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Day: December 2, 2021
Avalanche rookie sensation Bo Byram out again due to issues related to previous concussion — The Denver Post
MONTREAL — Avalanche rookie defenseman Bo Byram is again unavailable with issues related to a previous head injury, coach Jared Bednar told The Denver Post before Thursday’s game against the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre. “It’s related to his head. He doesn’t have a concussion but he’s got some issues going on from his…Avalanche rookie sensation Bo Byram out again due to issues related to previous concussion — The Denver Post
Warriors’ rematch with Suns pushes Lakers-Clippers off national TV — Red Bluff Daily News
ESPN liked Tuesday’s Warriors-Suns game so much that it decided to air the rematch Friday, bumping the battle for Los Angeles off its airwaves. Never mind that the Lakers are missing LeBron James, who expected to miss multiple games due to the NBA’s coronavirus protocols (he said in October that he’s vaccinated). Or that Kawhi…Warriors’ rematch with Suns pushes Lakers-Clippers off national TV — Red Bluff Daily News
BUCKS-RAPTORS PREGAME NOTES
MIL@TOR INJURY REPORT AT 2:30 P.M. THURSDAY
Milwaukee Bucks Cousins, DeMarcus Out Return to Competition Reconditioning
DiVincenzo, Donte Out Injury/Illness – Left Ankle; Injury recovery
Hill, George Probable Injury/Illness – Right Knee; Hyperextension
Lopez, Brook Out Injury/Illness – Back; Soreness
Ojeleye, Semi Out Injury/Illness – Right Calf; Strain
Toronto Raptors Anunoby, OG Out Injury/Illness – Left Hip; Pointer
Birch, Khem Out Injury/Illness – Right Knee; Swelling
Dragic, Goran Out Not With Team
Trent Jr., Gary Questionable Injury/Illness – Right Calf; Contusion
• The Toronto Raptors (9-13) continue a season-long seven-game homestand (Nov. 28 – Dec. 13) Thursday night against the Milwaukee Bucks (14-8) at Scotiabank Arena. Toronto has lost three in a row (Nov. 26-
30) and four of its last five (Nov. 21-30). The Raptors won two-of-three games vs. Milwaukee last season with the road team winning all three meetings. Pascal Siakam and Fred VanVleet averaged 20.3 and 20.0 points, respectively, against the Bucks last year.
• Through 20 games, Scottie Barnes is averaging 15.4 points, 8.2 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 35.4 minutes. Barnes currently leads all rookies in points, rebounds and minutes per game, and 20-point games (five).
With 19 points Tuesday vs. Memphis, Barnes (308) also became just the third rookie in Raptors franchise history to score 300 points through their first 20 games played, along with Damon Stoudamire (317) and Vince Carter (312).
• The Raptors have lost five consecutive games at Scotiabank Arena (Nov. 5-30) for the first time since dropping five in a row Jan. 12-28, 2011. Toronto has started the season 2-8 at home and will play 10-of-13 games at Scotiabank Arena in December.
• Pascal Siakam led the Raptors with 20 points and five assists in 30 minutes of action Nov. 30 vs. Memphis. Siakam has now scored 17+ points in six straight games (Nov. 19-30). He is averaging a team-high
20.8 points and shooting .490 (47-96) from the field during this stretch.
• Fred VanVleet (80) and Gary Trent Jr. (78) currently rank second and third respectively, in the NBA in deflections. VanVleet has led the league in deflections per game each of the past two seasons. Trent Jr. is
also fifth in the NBA in steals per game (2.05) and has recorded multiple steals in 12-of-20 games played this season. Trent Jr. is questionable for Thursday’s matchup with the Bucks with a right calf contusion.
• Fred VanVleet finished with 15 points and a team-high nine rebounds in 42 minutes Tuesday night against the Grizzlies. VanVleet led the Raptors on the glass for the third time, something he did four times in 52 games last season. In 21 games played this year, VanVleet is averaging a career-high 5.2 rebounds and
has grabbed 5+ boards in 12 appearances.
• Yuta Watanabe scored a season-high 11 points in 29 minutes as a reserve Nov. 30 vs. Memphis. Watanabe became the seventh different Raptor to lead the bench in scoring this season.
• The Raptors announced Sunday Goran Dragic is taking some time away from the team to manage a personal matter. There is no definite timeline, and we will update as appropriate.
