“I don’t know. It could have backfired, I guess. I just thought at that point in time, in a game of this magnitude and all, that he had done his job. And we had a bullpen that all the guys we use had two days off, and they were only going to pitch an inning apiece, and that made them available for the next two games after if it went south.” — Brian Snitker on removing Ian Anderson after five innings.


October 29, 2021

Brian Snitker

Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Truist Park

Atlanta Braves

Postgame 3 Press Conference

Atlanta – 2, Houston – 0

Q. Brian, can you talk about what went into the decision to pull Ian when you did? Not just with the no-hitter but also against the —

BRIAN SNITKER: The no-hitter thing, he wasn’t going to pitch a nine-inning no-hitter.

Q. I was going to say also against the backdrop of two bullpen games.

BRIAN SNITKER: No, but still I’m — and I told Ian, I said, Ian, I’ll be honest with you. One of the things was he was throwing a lot of pitches in the top half of that lineup, getting ready to go back out when he did.

I thought the fourth inning he really had to work to get through that. He had a really good fifth inning. And then I told him because he was like, are you sure? Are you sure? (Laughter). But I was just like, Ian, I’m going with my gut right here. Just my eyes, my gut.

It would have been real easy to let him go out. I don’t know, something just — our guys were rested that we like, and I just thought at some point those guys had saw, I think, Altuve — their first three hitters saw multiple — had 12, 9 — I think 12 pitches that they saw off him. I was like he’s getting out of trouble, and he’s making pitches. You look up there — and he was making pitches when he had to. That’s what I said earlier today. The kid never stops pitching. He never stops trying to make pitches.

I don’t know. It could have backfired, I guess. I just thought at that point in time, in a game of this magnitude and all, that he had done his job. And we had a bullpen that all the guys we use had two days off, and they were only going to pitch an inning apiece, and that made them available for the next two games after if it went south.

Q. Were you almost relieved when they get that hit in the ninth inning after the only hit to that point was the one that falls —

BRIAN SNITKER: No, I wasn’t relieved. I wanted to catch that ball (laughter). There was no relief at all.

Q. In retrospect, I should say?

BRIAN SNITKER: No, no, no. I was like, oh, my God, now they’re bringing — no, I wasn’t relieved after that.


Q. What can you say about Ian, what he’s been able to do in his postseason career so far?

BRIAN SNITKER: He’s been awesome. Like I said, the kid is so mature. But we got a lot of three-ball counts. The biggest credit to Ian is he never stops trying to make pitches, making pitches. He never gives in. He stays with his stuff. He stays with the game plan. If it doesn’t work, he goes to the next hitter and starts anew.

He’s got a really good quality of limiting damage when he’s not real sharp. I don’t know, it’s just we had all our guys gassed up today. I kind of liked how it set up after — and I think too in the postseason — we hadn’t scored any runs either. So he’s one mistake away from a really good outing going awry honestly, which against this lineup is really easy to happen.

So I just kind of felt that he got us to a really good point in the game.

Q. When you go through this game, do you have to just forget about the fact there’s two bullpen games coming and just focus on this one?

BRIAN SNITKER: No, I was all about winning today, and we’ll deal with tomorrow tomorrow. It is, we’re going to have to use a lot of the other guys, and that’s just — hopefully, we score more runs.

Q. Do you have a pitcher for tomorrow?

BRIAN SNITKER: We’re still talking. It’s going to be an opener. We’re not sure. Right now we’re still, as things get rushed through, talking about who that’s going to be. But we’ll have one here shortly.

Q. Now that you’ve experienced it, what was your first World Series experience like at Truist Park, and how special was it when they honored Hank Aaron?

BRIAN SNITKER: It was awesome. It was everything I thought it would be. The fans were unbelievable. I’m sure outside in The Battery everything was just crazy. No, it was really cool. Really cool. I thought — you know, I got to hug Billye, you know, and (pausing) tell her how much I missed Hank.

Q. I’m wondering, you have an important job, obviously, which is to try to win this game, number one. Do you ever think about the game or about history or what might be most entertaining, or are you so focused on a singular event, I need to win a baseball game?

BRIAN SNITKER: I need to win a baseball game. I don’t see a lot of stuff. Over the course of my career, my wife is, “You see this, you see that?” I was like, “No.” You just get so locked in on the game itself, and you don’t see things because there’s just so much going on in the course of the game.

Q. All the reasons you stated about pulling him are perfectly logical. But it still has never really happened, I don’t think, a pitcher being pulled from a no-hitter in the World Series when he’s healthy. Are those kind of decisions something you’ve evolved into over time? Because it’s probably not something we would have seen —

BRIAN SNITKER: No, that’s a good question, and you’re probably right. The me of old, probably a couple years ago, would be how the hell am I doing this, quite honestly? But the pitch count was such that he wasn’t going nine innings. So it wasn’t about that.

I’ve had that happen to me a few times during the regular season where you let guys go. He wasn’t going to throw a no-hitter himself. It was going to be a combined no-hitter if he did it. He probably only had one more inning in him after we took him out.

