2.1 reb, 1.2 ast
G – 6 Jordan McLaughlin 6-0 170 6.9 pts (45.6%), 1.8 reb, 3.9 ast
Guard D’Angelo Russell: Missed Saturday’s game against the Clippers with a right quad contusion. His status will be reevaluated prior to tonight’s game against Toronto.
Forward Jake Layman: Has missed the last 37 games with a left toe sprain. He is listed as out for Saturday’s game against the Raptors.
Recent Transactions: Feb. 6: Acquired forward James Johnson from Miami in exchange for Gorgui Dieng as part of a seven-player, three-team trade involving the Timberwolves, Miami Heat and Memphis Grizzlies.
Feb. 6: Acquired guards D’Angelo Russell and Jacob Evans and forward Omari Spellman from the Golden State Warriors in exchange for forward Andrew Wiggins, a 2021 First Round Pick and a 2022 Second Round Pick.
Feb. 5: Acquired guard Malik Beasley and forwards Juancho Hernangomez and Jarred Vanderbilt from the Denver Nuggets along with forward Evan Turner and a 2020 First Round Pick from the Atlanta Hawks in exchange for guard Shabazz Napier and forwards Keita BatesDiop and Noah Vonleh to Denver and center Jordan Bell and forward Robert Covington to Houston.
Feb. 4: Recalled guard Jaylen Nowell from Iowa (G League).
Jan. 29: Assigned guard Jaylen Nowell to Iowa (G League). Jan. 25: Recalled guard Jaylen Nowell from Iowa (G League).
…Jan 16: Acquired guard Allen Crabbe from the Atlanta Hawks in exchange for guards Treveon Graham and Jeff Teague.
Last Game: Saturday, Feb. 8 –Minnesota 142, Los Angeles Clippers 115
After a massive first half, the Timberwolves took a 81-59 lead into halftime, the most points scored in any half in team history. They had no trouble staying in control the rest of the way and held to snap a 13-game losing streak. Jordan McLaughlin led the Timberwolves with 24 points on 11-of-15 shooting, 11 assists and four rebounds. Malik Beasley added 23 points, 10 rebounds, four assists and one steal, in his debut with the Timberwolves. Karl-Anthony Towns finished with 22 points, 13 rebounds, nine assists. a steal and a block, while Josh Okogie added 15 points and two steals. Meanwhile, Kawhi Leonard led the Clippers with 29 points on 8-of-17 shooting, six rebounds and three assists. Paul George added 21 points, five rebounds, two assists, three steals and two blocks, while Lou Williams and Montrezl Harrell added 11 points each, off the bench.
The world according to Jim: • Nearly a week ago, L.A. rejoiced. The Dodgers, who swing for the fences plenty on the field but have been overly risk-averse otherwise, turned bold and (apparently) came away with one of baseball’s elite players, Mookie Betts. Finally, on Sunday, Dodger fans are closer to being able to celebrate…Alexander: Was it really the medical info that held up Mookie Betts trade? — Daily News
Cleveland Cavaliers’ Alfonzo McKinnie shoots against the Los Angeles Clippers in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak) Cleveland Cavaliers’ Collin Sexton (2) passes the ball against Los Angeles Clippers’ JaMychal Green (4) in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Feb. 9,…Lou Williams, Clippers hand Cavs worst home loss in franchise history — Daily News
http:// Teams around the NBA have two more options available on the buyout market. Both Dion Waiters and Tyler Johnson were bought out on Sunday and thus are able to sign with another team. Waiters, specifically, was released by the Memphis Grizzlies on Sunday, per The Athletic’s Shams Charania.…NBA Rumors: Dion Waiters, Tyler Johnson Available After Respective Buy Outs — NESN.com
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2020
Laval: C. Fleury (1) (J. Kotkaniemi, C. Hudon), M. Peca (4) (Unassisted)
Goaltender: K. Kinkaid (21/25)
Toronto: M. Marchment (11) (T. Kivihalme, A. Brooks), E. Korshkov (12) (J. Duszak, K. Agostino), K. Rubins (2) (G. Estephan, P. Aberg), M. Read (7) SH (M. Kapla), P. Aberg (16) EN (T. MacMaster)
Goaltender: K. Kaskisuo (25/27)
ON THE SCORESHEET
- Mason Marchment opened the scoring at 49 seconds into the first period. This is the second consecutive game Marchment has scored in the first minute of the game. He has six goals through his last three games. Marchment has 15 points (11 goals, 4 assists) through 22 games.
- Egor Korshkov scored Toronto’s second goal at 5:56 of the first period. Korshkov has 19 points (12 goals, 7 assists) in 33 games with the Marlies.
- Kristians Rubins scored Toronto’s third goal at 11:32 of the first period. This was Rubins’ first game-winning goal. Rubins has 10 points (2 goals, 8 assists) through 36 games this season.
- Matt Read scored Toronto’s fourth goal shorthanded at 2:49 of the third period. He has goals (2) in consecutive games. Read has 15 points (7 goals, 8 assists) in 35 games this season.
- Pontus Aberg scored Toronto’s fifth goal in the empty net at 19:00 of the third period and earlier recorded the secondary assist on Rubins’ first period goal. This is Aberg’s 12th multi-point game of the season.
- Teemu Kivihalme registered the primary assist on Marchment’s first period goal. He has assists (2) in consecutive games. Kivihalme has 14 points (3 goals, 11 assists) through 43 games this season.
- Adam Brooks recorded the secondary assist on Marchment’s first period goal. Brooks has 18 points (8 goals, 10 assists) through 27 games this season.
- Joseph Duszak picked up the primary assist on Korshkov’s first period goal. Duszak has seven points (2 goals, 5 assists) through 11 games with the Marlies and has points (1-5-6) in four consecutive games.
