RAPTORS-NETS pregame notes



Brooklyn Nets Aldridge, LaMarcus Out Health and Safety Protocols
Bembry, DeAndre’ Out Health and Safety Protocols
Carter, Jevon Out Health and Safety Protocols
Durant, Kevin Questionable Injury/Illness – Right Ankle; Soreness
Harris, Joe Out Injury/Illness – Left Ankle; Surgery
Irving, Kyrie Out Ineligible To Play
Johnson, James Out Health and Safety Protocols
Millsap, Paul Out Health and Safety Protocols
Toronto Raptors Achiuwa, Precious Out Health and Safety Protocols
Anunoby, OG Out Injury/Illness – Left Hip; Pointer
Banton, Dalano Out Injury/Illness – Illness; Non-COVID
Birch, Khem Out Injury/Illness – Right Knee; Swelling
Dragic, Goran Out Not With Team
Johnson, David Out Injury/Illness – Left Calf; Strain

• The Toronto Raptors (13-14) play the second game of a back-to-back set Tuesday night against the Brooklyn Nets (19-8) at Barclays Center. The Raptors won for the fourth time in five games beating Sacramento
124-101 on Monday night. Toronto led wire-to-wire in the win and finished its homestand with a 4-3 record.
• The NBA announced Monday that Thursday’s game (Dec. 16) between the Raptors and Chicago Bulls at Scotiabank Arena has been postponed. Ten Bulls players, along with additional staff members, are currently in the NBA’s Health and Safety Protocols. Following Tuesday, Toronto’s next game will now be Saturday night when they host the Golden State Warriors.
Chris Boucher matched his season high with 17 points, Yuta Watanabe had 12 points and 10 rebounds for his first career double-double, and the Raptors used a 70-point first half to beat Sacramento on Monday. Toronto made a season-best 53 field goals and set a season high with 28 assists, including 19 in the
first half. The Raptors also set season highs for bench points (51) and points in the paint (68).
• Nine different players scored 10 or more points, including all five starters, in Monday’s victory over the Kings. It’s the first time in franchise history the Raptors had nine players score in double figures in the
same game. It’s just the second time this has happened in the NBA this season (Last: Dec. 2, 2021 – Memphis vs. Oklahoma City).
• Scottie Barnes tallied 16 points, four rebounds and a season-high five blocks in 32 minutes Monday night against the Kings. Barnes currently ranks second among rookies in scoring (15.1) and rebounds (8.2), leads in minutes (35.8) and is third with a .486 (155-319) field goal percentage.
Pascal Siakam has scored 16+ points in 10 of the last 11 games (Nov. 19 – Dec. 13). Siakam is averaging a team highs of 20.7 points and 8.3 rebounds during this stretch. He is shooting .475 (87-183) from the
field and .333 (13-39) from beyond the arc over the last 11. contests.
Fred VanVleet and Gary Trent Jr. lead the NBA in deflections with 97 apiece this season. VanVleet has led the league in deflections per game each of the past two seasons. Trent Jr. also ranks third in the NBA in steals per game (2.08) and has recorded multiple steals in 16 games. The Raptors lead the NBA in deflections per game (19.3) and rank third in steals (9.1) this season.
Goran Dragic is currently taking time away from the team for a personal matter. There is no definite time-line, and updates will be provided as appropriate. Dragic is averaging 8.0 points in five games this season.

MIN: 35.8 REB: 8.2 AST: 3.2 STL: 1.2 TO: 1.9 BLK: 1.0 PTS: 15.1
• Recorded 16 points, four rebounds and a season-high five blocks in 32 minutes Dec. 13 vs. Sacramento.
• Has scored in double figures in 10 straight games (Nov. 21 – Dec. 13), averaging 15.4 points during this stretch.
• Ranks second among rookies in scoring (15.1) and rebounds (8.2), and leads in minutes (35.8).

MIN: 33.8 REB: 7.7 AST: 3.8 STL: 0.6 TO: 2.2 BLK: 0.8 PTS: 18.8
• Finished with 16 points, eight rebounds and four assists in 30 minutes Dec. 13 vs. Sacramento.
• Tied with Precious Achiuwa and Scottie Barnes for the team lead with four double-doubles this season.
• Averaging 20.6 points, 9.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists through five games in December.

MIN: 14.9 REB: 4.3 AST: 0.3 STL: 0.4 TO: 0.7 BLK: 0.8 PTS: 7.2
• Matched his season high with 17 points Dec. 13 vs. Sacramento; added five rebounds in 22 minutes.
• Has scored in double digits in each of the last four games (Dec. 5-13), averaging 14.0 points during this span.
• In three starts this season, averaging 14.0 points, 6.7 rebounds and 23.9 minutes.