Q. You guys have not lost a game at Truist Park this postseason. What is it about this ballpark this year in the postseason?

BRIAN SNITKER: The guys like playing here. I mean, they do. Guys ask me during the season, how come you win on the road and you don’t win at home and vice versa? I don’t know what it is. I know the guys like playing here. They like being at home. They like our atmosphere. Just everything internally. Our fans are awesome.

I keep saying it and saying it, this Braves Country thing is real. It is so good, and our players love it, appreciate it, and it’s a real thing how these people come out and support this club. And they do feed off of it. I’m sorry, they feed off of it.

Q. Brian, what was your view on the Diaz hit? Did you think Rosario could have gotten to it? What was the reaction in the dugout?

BRIAN SNITKER: I hadn’t seen it. I’ll be honest with you, I was sitting back in the dugout, which I normally don’t, just because of the elements, and I haven’t seen a replay or whatever. I know it was probably one of those in between type things.

I’m going to tell you what, to the players’ credit, it is hard to hear. It is so loud, and it’s hard to hear. That’s one of those plays where you practice, if you’ve got someone that can work the pitching machine really good to do that play, when we do pop-up priorities in Spring Training, that’s a big play that we do so we don’t have wrecks and guys take command of that.

But in these circumstances, anything can happen because guys can’t hear each other.

Q. Was there a reaction in the dugout, or was it just tying run’s on base now?

BRIAN SNITKER: Yeah, I reacted. I don’t know, I just reacted. Number one, I didn’t care about a no-hitter. I just care about the tie run getting on. It happens. It’s a tough play right there.FastScripts Transcript by ASAP Sports

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2021-22 Matchups vs. Detroit: First of Four
2020-21 Record vs. Detroit: N/A
Next Game vs. Detroit: Saturday, January 29 at Detroit
Toronto Season Record: 3-4-1
Toronto Home Record: 2-1-1
TV: Sportsnet RADIO: Sportsnet 590

October 17, 2021
Goaltender Michael Hutchinson recalled on an emergency basis from
the Toronto Marlies (AHL)
October 16, 2021 Alex Bishop signed to a one-game amateur tryout
October 11, 2021 Adam Brooks claimed off waivers by the Montréal Canadiens.
October 10, 2021
Defenceman Alex Biega and forward Kurtis Gabriel have been assigned
to the Toronto Marlies (AHL).
October 9, 2021 Forward Kirill Semyonov has been loaned to the Toronto Marlies (AHL).

Score: Toronto 3 at Chicago 2 – OTW
Date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021
TOR Goals: Tavares, Kämpf, Nylander
CHI Goals: Dach, Debrincat
TOR Goaltender: Campbell, 27-29, .931 SV%
CHI Goaltender: Lankinen, 37-40, .925 SV%
TOR Power Play: 0-for-3
CHI Power Play: 1-for-3

Date: Tuesday, November 2, 2021
Opponent: vs. Vegas Golden Knights
Broadcast Information: TSN4 (TV), TSN 1050 (Radio)

Ilya Mikheyev Thumb
Man Games Lost: 8

Games Played: Wayne Simmonds (34), Morgan Rielly (27), John Tavares (25)
Goals: Auston Matthews (12), John Tavares (10), Jason Spezza (8)
Assists: John Tavares (25), Wayne Simmonds (14), Morgan Rielly (13)
Points: John Tavares (35), Wayne Simmonds (21), Auston Matthews (19)
Penalty Minutes: Wayne Simmonds (49), Jake Muzzin (15), Nick Ritchie (15)

Points % GF/Game GA/Game PP% PK% SF/G SA/G FO%
Toronto .438 2.00 3.13 12.0% 85.2% 34.4 30.1 55.9%
NHL Rank 21st-T 29th 20th-T 27th-T 9th-T 5th 10th-T 2nd

Power Play: 3/25 (12.0%)
Power Play Goal Leader: 1 (Engvall, Spezza, Nylander)
Power Play Point Leader: 2 (Spezza, Nylander)
2020-21 Power Play: 31/155 (20.0%)

ON THE PK IN 2021-22
Penalty Kill: 23/27 (85.2%)
Shorthanded Goal Leader: N/A
Shorthanded Point Leader: N/A
2020-21 Penalty Kill: 113/144 (78.5%)


Saturday games 3 of 22 (10 home, 12 road)
Back-to-Backs played 2 of 13
Record in first game of Back-to-Back 1-1-0
Record in second game of Back-to-Back 0-2-0
October games 9th of 9 (5 home, 4 road)

Recorded his 200th NHL goal, Oct. 25 at CAR. Per NHL Stats, Matthews
required the second-fewest games to reach 200 goals in Maple Leafs
history among players who debuted with the team, trailing only Charlie
Conacher (317 games).
Recorded his 300th NHL point with a goal on Feb. 8 vs. VAN, tying Charlie
Conacher to become the second-fastest Maple Leaf to reach the mark at
294 games.
Recorded his 300th NHL point with an assist on Apr. 13 vs. CGY to
become the sixth defenceman in franchise history to record 300 points with
the club.
MORGAN RIELLY Recorded his 250th career NHL assist, Oct. 27 at CHI
WAYNE SIMMONDS Skated in his 950th career NHL game, Oct. 16 vs. OTT
JOHN TAVARES Recorded his 200th point with the Maple Leafs on Oct. 18 vs. NYR.


