RAPTORS-TIMBERWOLVES PREGAME NOTES

INJURY REPORT AT 5:30 P.M. FRIDAY

09:00 (ET) TOR@MIN Minnesota Timberwolves Culver, Jarrett Out Injury/Illness – Left Ankle; Sprain
Russell, D’Angelo Out Injury/Illness – Left Knee; Surgery
Toronto Raptors Harris, Jalen Out G League – On Assignment
Lowry, Kyle Questionable Injury/Illness – Left Thumb; Sprained
McCaw, Patrick Probable Injury/Illness – Left knee; Surgery – Rehabilitation

RAPTORS NOTES
• The Toronto Raptors finish a three-game road trip (Feb. 16-19) Friday night with the second game of a back-to-back set against Minnesota Timberwolves at Target Center. Toronto is winless (0-4) in the second game of a back-to-back this season. The Raptors return home to host the first of consecutive games versus the Philadelphia 76ers on Sunday (Feb. 21-23). Toronto will play five-of-seven games at home in Tampa to wrap-up its first half schedule. The Timberwolves beat the Toronto Raptors 116-112 on Sunday.
• After starting the 2020-21 campaign with one win in seven games, the Raptors have an opportunity against the Timberwolves to get back to .500 (14-15) for the first time this season.

Kyle Lowry missed his fourth game of the season yesterday at Milwaukee due to a left thumb sprain. Lowry injured the thumb in the first quarter Tuesday against the Bucks. The Raptors are 4-0 this season without Lowry in the lineup and 16-2 dating back to the start of last season.
• The Raptors are 6-3 in the month of February. Toronto ranks third in the NBA averaging 120.4 points in February, and tied for fourth shooting .412 (133-323) from beyond the arc. The Raptors have scored 120+ points six times this month after reaching the mark just twice in their first 20 games. Fred VanVleet (23.7),
Pascal Siakam (23.2) and Norman Powell (21.7) are all averaging 20+ points in February. The trio combined for 73 points in Thursday’s victory over the Bucks.
Fred VanVleet has led (or tied) the Raptors in assists in each of the last seven games (Feb. 6-18). VanVleet is averaging 8.3 assists during this stretch, totaling 58 assists compared to 21 turnovers.
Norman Powell scored 15 of his season high-tying 29 points in the first quarter last night at Milwaukee. Powell is averaging a team-high 5.9 points in the first quarter this season, inlcuding 8.3 points in February.
OG Anunoby returned to the lineup Tuesday at Milwaukee after missing the previous 10 games (Jan. 27 -Feb. 14) due to a strained left calf. Anunoby has scored 10+ points in a career-high 11 straight games played (Jan. 10 – Feb. 18). He is averaging 15.8 points, while shooting .500 (62-124) from the field
and .508 (32-63) from three-point range, during this streak.
Fred VanVleet (20.3) and Chris Boucher (13.4) rank second and fourth, respectively, in scoring among undrafted players this season. 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.

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