F – SCOTTIE BARNES #4
MIN: 35.4 REB: 8.2 AST: 3.3 STL: 1.2 TO: 2.2 BLK: 0.8 PTS: 15.4
• Recorded 19 points, seven rebounds and a season-high four blocks in 38 minutes Nov. 30 vs. Memphis.
• Has made 10 threes in the last five games (Nov. 21-30) after making two in his first 15 games of the season.
• Tied with Precious Achiuwa for the team lead with three double-doubles.
F – PASCAL SIAKAM #43
MIN: 33.0 REB: 7.1 AST: 3.7 STL: 0.8 TO: 1.9 BLK: 0.9 PTS: 17.9
• Finished with team highs of 20 points and five assists in 30 minutes Nov. 30 vs. Memphis; added six rebounds.
• Has led (or tied) the team in assists in each of the last three games (Nov. 26-30); totaling 14 assists.
• Missed the first 10 games (Oct. 20 – Nov. 5) of the season recovering from left shoulder surgery.
C – PRECIOUS ACHIUWA #5
MIN: 25.9 REB: 7.9 AST: 1.5 STL: 0.5 TO: 1.1 BLK: 0.5 PTS: 8.0
• Tallied five points and five rebounds in 29 minutes of action Nov. 30 vs. Memphis.
• Leads all sophomores in rebounding (7.9); has collected 10+ rebounds four times this season.
• Averaging 7.9 points, 8.1 rebounds and 25.9 minutes in 15 games as a starter.
G – SVI MYKHAILIUK #14
MIN: 18.8 REB: 2.5 AST: 1.0 STL: 0.8 TO: 0.7 BLK: 0.1 PTS: 7.2
• Contributed seven points and one rebound in 18 minutes Nov. 30 vs. Memphis.
• Has scored in double figures five times, including a season-high 16 points Oct. 30 at Indiana.
• In four starts, averaging 12.3 points, 4.5 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 31.2 minutes.
G – FRED VANVLEET #23
MIN: 38.3 REB: 5.2 AST: 6.3 STL: 1.6 TO: 3.2 BLK: 0.6 PTS: 19.9
• Recorded 15 points, a team-high nine rebounds and three assists in 42 minutes Nov. 30 vs. Memphis.
• Averaged 21.3 points, 5.3 rebounds, 5.9 assists and 38.3 minutes during 14 games in November.
• Leads the NBA in minutes per game (38.3), has logged 40+ minutes in six games this season.
OG Anunoby (Left Hip; Pointer) – Out
Khem Birch (Right Knee; Swelling) – Out
Goran Dragic (NWT) – Out
Gary Trent Jr. (Right Calf; Contusion) – Questionable
UPDATED: Dec. 2, 2021
NEXT GAME DETAILS
Opponent: Washington Wizards Date: Sunday, December 5
Tip-Off: 6 p.m. (ET)
Venue: Scotiabank Arena
Radio: Sportsnet 590 The FAN
SERIES RECAP VS. WASHINGTON
OVERALL HOME ROAD
2021-22 1-1 0-1 1-0
ALL-TIME 57-39 34-16 23-23
STREAKS Won 1 Lost 2 Won 5
LAST WIN: Nov. 3, 2021 (109-100)
LAST HOME WIN: Apr. 5, 2021 (103-101)
LARGEST MARGIN OF VICTORY: +39 (Jan. 30, 2008)
LARGEST MARGIN OF DEFEAT: -28 (Jan. 11, 200
W-L EAST WEST
OVERALL 9-13 7-8 2-5
HOME 2-8 2-6 0-2
AWAY 7-5 5-2 2-3
OVERTIME 0-0 0-0 0-0
BUCKS PREVIOUS GAME STARTERS
22 F – Khris Middleton 6-7 227 Texas A&M/USA 10th season
G GS PPG RPG APG MPG FG% 3FG% FT%
14 14 17.1 5.2 4.9 30.2 .413 .337 .868
34 F – Giannis Antetokounmpo 6-11 243 Filathlitikos/Greece 9th season
G GS PPG RPG APG MPG FG% 3FG% FT%
21 21 27.6 11.8 6.0 32.7 .532 .276 .673
9 F – Bobby Portis Jr. 6-10 258 Arkansas/USA 7th season
G GS PPG RPG APG MPG FG% 3FG% FT%
17 13 15.1 8.3 1.4 27.8 .483 .427 .800
7 G – Grayson Allen 6-3 212 Duke/USA 4th season
G GS PPG RPG APG MPG FG% 3FG% FT%
22 22 14.0 4.0 1.5 28.8 .458 .429 .879
21 G – Jrue Holiday 6-4 224 UCLA/USA 13th season
G GS PPG RPG APG MPG FG% 3FG% FT%
16 15 14.6 4.6 5.9 31.0 .432 .321 .680
Nov. 30 Signed guard Javonte Smart to a Two-Way contract
Nov. 30 Signed center DeMarcus Cousins
Nov. 30 Recalled Georgios Kalaitzakis and Jordan Nwora from the Wisconsin Herd
Nov. 29 Requested waivers on Two-Way guard Justin Robinson
• Winners of their Past eight games, the Milwaukee Bucks head to Toronto to take on the Raptors Thursday night to complete their back-to-back. The Bucks won their eighth consecutive game, and improved to 14-8 on the season, with a 127-125 win over the Hornets at Fiserv Forum last night.