DET 2 vs. FLA 3 OT (10/29/21)
1ST PERIOD: FLA Luostarinen (Nutivaara, Montour) 8:43-EV; FLA Barkov (Duclair) 18:49-EV
2ND PERIOD: DET Gagner (Stecher, Stephens) 2:15-EV
3RD PERIOD: DET Suter (Seider, Fabbri) 17:19-EV
OT: FLA Barkov (Huberdeau, Weegar) 3:29-EV
SHOTS: DET 30 (11-7-11-1) / FLA 33 (10-14-7-2)
GOALIES: DET Nedeljkovic (OTL, 30-33) / FLA Bobrovsky (W, 28-30)
PP: DET 0-4 / FLA 0-3
MAN GAMES LOST (games missed / out since)
Jakub Vrana – shoulder (8 / Oct. 11)
Gustav Lindstrom – lower body (2 / Oct. 27)
Total Man Games Lost: 12
Individual Man Games Lost: Bertuzzi (1), Larkin (1)
10/30 – Recalled F Joe Veleno from Grand Rapids
10/26 – Assigned F Kyle Criscuolo to Grand Rapids
10/11 – Assigned F Riley Barber, Taro Hirose and Joe Veleno to Grand Rapids…Designated F Kyle Criscuolo and D Seth Barton as injured nonroster…Placed F Jakub Vrana on IR…Released F Bobby Ryan from his PTO
TONIGHT: 673rd all-time meeting, 334th in TOR…1st of 4 games this season, 1st of 2 in TOR
ALL-TIME at TOR: 286-286-93-7 / AWAY: 111-172-47-3 / LAST 10: 3-6-1 / IN 2020-21: 0-0-0 / THIS SEASON: 0-0-0
DET top scorers vs. TOR: Nick Leddy (3-12-15 in 21 GP), Marc Staal (3-12-15 in 37 GP), Dylan Larkin (6-7-13 in 18 GP), Sam Gagner (6-7-13 in 21
GP), Vladislav Namestnikov (3-3-6 in 17 GP)
TOR top scorers vs. DET: John Tavares (10-25-35 in 25 GP), Wayne Simmonds (7-14-21 in 34 GP), Auston Matthews (12-7-19 in 14 GP), Jason
Spezza (8-9-17 in 23 GP), Morgan Rielly (4-13-17 in 27 GP), Mitch Marner (4-7-11 in 14 GP), William Nylander (6-5-11 in 16 GP), T.J. Brodie (2-9-11 in
19 GP)
NOTES: DET F Robby Fabbri played for the Toronto Jr. Canadiens prior to beginning his major junior career…DET F Sam Gagner had 37 points (12-
25-37) in 43 GP with the AHL’s Toronto Marlies in 2018-19…DET F Givani Smith is a Toronto native, 1-of-6 Ontario-born skaters on the team and 10
with OHL experience…TOR G Jack Campbell is a Port Huron native who played for the U.S. NTDP from 2008-10…TOR G Petr Mrazek played for
DET from 2013-18…TOR F Auston Matthews skated for the NTDP from 2013-15 prior to turning pro…TOR F William Nylander is the son of Michael
Nylander, who racked up 18 points (2-16-18) in 24 GP with the AHL’s Grand Rapids Griffins in 2009-10…TOR F Jason Spezza made his pro debut with
the AHL’s Grand Rapids Griffins in 2001-02, appearing in 3 playoff games…TOR head coach Sheldon Keefe had 12 points (7-5-12) in 13 GP with the
IHL’s Detroit Vipers in 2000-01…TOR asst. coach Spencer Carbery was head coach of the OHL’s Saginaw Spirit in 2016-17…TOR goaltending coach
Steve Briere appeared in 21 games for the ECHL’s Toledo Storm in 2001-02…TOR advisor Paul MacLean showed 71 points (36-35-71) in 76 GP for
DET in 1988-89 and later served as an asst. coach with the team from 2005-11…TOR president Brendan Shanahan won 3 Stanley Cup championships
with DET and amassed 633 points (309-324-633) in 716 GP for the club from 1996-06.
Oct. 29 vs. FLA – 3-2 OTL
DET erased a 2-goal deficit for the 2nd-straight game to rescue a point against unbeaten FLA…Pius Suter’s game-tying goal was his 1st for DET…
Moritz Seider tallied his team-leading 7th helper on Suter’s goal, extending his assist streak to 4 consecutive games…Seider also recorded a careerhigh 26:31 time on ice, which is the most of any DET skater this season…Sam Gagner got DET on the board with his second goal of the season…Troy
Stecher drew an assist on Gagner’s goal for his 1st point of the season, while Mitchell Stephens picked up his 3rd assist in as many games…Dylan
Larkin racked up a season-best 7 shots on goal…Alex Nedeljkovic has yet to lose in regulation against FLA, going 3-0-3 in 6 career head-to-head
meetings…Michael Rasmussen logged a season-high 5 hits…With a point in tonight’s contest, DET is guaranteed to finish October above the .500
mark for the 1st time since the 2016-17 season, when it ended the opening month with a 6-4-0 record…DET is 3-0-1 when winning 50.0 percent or more
of its faceoffs this season…DET was assessed a season-low 6 PIM.
Detroit Red Wings: Media Notes
Oct. 27 at WSH – 3-2 W
DET came back from a 2-0 hole to win its 1st OT decision of the season and improve to 4-2-1…DET captured its 1st OT win since 1/19/21 vs. CBJ and
earned its 1st road OT victory since Dennis Cholowski scored on 11/12/19 at ANA…Dylan Larkin netted his 5th career OT goal and 15th GWG, which
was assisted by Lucas Raymond along with Moritz Seider…Adam Erne had a goal and an assist for his 2nd multi-point game of the season…Pius
Suter recorded his 1st point for DET with the secondary assist on Robby Fabbri’s game-tying goal…Thomas Greiss stopped 26 shots and is 9-1-3
with a 1.78 GAA, .941 SV% and 2 shutouts in his last 14 appearances, dating back to 4/4/21 vs. TB.

