NETS-RAPTORS PREGAME NOTES


• The Toronto Raptors (6-4) host the Brooklyn Nets (6-3) on Sunday afternoon at Scotiabank Arena. Cleveland rallied to beat the Raptors 102-101 on Friday, ending Toronto’s five-game winning streak. The Raptors won two-of-three games against the Nets last season. Pascal Siakam averaged 23.0 points, 9.0 rebounds and 4.7 assists in three games vs. Brooklyn last year. Siakam is expected to return to the lineup Sunday after missing the first 10 games of the regular season recovering from left shoulder surgery. Siakam underwent surgery in June to repair a torn labrum.
Fred VanVleet (578) needs one three to tie Andrea Bargnani (579) for fourth on the Raptors’ all-time 3-point field goal list. Kyle Lowry holds the franchise record with 1,518 three-pointers, followed by Morris Peterson (801) and Terrence Ross (598).
• Rookie Scottie Barnes returned to the starting lineup Friday vs. Cleveland after sitting out the previous two games (Nov. 1-3) with sprained right thumb. He injured the thumb late in the fourth quarter Oct. 30 at Indiana. Barnes currently leads all rookies in scoring (17.6 ppg) and rebounds (8.9), and ranks fourth in
field goal percentage (.521). He has led the team in scoring in four of his first eight games played, scored 20+ points three times and recorded two double-doubles.
Gary Trent Jr. (49) and Fred VanVleet (42) rank first and second, respectively, in the NBA in deflections. Trent Jr. recorded a career-high six steals Friday against the Cavaliers and also leads the NBA in steals per game (3.10). VanVleet has led the league in deflections per game each of the past two seasons.
• OG Anunoby scored a game-high 23 points Friday vs. Cleveland, and has now scored 20+ points in six of the last eight games (Oct. 23 – Nov. 5). Anunoby is averaging a team-high 22.6 points during this stretch, while shooting .464 (71-153) from the field and .424 (28-66) from beyond the arc.
• Toronto currently leads the league in offensive rebounds per game (14.3) and rank third in second chance points (15.9). Khem Birch has grabbed a team-high 35 offensive rebounds this season (fourth in the NBA), which includes a season-best seven offensive boards Friday against the Cavs .
• Rookie Dalano Banton led the bench with a season-high 11 points in just 10 minutes Friday vs. Cleveland. Banton (picked 46th overall in 2021 NBA Draft) scored in double figures for the third time this season, and currently leads all rookies with a .579 (22-38) field goal percentage.
• The Raptors have started a season with four straight road victories for the first time in franchise history. Following Sunday, Toronto will play eight of its next nine games on the road (Nov. 10-26).

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