INJURY REPORT AT 1:30 P.M. TUESDAY
TOR@MIL Milwaukee Bucks Diakite, Mamadi Out G League – Two-Way
Holiday, Jrue Out Health and Safety Protocols
Merrill, Sam Out G League – On Assignment
Nwora, Jordan Out Injury/Illness – Left Ankle; Sprain
Toronto Raptors Anunoby, OG Doubtful Injury/Illness – Left Calf; Strained
Flynn, Malachi Out G League – On Assignment
Harris, Jalen Out G League – On Assignment
McCaw, Patrick Out Injury/Illness – Left Knee; Surgery – Rehabilitation
Watanabe, Yuta Doubtful Injury/Illness – Left Ankle; Sprained.
• The Toronto Raptors begin a three-game road trip (Feb. 16-19) Tuesday night against the Milwaukee Bucks at Fiserv Forum. The Raptors will face the Bucks in Milwaukee again Thursday, before visiting Minnesota on Friday. This marks Toronto’s fourth ‘series’ of the season where a team scheduled to play twice
in one market, has those games scheduled to be played consecutively. The Raptors are 4-2 in ‘series’ games, which includes a two-game sweep over Charlotte (H) and splits with both Miami (H) and Indiana (A). Toronto also swept consecutive games with Orlando, however it was a home-and-away set.
• Kyle Lowry led all scorers with 24 points (6-12 FG, 2-4 3PT, 10-12 FT) in a season-high 40 minutes Feb. 14 vs. Minnesota. Lowry has now scored 21+ points in three straight games (Feb. 10-14). He is averaging 23.0 points, shooting .585 (24-41) from the field and 50 percent (8-16) from three-point distance, during this stretch. Lowry also set highs in free throws made and attempted against the Timberwolves.
• Kyle Lowry is tied with Amir Johnson (2,836) for fourth on the franchise’s career rebounds list and is four away from passing Antonio Davis (2,839) for third. Lowry ranks first in Raptors history in assists (4,094) and third in scoring (10,174). Only three active players are inside the top-three all-time for a team in scoring, rebounds and assists, but none of those players are currently with that team; LeBron James (Cleveland), Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City) and Marc Gasol (Memphis).
• Fred VanVleet (19.9) and Chris Boucher (13.6) rank second and third, respectively, in scoring among Undrafted players this season – behind only Christian Wood (22.2). VanVleet’s franchise record 54 points
Feb. 2 at Orlando was the most points scored by an undrafted player in NBA history, while Boucher leads all reserves in the NBA this season with seven double-doubles off the bench.
• The Raptors rank second in the NBA averaging 20.5 points off turnovers and are tied for third in fast-break points per game (15.6). Kyle Lowry is averaging 3.8 fast-break points this season (seventh in the NBA).
• Fred VanVleet is shooting .906 (87-96) at the free throw line. The only player in franchise history to shoot 90 percent from the foul line in a season (min. 100 FTA) is Jose Calderon who shot .908 (109-120) at the stripe in 2007-08 and set the NBA single-season record shooting .981 (151-154) in 2008-09.
• OG Anunoby has missed the last 10 games (Jan. 27 – Feb. 14) due to a strained left calf. Prior to the injury, Anunoby had scored 10+ points in a career-high nine straight games (Jan. 10-25). He averaged 16.8 points, shooting .577 (30-52) from three-point range, during this streak.
• The Raptors have announced they will finish the 2020-21 season in Tampa, Florida. Because of ongoing border restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic and mindful of public safety measures in Canada, the team has decided they will continue to play their home games at Amalie Arena. Toronto will play 19 games
at home in the second half of the season.
• After a season-long six-game road trip, the Bucks return to Fiserv Forum for a season-long eight game homestand that spans 15 days and starts with two games against the Raptors tonight and Thursday. This is tied of the second-longest homestand in Bucks history and is the longest since the 2002-03 season (also 8 games).
• The Bucks defeated the Raptors, 115-108, in their first meeting of the season back on Jan. 27 in Tampa. Giannis Antetokounmpo led the Bucks with 24 points, a season-high-tying 18 rebounds and nine assists. Milwaukee has now won seven of its last nine regular season games over Toronto and would clinch its third consecutive season series victory with a win tonight or Thursday.
• In the Bucks final game of their road trip on Sunday against the Thunder, Antetokounmpo tallied his fourth triple-double of the season with 24 points, 17 rebounds, 10 assists, three steals and three blocks. Across the NBA, this was the first time a player’s had a triple-double with at least three blocks and three steals since Jan. 3 of last season (B. Simmons, 29 pts/13 rebs/11 asts/4 blks/3 stls).
• On the six-game road trip, Antetokounmpo averaged 31.2 points, which included scoring a season-high 47 points at Phoenix last Wednesday, 12.5 rebounds, 5.0 assists, 2.0 blocks and 1.2 steals per game. He’s now 7th in the NBA in scoring (28.0 ppg) and tied for 5th in rebounding (11.5 rpg) this season.
• Bobby Portis added a season-high-tying 21 points (9-14, 2-3 3FG) off the bench for the Bucks on Sunday, marking his fourth 20-point game of the season (had 6 in 2019-20). Portis, who is averaging 11.6 points and 7.3 rebounds per game, is now shooting a career-high 55.2% from the field this season and a career-high 47.5% from three (7th in the NBA).