MIN: 34.5 REB: 3.2 AST: 1.9 STL: 2.1 TO: 0.9 BLK: 0.3 PTS: 16.7
• Contributed 10 points, four assists and three steals in 31 minutes of action Dec. 13 vs. Sacramento.
• Ranks third in the NBA in steals per game (2.08); has recorded multiple steals in five of the last six games.
• Has scored 20+ points nine times; something he did 15 times in 58 games last season.

MIN: 37.7 REB: 5.0 AST: 6.4 STL: 1.5 TO: 3.1 BLK: 0.6 PTS: 19.4
• Tallied 12 points, five assists and two steals in 26 minutes Dec. 13 vs. Sacramento.
• Leads the NBA in minutes per game (37.7), has logged 40+ minutes in six games.
• Has scored in double digits in all 26 of his games played this season, including 20+ points 10 times.

Precious Achiuwa (Health & Safety Protocols) – Out
OG Anunoby (Left Hip; Pointer) – Out
Dalano Banton (Illness; Non-COVID) – Out
Khem Birch (Right Knee; Swelling) – Out
Goran Dragic (NWT) – Out
David Johnson (Left Calf; Strain) – Out

2021-22 RECORDS
OVERALL 13-14 10-8 3-6
HOME 6-9 5-6 1-3
AWAY 7-5 5-2 2-3
OVERTIME 0-0 0-0 0-0

[ F ] K E V I N D U R A N T

7 • TEXAS (15th Season) • 6-10 • 225

2021-22 Averages Notables Last Game
29.4 ppg
7.6 rpg
5.6 apg
36.5 mpg
• Was acquired via a sign-and-trade with Golden State on
7/7/19 and signed a multi-year contract extension on 8/8/21.
• Is an 11-time All-Star (2010-19, 2021), nine-time All-NBA
honoree (six First Team, three Second Team), two-time NBA
Champion (2017, 2018), two-time Finals MVP, four-time
scoring champion (2009-12, 2013-14) and the MVP in 2014.
51 pts, 7 rebs, 9 asts
41 mins
12/12 at DET

[ F ] D E A N D R E ’ B E M B R Y

95 • SAINT JOSEPH’S (6th Season) • 6-5 • 210

2021-22 Averages Notables Last Game
5.6 ppg
3.3 rpg
1.1 apg
19.6 mpg
• Is in his first season with the Nets after signing as a free
agent on 8/8/21.
• Has drawn his first starts of the season in the Nets’ last 10
games, averaging 7.3 ppg (.596 FG), 4.7 rpg and 1.1 apg in
24.9 mpg.
4 pts, 4 rebs, 2 asts
17 mins
12/12 at DET

[C ] L A MA R C U S A L D R I D G E

21 • TEXAS (11th Season) • 6-11 • 265

2021-22 Averages Notables Last Game
14.0 ppg
5.7 rpg
0.9 apg
23.6 mpg
• Is in his second season with Brooklyn after re-signing on
9/3/21. He originally joined the Nets as a free agent on 3/28/21
and appeared in five games for the team last season.
• Is one of two active players to record 20,000 points and
8,000 rebounds, joining LeBron James.
15 pts, 5 rebs, 1 ast
25 mins
12/12 at DET

[G ] P A T T Y MI L L S

8 • SAINT MARY’S (13th Season) • 6-0 • 180

2021-22 Averages Notables Last Game
12.7 ppg
1.7 rpg
2.4 apg
29.1 mpg
• Is in his first season with Brooklyn after signing with the
team as a free agent on 8/10/21.
• Ranks fourth in NBA history in 3-pointers made off the
bench. Since entering the NBA in 2009-10, he’s first in threes
made and third in points and minutes played off the bench.
18 pts, 3 rebs, 5 asts
35 mins
12/12 at DET

[G ] J AM E S H A R D E N

13 • ARIZONA STATE (12th Season) • 6-5 • 220

2021-22 Averages Notables Last Game
20.8 ppg
7.9 rpg
9.6 apg
36.2 mpg
• Acquired from Houston in a four-team trade on 1/14/21.
• Is a six-time All-NBA First Team honoree, nine-time NBA
All-Star, the league’s Most Valuable Player in 2018, three-time
scoring champion (2018-20) and led the league in assists in
12/12 at DET