• The Bucks are playing the Raptors in Toronto for the first time since Feb. 25 of the 2019-20 season. Milwaukee has won its past four regular season games in Toronto dating to the 2017-18 season (Bucks have 5 consecutive road wins over the Raptors including last season’s lone road matchup in Tampa, Fla).
• Milwaukee matched its season high for scoring with 127 points in Tuesday’s win (also had 127 in the season opener vs. BKN) and is now 5-0 this season when it reaches the 120-point mark. Three of the Bucks’ five 120-point games this season have come during their current eight-game winning streak.
• In Wednesday’s win over the Hornets, Giannis Antetokounmpo came one assist shy of a triple-double as he put up 40 points, which included the game-winning layup with 2.0 seconds remaining, 12 rebounds and a season-high-tying nine assists. This was Antetokounmpo’s third 40-point game of the season (2nd-most in NBA) and his second game with 40+ pts, 10+ rebs
and 5+ asts (no other player in the NBA has a 40/10/5 game this season).
• Khris Middleton hit the 20-point mark for the fourth time this season as he put up 21 points, making a season-high-tying four 3s, in Tuesday’s win against Charlotte. The Bucks are 4-0 this season when Middleton scores 20+ points
LEAFS 8, AVALANCHE 3: NOTES, QUOTES
TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS (17-6-1 – 35 Points) vs.
COLORADO AVALANCHE (11-7-1 – 23 Points)
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2021
1 2 3 FINAL
COLORADO 1 1 1 3
TORONTO 3 2 3 8
ON THE SCORESHEET
- William Nylander scored for the Maple Leafs at 4:31 of the first period posting his 10th goal of the season. Nylander also recorded the primary assist on Dermott’s goal registering his 13th assist of the
season. Nylander has posted seven points through the last four games (3G, 4A).
- Jason Spezza scored for Toronto at 7:57 of the first period. Spezza recorded his fifth goal of the season.
- Auston Matthews scored for the Maple Leafs at 14:24 of the first period, 0:44 of the third period and 8:41 of the third period. Matthews posted his fourth career NHL hat trick. Matthews has scored in four consecutive games.
- Travis Dermott scored for the Maple Leafs at 12:44 of the second period. Dermott scored his first goal of the season.
- John Tavares scored for Toronto at 16:28 of the second period. Tavares recorded the primary assist on Nylander’s goal as well as the secondary assist on Dermott’s goal. Tavares has posted nine points (3G, 6A) through the last four games.
- Pierre Engvall scored for the Maple Leafs at 10:08 of the third period. Engvall recorded his 3rd goal of the season. Engvall has registered a point in back-to-back games (1G, 1A).
- Alex Kerfoot posted the secondary assist on Nylander’s goal and the primary assist on Tavares’ goal. Kerfoot has recorded a multi-point outing in back-to-back games (1G, 3A).
- Nick Ritchie registered the primary assist on Spezza’s goal. Ritchie posted his fifth assist of the season.
- Wayne Simmonds registered the secondary assist on Spezza’s goal. Simmonds recorded his sixth assist of the season. Simmonds is currently on a three-game point streak (2G, 1A).
- Mitch Marner posted the primary assist on Matthews’ first goal of the game as well as Matthews’ second goal of the game. Marner has registered four assists through the last three games.
- Michael Bunting registered the secondary assist on Matthews’ first and second goals of the game as well as the primary assist on Engvall’s goal. Bunting posted a single-game career-high three assists.
Bunting is currently on a five-game point streak where he has recorded nine points (2G, 7A).
- TJ Brodie registered the secondary assist on Tavares’ goal. Brodie posted his fifth assist of the season.
- Jake Muzzin recorded the primary assist on Matthews’ third goal of the game. Muzzin registered his seventh assist of the season.