  • Lucas Raymond ranks among the NHL rookie leaders with 4 goals (1st), 4 assists (T2nd), 8 points (1st) and a plus-5 rating (T1st) through 8 games.
  • Is the 1st NHL rookie to record a hat trick and log 4 points (3-1-4) in a single game this season.
  • At 19 years, 210 days, became the 2nd-youngest player in franchise history to record a hat trick. Steve Yzerman scored 3 goals at 18 years, 228 days
    on 12/23/83 at TOR)
  • Became the 3rd player in franchise history with a 4-point game aged 19-or-younger, joining Steve Yzerman (3-1-4 on 12/23/83 at TOR) and Gordie
    Howe (0-4-4 on 12/17/47 at CHI).
  • Became the 1st DET rookie to score 3-or-more goals in a game since Johan Garpenlov (4-0-4) accomplished the feat on 11/23/90 vs. STL.
  • Tyler Bertuzzi ranks among the Atlantic Division leaders with 6 goals (T1st), 9 points (T3rd) and a plus-8 rating (T5th) through 7 games.
  • Became the 3rd DET skater in the past 25 years to have at least 9 points through their first 5 games of a season, joining Henrik Zetterberg (2-7-9 in
    2015-16 and 3-6-9 in 2007-08) and Brendan Shanahan (7-3-10 in 2001-02).
  • Is the 4th DET player in the last 30 years to score at least 6 goals in their first 5 games of a season, joining Sergei Fedorov (1993-94), Brendan
    Shanahan (1998-99 and 2001-02) and Anthony Mantha (2019-20).
  • Tonight is assistant equipment manager John Remejes’ 1,000th NHL game.
  • Greiss is 2 wins from 150
  • Larkin is 3 points from 300
  • DeKeyser is 4 games from 500
    Oct. 30, 1957 – Terry Sawchuk recorded his 69th career shutout in a 4-0 win at NYR.
    Oct. 30, 1992 – Bob Probert had two goals and a pair of assists in a 7-1 win vs. TOR.
    Oct. 30, 2001 – Pavel Datsyuk scored his first career goal and added an assist in a 5-2 win at CAR.
    Most Goals: 4, Bertuzzi, Oct. 14 vs. TB
    Most Assists: 3, Larkin, Oct. 24 at CHI
    Most Points: 4, Raymond, Oct. 24 at CHI; Bertuzzi, Oct. 14 vs. TB
    Most SOG: 7, Larkin, Oct. 29 vs. FLA
    Most PIM: 14, Hronek, Oct. 16 vs. VAN
    Most TOI: 26:31, Seider, Oct. 29 vs. FLA
    Most Hits: 5, Rasmussen, Oct. 29 vs. FLA
    Most Blocked Shots: 6, Lindstrom, Oct. 23 at MTL
    Most Saves: 41, Nedeljkovic, Oct. 14 vs. TB
    Longest Goal Streak: n/a
    Longest Assist Streak: 4, Seider, Oct. 23-pres.
    Longest Point Streak: 4, Seider, Oct. 23-pres.
    Most GF, Game 6, twice (MR: Oct. 24 at CHI) 7, Oct. 14 vs. TB
    Fewest GF, Game 0, Oct. 21 vs. CGY 1, twice (MR: Oct. 19 vs. CBJ)
    Longest Win Streak – Overall: 2, twice (MR: Oct. 24-27) / Home: 2, Oct. 16-19 / Road: 2, Oct. 24-pres.
    Longest Winless Streak – Overall: 2, Oct. 21-23 / Home: n/a / Road: n/a
    Longest Point Streak – Overall: 3, twice (MR: Oct. 24-pres.) / Home: 3, Oct. 14-19 / Road: 2, Oct. 24-pres.

