OG Anunoby (Health and Safety Protocols) – Out
Malachi Flynn (Health and Safety Protocols) – Out
Patrick McCaw (Health and Safety Protocols) – Out
Pascal Siakam (Health and Safety Protocols) – Out
Fred VanVleet (Health and Safety Protocols) – Out
• The Toronto Raptors begin a three-game road trip (Mar. 13-17) Saturday night against the Charlotte Hornets at Spectrum Center. It will mark the third and final meeting between the two teams this season. The Raptors won consecutive home games vs. Charlotte in January. Chris Boucher scored 20+ points in the
pair of victories, averaging a team-high 22.5 points. With a win Saturday, Toronto would sweep the season series with the Hornets for the second time in the last four seasons.
• Chris Boucher scored 29 points, one shy of his career high, Thursday vs. Atlanta. Boucher had a career-high 30 points (11-15 FG, 5-9 3PT, 3-4 FT) in in the final game before the All-Star break Mar. 4 at Boston. He is averaging 29.5 points and shooting 70 percent (21-30) from the field, including .538 (7-13) from beyond the arc, over the last two games. Boucher (63 3PT, 71 BLK) is the only player in the NBA with 60+three-point field goals and 60+ blocks this season.
• Norman Powell has scored 30+ points four times in the last eight games (Feb. 19 – Mar. 11); something he did four times in his first 334 NBA games. Powell has started his last 21 games played (Jan. 22 – Mar. 11), averaging a team-high 23.6 points and shooting .465 (67-144) from beyond the arc during this stretch.
• Toronto has dropped a season high-tying three straight games (Mar. 3-11). The Raptors have allowed 121+ points in all three losses, with opponents averaging 127.3 points and shooting .518 from the floor.
• Stanley Johnson has scored in double figures in consecutive games (Mar. 4-11), including a season-high 14 points Mar. 4 at Boston. Johnson has scored 10+ points in back-to-back games for the first time since Mar. 20-24, 2019 when he was with New Orleans.
• The Raptors will be without Pascal Siakam, Fred VanVleet and OG Anunoby, three of their top six scorers, and reserves Malachi Flynn and Patrick McCaw for the fourth straight game Saturday at Charlotte because of the NBA’s health and safety protocols. Siakam also missed Toronto’s game Feb. 26 against
Houston. Siakam (20.1), VanVleet (20.1) and Anunoby (13.8) have combined to average 54.0 points this season. Head Coach Nick Nurse returned to the bench Thursday against the Hawks after also missing the previous three games because of the NBA’s health and safety protocols.
• Kyle Lowry passed Chris Bosh (10,275) for second on the Raptors’ all-time scoring list Thursday vs. Atlanta. DeMar DeRozan is the franchise leader with 13,296 career points. Lowry is Toronto’s all-time leader in assists (4,155), steals (862), three-point field goals (1,473) and wins (361), ranks second in games played (585) and third in rebounds (2,873).
• Vinik Sports Group and the Raptors have announced they will welcome a limited number of fans, with a capacity of 3,800, back to Amalie Arena for games starting on March 19 when Toronto hosts Utah.
FEARLESS IN THE FOURTH QUARTER: Charlotte Hornets guard Terry Rozier has been stellar in the fourth quarter and in clutch moments for the Hornets as he had 12 points in the fourth quarter,
which were 12 of the Hornets last 15 points with just over three and a half minutes left in regulation vs. Detroit on Mar. 11. Rozier is averaging 3.4 points per game in 14 games played in clutch
situations and averaging 0.6 3s per game in those instances, which is tied for fourth among all player’s who have played in approximately 70% of their team’s qualified clutch games. Rozier’s
offensive rating in crunch time situations is 156.0 points per 100 possessions, which is second in the NBA among qualified players.
He had his second 20-point fourth quarter with 20 points vs. Golden State on Feb. 20, including seven in the final minute of the fourth. Rozier also had 21 points in the fourth quarter in the season
opener at Cleveland on Dec. 23, which is tied for the fifth most in the fourth quarter in the NBA this season as he is the only player in the NBA this season with multiple 20-point fourth quarters.
Rozier is one of seven players this season with 15+ points in three games or more in the fourth quarter this season as he is eighth in the NBA this season in total fourth quarter points with 209
and is second in the League in made 3s in the final quarter of regulation with 36.
Rozier is just the second player in franchise history with multiple 20-point fourth quarters in a season along with Kemba Walker (4, 2018-19) as he’s one of three players this season with four
or more made 3-point field goals in the fourth quarter in two games along with Damian Lillard and Jamal Murray. Last season, only three players (Trae Young: 4, Bradley Beal: 2, Zach Lavine:
2) had multiple games with a 20-point fourth quarter.
A FIRST HALF TO REMEMBER: Hornets guard LaMelo Ball got off to a strong start in the first half of his rookie season, including some honors and historically great accomplishments,
especially in the month of February. Below are some notes related to Ball’s first half performance.