- Kenny Agostino had the secondary assist on Korshkov’s first period goal. He has assists (2) in consecutive games. Agostino has 36 points (21 goals, 15 assists) in 40 games this season.
- Giorgio Estephan collected the primary assist on Rubins’ first period goal. Estephan has one assist through four games with the Marlies.
- Michael Kapla picked up the lone assist on Read’s shorthanded goal in the third period. Kapla has two assists through four games with the Marlies.
- Tanner MacMaster had the lone assist on Aberg’s empty net goal. MacMaster has six points (2 goals, 4 assists) in his last seven games.
- Kasimir Kaskisuo stopped 25 of 27 shots he faced. Kaskisuo is now 13-8-2-1 on the season with a .909 save percentage and a 2.76 goals against average.
- Toronto was 6-for-6 on the penalty kill and 0-for-4 on the power play. This is second consecutive game Toronto has not allowed a goal on the penalty kill.
- Laval had a 27-26 edge in shots in all situations. Pontus Aberg and Teemu Kivihalme led the Marlies with three shots on goal for the second consecutive game.
- The Marlies are 12-11-2-1 against North Division opponents and 3-1-0-1 against the Laval Rocket.
REGULAR SEASON LEADERS
- Goals: K. Agostino (21)
- Assists: J. Bracco (30)
- Points: P. Aberg (38)
- PPG: N. Petan (6)
- Shots: P. Aberg (123)
- +/-: P. Aberg (+11)
- PIMS: G. Wilson (69)
HOME SWEET HOME
- Toronto’s home record is 16-8-0-0 (32 points) this season. Toronto’s longest home point streak reached 18 points from Oct. 5 to Nov. 24 (9-0-0-0).
- The Marlies have outscored their opponents 85-62. Kenny Agostino leads the Marlies in goals (14) and Jeremy Bracco in assists (18) at home.
- Goaltenders Kasimir Kaskisuo (8-3-0-0) and Joseph Woll (5-5-0-0) have combined to make 560 saves. Michael Hutchinson also started three games (3-0-0-0) at Coca-Cola Coliseum.
- Toronto is 18-5-2-2 when scoring first.
- The Marlies are 11-2-2-2 when leading after the first period and 16-1-1-0 when leading after the second period.
- Toronto is 17-10-1-2 when outshot by their opponent.
- The Marlies are 7-2-1-0 in Sunday games and are 2-3-0-0 in February.
CURRENT POINT STREAKS
- Kenny Agostino has assists (2) in consecutive games.
- Joseph Duszak has points (1-5-6) in four consecutive games.
- Teemu Kivihalme has assists (2) in consecutive games.
- Mason Marchment has goals (6) in three consecutive games.
- Matt Read has goals (2) in consecutive games.
- Rich Clune (high ankle sprain) did not dress for today’s game against Laval. He left Toronto’s game against Charlotte on January 19 and did not return.
- Kalle Kossila (migraines) did not dress for today’s game against Laval.
- Jesper Lindgren (high ankle sprain)did not dress for today’s game against Laval. Heleft Toronto’s game against Cleveland on January 24 in the third period and did not return.
- Nic Petan (shoulder) did not dress for today’s game against Laval. He left Toronto’s game against Rochester on Feb. 8 and did not return.
- February 7: Reassigned defenceman Joseph Duszak by Toronto (NHL) from Newfoundland (ECHL).
- February 7: Recalled defenceman Timothy Liljegren from loan by Toronto (NHL).
- February 5: Returned goaltender Kasimir Kaskisuo on loan from Toronto (NHL).
- February 4: Recalled goaltender Parker Gahagen from loan to Newfoundland (ECHL).
- February 4: Recalled goaltender Kasimir Kaskisuo from loan by Toronto (NHL).
- February 3: Recalled forward Giorgio Estephan from loan to Newfoundland (ECHL).
HEAD COACH GREG MOORE
On the team grabbing four of six points this weekend:
We’re very happy. The team is starting to see the results of the work and labour they’ve been putting in for the last few weeks. Things have been coming along and they found another way to play for sixty minutes. Our D corps was great tonight. Really solid, really good gaps, played well from the middle of the rink, we didn’t give up a ton. More importantly in the D zone we were really strong closing out and stalling them out not allowing them to go low to high using their point shots, which is a big part of their game.
On wins from their goaltenders:
We’re going to need both of those guys to be on their game to have a good push here for the rest of the season. Kas came in, played a heck of a game, kept us in it. Looked really confident, looked really calm in net and when you have a goalie showing those signs it gives confidence to the team to play well.
MASON MARCHMENT (1 GOAL)
On scoring six goals in three games:
Couple of lucky shots, couple of good shots and a couple of good passes from my linemates. Petey was finding me all weekend and even Brooksy and Kivi at the end there. It was just a good weekend overall.
On the team’s goaltending:
Yeah, they really stepped up this weekend. We trust them back there and we have full faith that they’re going to shut the door when we need them to. It was a full team effort I feel and it was just good to see.
MATT READ (1 GOAL)
On how the team played in this weekend’s three-in-three:
I think all three games were a step in the right direction. Last month kind of got away from us and I think all three games we played, I wouldn’t say the full sixty every game but we certainly made strides and found our confidence and I don’t think there are too many teams that can play with us when we play such a full game and team game out there.
February 14 at Belleville – 7:00 p.m. ET
February 15 vs Belleville – 4:00 p.m. ET
February 17 vs Binghamton – 3:00 p.m. ET (Scotiabank Arena)
February 19 vs Binghamton – 11:00 a.m. ET
February 22 at Laval – 3:00 p.m. ET