  • Red Savage (144th overall/2021) was named NCHC Freshman of the Week for the period from Oct. 18-24. Savage notched 3 assists and a plus-2
    rating during Miami’s series against Bowling Green on Oct. 22-23. He is the son of Brian Savage, who had 359 points (192-167-359) in 641 NHL games
    between MTL, PHX, STL and PHI.
  • The Grand Rapids Griffins (1-3-0-1) fell 3-0 to the Chicago Wolves on Wednesday at Van Andel Arena. Calvin Pickard garnered 3rd-star honors after
    stopping 29 shots. Next Game: Oct. 30 vs. Milwaukee.
    Most GF, Period 4, twice, (MR: Oct. 24 at CHI, 2nd) 3, three times (MR: Oct. 23 at MTL, 2nd)
    Most SOG, Game 45, Oct. 19 vs. CBJ 48, Oct. 14 vs. TB
    Most SOG, Period 19, Oct. 24 at CHI, 2nd 23, Oct. 16 vs. VAN, 3rd
    Fewest SOG, Game 21, Oct. 16 vs. VAN 23, Oct. 19 vs. CBJ
    Fewest SOG, Period 4, Oct. 23 at MTL, 1st 3, Oct. 23 at MTL, 3rd
    Most PPG, Game 1, four times (MR: Oct. 24 at CHI) 3, Oct. 14 vs. TB
    Most PIM, Game 26, twice (MR: Oct. 16 vs. VAN) 24, Oct. 16 vs. VAN
    Fewest PIM, Game 6, Oct. 29 vs. FLA 4, Oct. 27 at WSH
    Fastest Consec. Goals
    1:04, Oct. 19 vs. CBJ
    (Namestnikov, Erne)
    1:12, Oct. 14 vs. TB
    (Stamkos, Stamkos)
    Fastest Goal, Start of Game
    5:25, Oct. 23 at MTL
    8:43, Oct. 29 vs. FLA
    Fastest Goal, Start of Period
    0:18, Oct. 14 vs. TB, 2nd
    1:58, Oct. 24 at CHI, 3rd
    DET recorded a shutout 5/1/21, 1-0 vs. TB (Greiss) 4/27/21, 0-1 at CBJ (Greiss)
    DET was shutout 10/21/21, 3-0 vs. CGY (Markstrom) 4/27/21, 1-0 at CBJ (Merzlikins)
    DET scored in OT
    1/19/21, Bertuzzi vs. CBJ
    10/27/21, Larkin at WSH (Vanecek)
    Opp. scored in OT
    10/29/21, Barkov. vs. FL



Scottie Barnes is the second rookie in @Raptors history to reach 100 points through his first six games. The first was Damon Stoudamire, the 1995-96 Rookie of the Year.

• The Toronto Raptors play the first game of a three-game road trip (Oct. 30 – Nov. 3), and the second game of a back-to-back set, Saturday night against the Indiana Pacers at Gainbridge Fieldhouse. The Raptors defeated
Indiana 118-100 earlier this week in Toronto. Fred VanVleet had a season-high 26 points and a career-best 10 rebounds in the victory. Toronto has won five of the last seven meetings with the Pacers. The Raptors play at New York on Monday before wrapping up the trip Wednesday in Washington.
Fred VanVleet (28) and Gary Trent Jr. (26) rank first and second, respectively, in the NBA in deflections this
season. VanVleet (199) finished tied for fifth in deflections last season despite missing 20 games. Trent Jr. currently ranks fourth in the league in steals per game (2.67) and has recorded multiple steals in four of the first six
games, inlcuding a career high-tying five steals twice.
• Rookie Scottie Barnes led the Raptors in points and rebounds in the same game for the first time with 21 points and nine rebounds in Friday’s victory over Orlando. According to @nbastats, Barnes (106) is just the second
rookie in Raptors history to score 100 points through his first six games. The first was Damon Stoudamire who scored 100 points. Stoudamire was the 1995-96 Rookie of the Year.
• Toronto committed a season-low eight turnovers Friday night against the Magic. Through the first six games, the Raptors now have a +25 (84-to-109) turnover differential. The Raptors forced Indiana into 23 turnovers Wednesday which led to 31 points for Toronto.
• Rookie Dalano Banton has led the bench in scoring with 10 points in back-to-back games (Oct. 27-29). He is shooting .615 (8-for-13) from the field over the last two games. A native of Toronto, Banton became the first Canadian picked by the Raptors when he was selected 46th overall in the 2021 NBA Draft.
• The Raptors (14.8) currently rank second in the NBA in offensive rebounds per game, behind only Memphis (15.0), and fifth in second-chance points per game (16.8). Toronto finished last season ranked 20th in the league
in offensive rebounds (9.4). Scottie Barnes leads the Raptors with 18 offensive rebounds this season.
OG Anunoby has scored 16+ points in four straight games (Oct. 23-29), averaging a team-high 21.5 points. Anunoby is shooting .458 (33-72) from the floor, including .429 (15-35) from beyond the arc, during this stretch.
• Toronto shot a season-high .500 (43-86) from the field, including .684 (13-19) in the fourth, in Friday’s victory vs.
Orlando. The Raptors are shooting 48 percent (129-269) from the floor over the last three games (Oct. 25-29)
after shooting .376 (106-282) from the field in their first three games of the season (Oct. 20-23).