• For his play during the first half of the season, Ball was named to the 2021 U.S. Team Rising Stars Roster, selected by the other assistant coaches in the NBA. Accoding to Elias
Sports Bureau, he is the only player over the last 60 seasons to lead all rookies in total points, rebounds, assists and steals at the All-Star break. • Also according to ESB, Ball is just the sixth player in NBA history to lead all rookies in total points, rebounds and assists along with Alvan Adams (1975-76), Oscar Robertson
(1960-61), Wil Chamberlain (1959-60), Elgin Baylor (1958-59) and Bob Pettit (1954-55). Each of those five players went on to when Rookie of the Year in their respective rookie
season and four of the five went on to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. • Ball made 13 appearances in February, all starts, and averaged 20.1 points, 6.3 rebounds, 6.7 assists and 1.7 steals per game while shooting .452% from the field, .407% from
3-point range and .864% from the free throw line. For his performance, Ball earned Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month for a second consecutive month to become the
second Hornets rookie in franchise history to win back-to-back Rookie of the Month awards in the first two months it was awarded. • Ball was one of five players in February to appear in at least five games and average 20.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 1.5 steals or more per game along with Nikola
Jokic, LeBron James, Jimmy Butler and Pascal Siakam; only him and Jokic shot .400% or better from beyond the arc. Over the last 20 seasons, Ball becomes just the fifth rookie
to average 20-5-5 in February: Stephen Curry (’09-10), Luka Doncic (’18-19), Tyreke Evans (’09-10) and Russell Westbrook (’08-09) as him and Curry are the only ones to also
average 1.5 steals per game. • According to ESPN Stats & Info, per Elias Sports Bureau, Ball became the third teenager to average 20-6-6 in a calendar month (min. 10 games), joining Doncic and James who
each did it multiple times. • Ball scored 20 points in eight games during February, which most by a Hornets rookie, surpassing Alonzo Mourning’s seven 20-point games in February during the 1992-93
season. Ball had the most 20-point games in the second month of the year by a first-year player since Zion Williamson (9) during the 2019-20 season.
LaMELO DOES IT AGAIN: Hornets first-year guard LaMelo Ball continues to impress as he recorded 30 points, eight assists, six rebounds and a career-high tying four steals at Portland
on Mar. 1 for his first game with 30 points, five rebounds and five assists. Ball is the third youngest player in NBA history with 30-5-5 at 19 years and 191 days old, only behind LeBron
James (Six times, youngest: 18 years, 334 days) and Kevin Durant (19 years, 190 days). Ball is the youngest player with 30-5-5 along with four steals and just the sixth rookie over the
last 20 seasons with that stat line as well as just the third rookie since the 2009-10 season along with Luka Doncic (3/6/19) and Stephen Curry (3/13, 3/24/10).
In franchise history, Ball is just the third rookie with 30 points, five rebounds and five assists along with Raymond Felton (3/22/06 at CLE) and Larry Johnson (1/22/92 vs. CHI, 3/19/92
@ PHI) as only Ball and Felton also tallied four-plus steals. The last Hornets player to total 30-5-5 was Malik Monk on Jan. 24, 2020 with 31 points, five rebounds and five dimes as
Kemba Walker is the last player with such a performance along with four or more steals on Nov. 15, 2016; Walker had 30 points, five rebounds six assists and five steals at Minnesota.
Ball is one of nine players this season with 30-5-5-4 and just one of two rookies along with Sixers guard Tyrese Maxey with 30-5-5 in a game. Ball has posted 20-5-5 in six games this
season, tied with Felton for the second most games by a Hornets rookie only behind Johnson (16) as he is just one of four rookies in franchise history with multiple 30-point games
(Alonzo Mourning, 8; Johnson, 3; Felton, 2). Ball is tied for the fourth most games with 20-5-5 by a rookie in their teens along with Kevin Durant.
LaMELO’S GONE STREAKING: Hornets guard LaMelo Ball had 30 points and eight assists as he has now had four straight games with 20 points and five assists (24p/12a at SAC, 2/28; 20p/6a at GSW, 2/26; 20p/8a at PHX, 2/24). Ball’s four-game streak is the longest by a rookie in the NBA since Ja Morant had four straight games with at least 20 points and
five assists from Mar. 7 to August 2, 2020. He the only Hornets rookie in franchise history with four straight 20-5 games as Larry Johnson had two three-game streaks with Ball also
holding the franchise record for most 20-point, 10 assist games by a Hornets rookie with three, which is also tied for the second most by a Hornets player over the last three seasons
and the most since Devonte’ Graham (6) during the 2019-20 season.