- Morgan Rielly posted the secondary assist on Engvall’s goal. Rielly recorded his 12th assist of the season.
SHOTS ON GOAL (5-on-5 in brackets)
1st 2nd 3rd TOTAL
COLORADO 11 (11) 12 (7) 8 (7) 31 (25)
TORONTO 13 (12) 11 (10) 17 (15) 41 (37)
SHOT ATTEMPTS (5-on-5 in brackets)
1st 2nd 3rd TOTAL
COLORADO 18 (18) 24 (18) 18 (16) 60 (52)
TORONTO 27 (22) 15 (12) 19 (17) 61 (51)
ON HOME ICE
- The Maple Leafs are 10-3-1 at home this season.
- Toronto’s all-time record is 33-40-9-3 in 85 games against the Colorado Avalanche and 19-22-4-1 in
46 games played in Toronto.
- Toronto is 8-2-0 against the Western Conference this season and 3-0-0 against the Central Division
MAPLE LEAFS LEADERS
Shots 8 (Matthews)
Shot Attempts 12 (Matthews)
Faceoff Wins 12 (Matthews)
Faceoff Win Percentage 100% (Nylander – 2 won, 0 lost)
Hits 3 (Holl, Ritchie)
Blocked Shots 4 (Muzzin)
Takeaways 2 (Marner, Simmonds, Rielly)
TOI 25:23 (Muzzin)
Power Play TOI 2:20 (Matthews, Rielly)
Shorthanded TOI 3:02 (Muzzin)
Shifts 29 (Muzzin)
5-on-5 Shot Attempt Percentage 62.16% (Rielly – 23 for, 14 against)
- The Maple Leafs were 0-for-2 on the power play and 3-for-4 on the penalty kill tonight.
- RECORD WHEN…
- Toronto is 12-1-0 when scoring the first goal of the game.
- The Maple Leafs are 9-1-0 when leading after one period and 13-0-0 when leading after two periods.
- Toronto is 11-3-1 when outshot by their opponent.
- The Maple Leafs are 5-0-0 in Wednesday games.
- Morgan Rielly was on the ice for a team-high 23 Toronto shot attempts-for at 5-on-5.
- Morgan Rielly finished the game with a team-high 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 62.16 percent
(23 for, 14 against).
Dec. 4 Leafs at Minnesota Xcel Energy Center 7:00 pm ET
Dec. 5 Leafs at Winnipeg Canada Life Centre 8:00 pm ET
Dec. 7 Leafs vs. Columbus Scotiabank Arena 7:00 pm ET
Dec. 9 Leafs vs. Tampa Bay Scotiabank Arena 7:00 pm ET
Dec. 11 Leafs vs. Chicago Scotiabank Arena 7:00 pm ET
Dec. 14 Leafs at Edmonton Rogers Place 9:00 pm ET
Stats reflect official NHL stats at the time of distribution.
HEAD COACH SHELDON KEEFE
On the importance of a strong start coming off the western road trip:
Sheldon Keefe: “I liked our start for sure. We thought we needed to start quickly in the game and
obviously playing with the lead is important, always, but especially against this team so to build the lead
that we did was great to see. I thought we moved the puck really well in that first period which gave us a
chance to get after it and get a chance to attack the net so it was nice to get that lead to start quick.”
On tonight’s win:
John Tavares: “They’re a great hockey team, they’ve got a lot of depth and tremendous amount of highend talent so just thought we had good preparation coming in, good mindset and liked the way we came
out. We had good energy, especially coming off of the west coast trip. Sometimes that jet leg can linger
around and especially since we had some good success coming in with the right attitude and re-focusing.
I don’t think we loved our second period but I think a good sign that we withheld their push and got the
lead back and then came out with a great effort in the third and increased it obviously with some great
plays and some finishes throughout the lineup. Good team win and we’ll build on it and get ready for the
On the team having a good response after Colorado scoring twice in the second period:
Auston Matthews: “I think that is something we’ve done really well this year. You know when momentum
shifts to the other side and kind of gets rolling around in our end we just don’t panic. We just try to find our
way back and get the momentum back on our side. It helps when our goaltender makes some big saves
and guys just go out there and win their shift and get things going in their end.”
On tonight’s win:
Jack Campbell: “Yeah they are a really good team over there. They are super good offensively, they’ve
got a lot of great players. I just thought we came out and continued playing how we’ve been playing for a
while now and just stuck to the game plan. We had everyone contributing and it was a great win.
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