• The Raptors have exercised the third-year team option on the rookie scale
contracts of Precious Achiuwa and Malachi Flynn. Both players are now
signed through the 2022-23 season. Achiuwa averaged 5.0 points, 3.4 rebounds and 12.1 minutes in 61 games as a rookie last season with Miami.
For his efforts, he was named to the World Team roster for the 2021 NBA
Rising Stars. Flynn averaged 7.5 points, 2.9 assists, 2.5 rebounds and 19.7
minutes in 47 appearances, and was named Eastern Conference Rookie of
the Month for April.
• The Raptors have added Nate Bjorkgren, Trevor Gleeson, Nathaniel
Mitchell and Earl Watson
as assistant coaches to Head Coach Nick
Nurse’s staff. Eric Khoury will also return to the team as an assistant
coach after two seasons with Raptors 905, Toronto’s G League affiliate.
Lead assistant Adrian Griffin will return to the Toronto bench for a fourth
season, along with assistant coaches John Corbacio, Jon Goodwillie,
Jim Sann, and player development consultant Jamaal Magloire.
• The Toronto Raptors acquired guard Goran Dragic and forward Precious
from Miami as part of a sign-and-trade for six-time All-Star Kyle
. Lowry is Toronto’s all-time leader in assists (4,277), steals (873),
three-pointers made (1,518) and triple-doubles (16). In nine seasons, he
accumulated 365 regular season wins and 44 playoff victories also making
him the winningest player in franchise history. He helped the Raptors to
seven consecutive playoff appearances (2014-20), six Atlantic Division
titles, five 50-win seasons and the NBA championship in 2019.
• The Raptors ended last with a 27-45 (.375) record, missing the playoffs for
the first time since the 2012-13 season. Toronto started the season 1-6 but
clawed back to .500 (17-17) after going 9-5 in February. However, COVID19 protocols affected the team in March, and the Raptors went 1-13 during
the month to fall out of playoff contention.
• OG Anunoby, Kyle Lowry, Pascal Siakam and Fred VanVleet combined
to miss 91 games last season. As a result, Toronto used a franchise-record
38 different starting lineups and set an NBA-record with 10 different 30-
point scorers. Siakam (21.4 ppg) led the team in scoring, while VanVleet
(19.6 ppg) and Anunoby (15.9 ppg) both averaged career highs in points

Chris Duarte not only made his NBA debut at Charlotte Oct. 20, he became the first Pacers player since Jamaal Tinsley in 2001 to start the team’s season’s opener. Duarte scored the most points (27) and made the most 3-pointers (six) by any Pacers rookie making his debut. He finished the game shooting 9-for-15 from the field, 6-for-9 from 3-point range and 3-for-3 from the free throw line.
Myles Turner turned in a career performance in the second game of the 2021-22 season as he finished with 40 points to go with 10 rebounds in an overtime road loss at Washington. Turner finished with a career-best scoring total and his first game with 30+ points since the season opener of the 2016-17 season in which he scored 30 points in an overtime win over Dal- las Oct. 26, 2016.
He posted the ninth game in Pacers NBA franchise history with 40+ points and 10+ rebounds, and the first since Danny Granger finished with 41 points and 11 rebounds on Dec. 17, 2008.
Indiana wrapped up its 2021 preseason schedule with a 2-2 record. The Pacers won back-to-back contests as they earned a road victory at Cleveland on Oct. 8 and a home win over Memphis on Oct. 13. The Pacers had several key contributors miss time in the preseason due to injury, but received a boost from several young players. Rookie Chris Duarte, the Pacers’ first selection in the 2021 Draft, led the team in total scoring with 55 points for an average of 13.8 per game.

Indiana is looking to bounce back in 2021-22 after ending a streak of five consecutive seasons
with a playoff appearance last year.
The Pacers endured an uncharacteristically down year on their home court in 2020-21. Indiana finished 13-23 at home last season, ending the regular season with a losing record at
home for the first time since the 1989-90 season (20-21). Their 31-season streak with a
winning record at home was tied for the third-longest in NBA history.
The Pacers have reached the postseason nine times in the last 12 seasons (dating back
to 2010-11) and 27 times overall in NBA franchise history.
Indiana has appeared in the playoffs 25 times since the 1989-90 season, which is the
most playoff appearances in the Eastern Conference over that span and second in the NBA behind the San Antonio Spurs.
Since the 1993-94 season, the Pacers have made eight Eastern Conference Finals appearances, which is the most by any team in the East over that span.
Indiana finished with the best road record in the Eastern Conference at 21-15 in 2020-21.
The Pacers finished with their third-best winning percentage (.589) on the road in NBA franchise
The Pacers posted a winning record on the road for the second straight season, the third time
over the last five years and for only the eighth time in NBA franchise history. Indiana posted back-to-back winning seasons on the road for the first time since the 1997-98 and 1998-99 seasons.
The Pacers have never recorded a winning record on the road in three straight seasons in their NBA history.
The Pacers’ roster already features a relatively young core as each of their projected five start- ers are 28 years of age or younger entering Opening Night. However, Indiana’s roster will feature
four rookies to begin the season, including two players selected in the first round who are ex- pected to play key roles.
Indiana drafted in the lottery for the first time since 2015 and selected Oregon’s Chris Duarte with the 13th overall pick in 2021. Duarte led the Pacers in scoring during the preseason and earned the Jerry West Award, awarded to the nation’s top shooting guard in college, after his senior year at Oregon.
Foward Isaiah Jackson was selected 22nd overall and was acquired via a draft-night trade. He led the Southeastern Conference in blocked shots as a freshman last season at Kentucky. At 19-years old, he was the fifth-youngest player in the 2021 Draft.