Ball now has 12 games this season with 20+ points, tied for the fifth most by a Hornets rookie with Adam Morrison (2006-07). Ball has had 20+ points five straight games, just the third
rookie in franchise history with such a streak along with Johnson and Alonzo Mourning as it is the longest since by a Hornets rookie since Mourning scored 20+ in 13 straight games
from Mar. 24 to Apr. 17, 1993. Ball’s streak is the longest by a rookie in the NBA since Zion Williamson who had 13 straight 20-point outings from Jan. 31 to Mar. 4, 2020.
Washington is the first Hornets player with two 20-point halves in the same game since Kemba Walker on Apr. 10, 2019 when Walker had a 22-point first half and 21-point second half.
40-POINT SCORERS: Hornets forward PJ Washington scored a career-high 42 points as he is the third Hornets player this season with 40+ points along with guard Terry Rozier (42, 12/23 at CLE; 41, 2/12 vs. MIN) and forward Gordon Hayward (44, 1/6 at ATL). Charlotte is one of two teams along with the Nets (Kevin Durant, James Harden, Kyrie Irving) to have
three players with a 40-point game this season as the Hornets are tied for the fifth most 40-point games with Brooklyn and Golden State with four as Philadelphia leads the NBA with
six games where a player has had 40+ points. This marks the first time in franchise history where the Hornets have had three players with at least one 40-point game in a season.
ROZIER’S EXCELLENCE: Hornets guard Terry Rozier has been tremendous all season long, including a strong performance in February. Here are a few notes on Rozier’s performance
this season and how it stacks up in franchise history as well as against other players in the NBA this season.
• In his second season with Charlotte, Rozier is averaging 20.4 points, 3.8 rebounds and 3.2 assists while shooting .488% from the field and .435% from 3-point range. Rozier is one
of four qualified players this season (appeared in 70% of team’s games) along with Clippers forward Paul George, Bulls guard Zach Lavine and Bucks forward Khris Middleton,
averaging at least 20.0 points and making .475% of their field goal attempts and .425% of their 3-point tries. • Rozier ranks tied for 10th in the NBA this season in total 3-point field goals made with 114 and is averaging 3.4 3-point field goals made per game, which ranks tied for ninth
among league leaders. Rozier’s also tied for 17th in the NBA in 3-point field goal percentage. • Rozier totaled 31 points at Minnesota on Mar. 3, including 18 points in the third quarter alone along with five made 3s, tying the franchise record for made 3-pointers in a quarter.
Rozier has had three 40-point games and 12 30-point games in one and a half seasons with the Hornets compared to just two 30-point games in his first four NBA seasons. • Rozier has scored 15+ points in six quarters this season as he is one of 13 players in the NBA with six or more quarters with 15+ points. He is also just one of nine players with
nine or more games with five-plus makes from beyond the arc. • He recorded 36 points vs. Golden State on Feb. 20, as he had four straight 30-point games from Feb. 10 to 20, after 33 points vs. SA on Feb. 14, 41 points vs. MIN on Feb. 12 and
34 points at MEM on Feb. 10. This was the first time Rozier’s had 30+ points in four consecutive games as he is one of eight players this season with 30 points or more in four
consecutive games. • He is the first Hornets player with four straight 30-point performances since Kemba Walker (5, 2/2-2/11/19) and just the third player in franchise history with a 30-point streak
of four games or longer along with Walker and Glen Rice who both completed the feat two times. • Rozier is one of 13 players this season with multiple 40-point performances as well as one of 13 players with 35+ points in four or more outings this season. • Over the four-game stretch, Rozier averaged 36.0 points (.600 FG%, .590 3pt%, 1.000 FT%), 5.0 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game as he is one of nine players this season to
average 36.0 points or more over a four-game span, according to Basketball Reference. He is just the third player in franchise history to average at least 36.0 points over a
four-game period along with Rice (36.8 from 1/28-2/2/97; 36.3, 4/2-4/7/97) and Walker (36.0, 11/17-11/23/18). • Rozier totaled 20 points in the fourth quarter alone vs. Golden State and 28 in the second half has scored 25+ points in three halves this season, all in the second half, as he’s one
of 10 players with three 25-point halves and one of six with three 25-point second halves. Rozier is one of five players this season with multiple 20-point quarters overall as he
scored 10+ points in a quarter 10 times during the month of February, including seven 10-point quarters over the four-game stretch where he had at least 30 points each game. • He had 30+ points in four of the 10 games he appeared in February and 20+ points in six of his 10 games; he is just the sixth player in franchise history with four or more 30-point
games in February. • In 11 games in February, Rozier averaged 23.1 points, 3.9 rebounds and 3.6 assists while shooting .517% from the field, .447% from beyond the arc and .944% from the free
throw line in February. Rozier was one of 10 players along to average at least 20.0 points and shoot .500% or better from the floor and .400% from 3-point distance (1 3PA/
Game) in five or more games in February. Among that group, he was just one of three players with Nuggets center Nikola Jokic and Raptors guard Normal Powell to also shoot
.900% or better from the line.