OVERALL 19-8 8-5 11-3 —
DIVISION 4-0 — 4-0 —
WESTERN CONF. 4-3 1-2 3-1 —
EASTERN CONF. 15-5 7-3 8-2 –

➢ It would be Brooklyn’s third straight win, their 10th win in the last 13 games and 18th win in their last 23 games (since 10/29 vs. Indiana).
▪ The Nets begin a five-game homestand tonight (their second-longest homestand of the season and longest remaining homestand).
➢ It would extend the Nets’ win streak vs. Toronto to three games. The last time the Nets won three straight vs. Toronto came from 11/3/12 – 1/15/13.
▪ The Nets have won two straight against the Raptors for the first time since 2/4/15 and 4/3/15.
➢ It would improve Brooklyn’s record vs. Atlantic Division opponents this season to a perfect 5-0.
▪ Since last season, Brooklyn is 12-4 vs. Atlantic Division teams (6-1 at home). The Nets’ only home loss to an Atlantic Division team
since the start of last season came on 2/5/21 vs. Toronto when Kevin Durant played just 19 minutes (health and safety protocols).
➢ It would prevent Brooklyn from losing consecutive home games for just the second time in the last two seasons (the Nets lost their last home game on
12/4 vs. Chicago). The Nets have lost consecutive home games just once across the last two seasons: 1/1/21 vs. Atlanta and 1/3/21 vs. Washington.
➢ PPG: Kevin Durant leads the league in ppg (29.4) despite ranking seventh in FGA/game (20.1).
➢ APG: James Harden is second in the league in apg (9.6), trailing only Chris Paul (10.2).
➢ TRIPL-DBLS: James Harden is tied for third in triple-doubles with Dejounte Murray (four), trailing Russell Westbrook and Nikola Jokic (five).
➢ DBL-DBLS: James Harden is tied for fifth in the league in double-doubles (17).
➢ FTM-FTA: James Harden is fifth in FTM/game (6.5) and fifth in FTA/game (7.4). KD is sixth in FTM/game (6.3) and sixth in FTA/game (7.2).
➢ 3FGM: Patty Mills is tied for fifth in the league in 3-pointers made (82) and is tied for second in the league in catch-and-shoot 3FGM (63-of-139).
➢ 3FG %: Joe Harris is second in the league in 3FG % (.466). Patty Mills is eighth (.443).
➢ FG %: LaMarcus Aldridge is 12th in the league in FG % (.573).
➢ PLUS/MINUS: Patty Mills is 12th in the league in plus/minus (+173).

➢ ROAD: The Nets lead the league in road wins (11). Brooklyn’s 11-3 road record marks
the furthest the Nets have been over .500 on the road at any point in franchise history.
▪ The Nets are 31-19 (.620) on the road since the start of last season. Only
Phoenix (33-14, .702) and Utah (31-18, .633) are better in that time.
▪ The only team with a higher win % on the road this season than Brooklyn
is Phoenix (9-2, .818).
➢ DISHING: The Nets are 16-2 this season when dishing out 25+ assists in a game.
➢ MIDRANGE: The Nets are shooting a league-best .494 FG % from midrange this season, ranking first in midrange FGM/game (7.7) and second in midrange FGA/game (15.5). Brooklyn finished second in midrange FG % last season (.463), trailing Phoenix (.474).
➢ CLUTCH: The Nets are 10-3 in ‘clutch’ games this season (games within five points in the last five minutes), marking the fourth-best record in the
league, trailing only Washington (12-1), Phoenix (11-1) and Memphis (8-2) in such games.
▪ The Nets had the third-best ‘clutch’ record in the league last season (27-13), trailing only Philadelphia (25-9) and Phoenix (25-12).
➢ ON D: Brooklyn is 8-0 this season when holding its opponent under 100 points. The Nets have won a franchise record 25 straight games (last loss:
94-82 on 12/26/19 vs. New York) when holding their opponent under 100 points (11-0 last season).
▪ Brooklyn is also 9-1 when holding its opponent under .400 FG % this season (10-0 in such games last season).
▪ The Nets are also 16-1 this season when holding their opponent to 110 or fewer points (only loss: 106-93 on 10/27 vs. Miami).
➢ ON O: The Nets are 4-0 this season when scoring 120+ points and 7-1 when shooting .500+ FG %.
▪ The Nets have won 24 straight games (dating back to 2/2/21 vs. L.A. Clippers) when scoring 120+ points, which marks the longest
active streak in the league. The 24 straight wins when scoring 120+ points is also the longest streak in Nets history.
▪ The Nets are also 13-0 this season when scoring 110+ points in a game.
▪ Brooklyn was 31-3 when scoring 120+ points last season and 25-4 when shooting .500+ FG %.
➢ FTM-FTA-FT%: The Nets are one of two teams in the league to rank in the top-five in FTM/game, FTA/game and FT %, joining Boston.
➢ LOSSES: The Nets are one of two teams this season that have not lost consecutive games, joining Golden State.
▪ This is the deepest the Nets have gone into a season without losing consecutive games in franchise history (previously: the Nets didn’t
lose consecutive games in the 2002-03 campaign until the 15th and
16th games of the season

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