The Pacers turned to a familiar voice to fill their coaching vacancy following the 2020-21 season as Rick Carlisle was named head coach on June 30.
Carlisle returns for his third tenure in Indiana, including his second as head coach. He guided the Pacers to a 181-147 (.552) record during four seasons from 2003-07. In his first season as Pacers head coach in 2003-04, Carlisle led Indiana to a franchise-record 61 wins, posted the best record in the NBA, won a Central Division title and reached the 2004 Eastern Conference Finals.
He also served as an assistant coach for the Pacers under head coach Larry Bird from 1997-2000. Carlisle helped lead the team to three straight Eastern Conference Finals appearances, including the franchise’s first appearance in the NBA Finals in 2000. Entering the 2021-22 campaign, Carlisle’s 181 wins stands as the fourth-most by a head coach in NBA franchise history. He ranks third among active NBA head coaches in career coaching victories behind San Antonio’s Gregg Popovich and Philadelphia’s Doc Rivers.

LeBron James leads Lakers past Cavaliers as Big Three bounce back — Orange County Register

James (26 points) returns to the lineup, Russell Westbrook and Anthony Davis shake off the OKC loss and Carmelo Anthony (24 points) helps shoot them across the finish line in a 113-101 win.

LeBron James leads Lakers past Cavaliers as Big Three bounce back — Orange County Register

Paul George Drops 42 Points, Clippers Still Fall To Trail Blazers, 111-92 — CBS Los Angeles

Despite a 42-point game from Paul George, the Clippers took their fourth loss in five games on Friday night, falling to the Trail Blazers, 111-92.

Paul George Drops 42 Points, Clippers Still Fall To Trail Blazers, 111-92 — CBS Los Angeles

Frank Vogel says Lakers can be ‘elite’ defense despite bumpy start — Press Enterprise

Vogel suggests the pieces for defensive improvement are there with this roster – comparing his task to a home improvement project.

Frank Vogel says Lakers can be ‘elite’ defense despite bumpy start — Press Enterprise


TORONTO MARLIES (3-3-0-0 – 6 Points) vs.
BELLEVILLE SENATORS (2-4-0-0 – 4 Points)





Toronto: M. Hollowell (1) (K. Rubīns, P. Gogolev), J. Ho-Sang (3) PP (S. Der-Arguchintsev, J. Duszak), B. Menell (1)
(P. Gogolev), J. Ho-Sang (4) (A. Steeves), J. Anderson (3) (J. Duszak, M. Michaelis)
Goaltender: E. Källgren (26/28)

Belleville: A. Agozzino (3) (P. Kelly), A. Agozzino (4) (P. Kelly, P. Aberg)
Goaltender: K. Mandolese (30/35)


  • Mac Hollowell opened the scoring at 9:51 of the second period. This was Hollowell’s first point of the season through four games.
  • Josh Ho-Sang scored on the power play at 13:59 of the second period and scored at 8:28 of the third period. This was his second power play goal and his second multi-goal game this season.
  • Brennan Menell scored the game-winning goal at 5:08 of the third period. This was his first goal for the Marlies this season.
  • Joey Anderson scored at 8:49 of the third period. He has four points (3 goals, 1 assist) trough six games this season.
  • Kristīans Rubīns recorded the primary assist on Hollowell’s second period goal.
  • Pavel Gogolev registered the secondary assist on Hollowell’s second period goal and the lone assist on Menell’s third period goal.
  • Semyon Der-Arguchintsev picked up the primary assist on Ho-Sang’s second period power play goal. He has three assists through six games this season.
  • Joseph Duszak had the secondary assist on Ho-Sang’s second period power play goal and the primary assist on Anderson’s third period goal. He has four assists through three games this season. Duszak is tied for second amongst all defencemen in assists (4).
  • Alex Steeves recorded the lone assist on Ho-Sang’s third period goal. This was his first career professional point in his AHL debut.
  • Marc Michaelis had the secondary assist on Anderson’s third period goal.
  • Erik Källgren stopped 26 of 28 shots he faced.


  • Toronto went 3-for-3 on the penalty kill and 1-for-7 on the power play. Josh Ho-Sang has both of Toronto’s power play goals this season.
  • Toronto had a 35-28 edge in shots in all situations. Josh Ho-Sang and Alex Steeves led the Marlies with five shots on goal.
  • The Marlies are 2-2-0-0 against North Division opponents and 1-0-0-0 against the Belleville Senators.


Tied after 1
Leading after 2                                    2-0-0-0
Scored a power play goal                    2-0-0-0
Did not allow a power play goal          2-1-0-0
Outshot opponent                               2-1-0-0
Friday                                                  1-0-0-0


Goals                           4 (J. Ho-Sang, B. Seney)
Assists                        4 (J. Duszak,K. Semyonov)
Points                          5 (K. Semyonov)
PPG                             2 (J. Ho-Sang)
Shots                           17 (J. Anderson)
+/-:                               +3 (B. Seney)
PIMS                            36 (R. Clune)



On Alex Steeves’ AHL debut:
Great. He brought a ton of energy. We’ve been eager to see him in and he’s been chomping to get in the lineup and start playing with us. He has a really good shot, a really good scoring touch. His competitiveness and work ethic is some of the best we’ve seen. It’s been a little bit of a long road since his injury and the reason he can have such a big impact in the first game back is because of how much work he put in in his time off.

On the defence:
I thought all six of our D played really well tonight. They were smart with where they were positioning themselves around the rink, making sure we stayed above their speed and their guys that are trying to take off in behind us. Their puck play was simple, efficient and at the same time creative. D don’t have to be flashy. They just have to be really smart with their reads and we have really smart D who read the puck fast because of their skillset.


On tonight’s game:
Commitment to structure. We got a little loose last game and also just having a better start. Going down early in the last game, we knew we had to change that. Staying out of the box too. I think we won the special teams game. That’s a huge component in why we won. We just knew that we had to have a bounce back game to get back in the win column.


On his first game:
It was awesome. Admittedly, there were times where I was a little heavy of breath. Ultimately, I just wanted to help the team win today and am super excited we got a big win.

On the team’s win:
(Källgren) played really well in net which is always huge. There was a bigger commitment then I’ve seen most of the year of guys just willing to put it behind the defencemen and go get it, playing the right way to get offence and we were opportunistic at the right times.


October 29: Recalled forward Ryan Chyzowski from loan to Newfoundland (ECHL)
October 29: 
Recalled forward Bobby McMann from loan to Newfoundland (ECHL)
October 29: 
Loaned forward Alex Steeves from Toronto (NHL)

*All times Eastern Standard Time

October 30 vs. Belleville – 4:00 p.m.
November 5 at Rochester – 7:05 p.m.
November 6 at Utica – 7:00 p.m.
November 13 at Chicago – 8:00 p.m.
November 14 at Chicago – 4:00 p.m.



DATE: OCTOBER 29, 2021 ATTENDANCE: 19,800 (Sellout)

Orlando1091-5Anthony – 24Bamba – 18Bamba/Anthony – 5
Toronto1103-3Barnes – 21Barnes – 9VanVleet – 6

The Raptors entered the fourth down 78-77 but started the quarter on a 13-2 run to lead 90-80 at the 8:37 mark. Fred VanVleet hit a 3-pointer with 2:04 left to put the Raptors ahead 110-98, their largest lead of the night.


The Raptors shot a season-best .500 (43-86) from the field tonight, including .684 (13-19) in the fourth quarter … Fred VanVleet (16) and OG Anunoby (10) combined for 26 of Toronto’s 33 points in the final frame.  


  • With the win, Toronto improves to 3-3 this season and 2-3 at home … The Raptors have won nine consecutive games against the Magic, dating back to the 2018-2019 season … Toronto will travel to Indiana to play the Pacers on Saturday night .. The Raptors recorded a 118-100 win over Indiana earlier this week at Scotiabank Arena.
  • Scottie Barnes finished with team highs of 21 points and nine rebounds … It’s the second time this season Barnes has recorded 20+ points – he scored a season-high 25 points Oct. 22 at Boston … He entered tonight’s game ranked second in rookie scoring and rebounding … Barnes has scored the most total points (106) for a Raptors rookie through the first six games of their career.
  • Dalano Banton scored 10 points off the bench for the second straight game … Banton shot 7-for-13 from the field and grabbed five rebounds in the win.
  • Fred VanVleet recorded 19 points on 7-for-16 shooting … VanVleet has scored in double-digits in all six of the Raptors games this season.
  • The Raptors had 11 steals tonight … It’s the third time Toronto has recorded 10+ steals … The Raptors entered tonight ranked second in the NBA in steals per game.


  • With the loss Orlando falls to 1-5, including 1-3 on the road … The Magic will now travel to Detroit to play the Pistons Saturday.
  • Mo Bamba recorded 14 points and tied a career high with 18 rebounds for his fourth double-double in six games … Bamba has scored in double-digits in all six games this season.
  • Cole Anthony had a team-high 24 points and shot 7-for-13 from the field, recording his second consecutive 20+ point performance … Anthony has led the Magic in scoring three times this season.
  • Rookie Jalen Suggs scored a career-high 21 points and had five assists in the loss … It’s the first time Suggshas scored 20+ points this season.