Former player and current Dallas Mavericks Coach Jason Kidd will not be with the team as they face-off against the Rockets Friday night.Dallas Mavericks Coach Jason Kidd Enters NBA COVID Protocols — CBS Dallas / Fort Worth
The Celtics – who’d already blown three 19-point leads this season – one-upped themselves by blowing a 25-point lead to the Knicks yesterday.Boston coach Ime Udoka: Celtics lack leadership, mental toughness — ProBasketballTalk | NBC Sports
Since serving a one-game suspension for a cheap shot to Heat forward Markieff Morris, Nuggets center Nikola Jokic has moved on with building his MVP case.Still sidelined by cheap shot, Markieff Morris calls Nikola Jokic ‘sloppy fat boy’ — ProBasketballTalk | NBC Sports
• The Toronto Raptors (18-17) begin a three-game homestand (Jan. 7-11) Friday night when they host the Utah Jazz (28-10) at Scotiabank Arena. The Raptors have won four in a row after beating the Bucks in Milwaukee, 117-111, on Wednesday. Pascal Siakam scored a season-high 33 points, and OG Anunoby
and Gary Trent Jr. had 22 apiece in the victory. Toronto has won eight of its past 10 games at home. The Raptors are above .500 for the first time since Nov. 11. Toronto announced today they have signed forward D.J. Wilson to a second 10-day contract via the COVID hardship exception.
• The Raptors allowed an opponent season-high 77 points in the first half Wednesday at Milwaukee, but held the Bucks to an opponent season-low 34 points in the second half, including just 11 points in the third
quarter. Milwaukee shot .136 (3-22) from the field and missed all eight of its three-point attempts in the third after shooting .614 (27-44) from the floor and .619 (13-21) from beyond the arc in the first half.
• Pascal Siakam led the Raptors with a season-high 33 points in Wednesday’s win over the Bucks. Siakam added five rebounds and six assists. Siakam has now recorded five or more assists in five straight games (Dec. 28 – Jan. 5) – tied for the second longest streak of his career. He dished out five assists in six consecutive games Feb. 14-23, 2021. Siakam has tallied a team-high 33 assists over the last five games.
• Gary Trent Jr. has scored 20+ points in back-to-back games (Jan. 4-5). He is averaging 21.5 points and shooting .485 (16-33) from the field over the last two contests. The Raptors are 8-4 this season when Trent Jr. reaches the 20-point mark.
• Fred VanVleet is averaging 29.3 points, 4.2 rebounds and 7.8 assists over his last six games (Dec. 14 – Jan. 5). He is shooting .472 (59-125) from the field and .473 (35-74) from three-point range during this
stretch. VanVleet has made at least four threes in all six games and scored 30+ points four times.
• Rookie Scottie Barnes has scored 452 points through his first 30 games – the most by a Raptors rookie since Vince Carter scored 528 points in his first 30 games during the 1998-99 season. Barnes currently
ranks second among rookies in rebounds (8.1), and fourth in both scoring (15.1) and assists (3.5).
• Fred VanVleet (125) and Gary Trent Jr. (114) currently rank first and third, respectively, in the NBA in total deflections. VanVleet has led the NBA in deflections per game each of the past two seasons, while Trent Jr. is also ranks third in the league in steals per game (1.97) and has recorded multiple steals in 20 games. The Raptors lead the NBA in deflections per game (18.7) and rank third in steals (9.2).
• JAZZ CONNECTIONS: Utah forward Rudy Gay played parts of two seasons (2012-14) with Toronto, averaging 19.5 points and 6.8 rebounds in 51 games … Raptors assistant coach Earl Watson averaged 3.3
points and 3.8 assists in 178 games during three seasons (2010-12) with the Jazz.
F – OG ANUNOBY #3
MIN: 36.0 REB: 5.3 AST: 2.5 STL: 1.7 TO: 1.6 BLK: 0.5 PTS: 19.3
• Recorded 22 points, six rebounds and two assists in 35 minutes Jan. 5 at Milwaukee.
• Averaging 19.0 points and shooting .451 (23-51) from the field over the last four games (Jan. 31 – Jan. 5).
• Has scored 20+ points 10 times in 20 games; something he did 13 times in 43 games last season.
F – SCOTTIE BARNES #4
MIN: 35.8 REB: 8.1 AST: 3.5 STL: 1.1 TO: 2.0 BLK: 0.9 PTS: 15.1
• Tallied six points, six rebounds, four assists and one steal in 38 minutes Jan. 5 at Milwaukee.
• Ranks second among rookies in rebounds (8.1), and fourth in both scoring (15.1) and assists (3.5).
• Has posted five double-doubles, including three games with at least 20 points and 10 rebounds.
F – PASCAL SIAKAM #43
MIN: 35.1 REB: 8.4 AST: 4.4 STL: 0.9 TO: 2.5 BLK: 0.8 PTS: 20.4
• Scored a season-high 33 points Jan. 5 vs. Milwaukee; added five rebounds and six assists in 42 minutes.
• The Raptors improved to a perfect 3-0 this season when he scores 30 or more points.
• Leads the team with seven double-doubles despite missing 13 games this season.
G – GARY TRENT JR. #33
MIN: 34.0 REB: 2.9 AST: 2.1 STL: 2.0 TO: 0.9 BLK: 0.3 PTS: 16.6
• Contributed 22 points, five rebounds and two assists in 31 minutes Jan. 5 at Milwaukee.
• Ranks third in the NBA in steals per game (1.97); has recorded multiple steals in 20 games.
• Averaging 19.4 points in 14 games on the road, compared to 14.3 points at home (18 games) this season.
G – FRED VANVLEET #23
MIN: 37.5 REB: 4.9 AST: 6.7 STL: 1.6 TO: 2.7 BLK: 0.6 PTS: 21.3
• Finished with 19 points, three rebounds, five assists and two steals in 39 minutes Jan. 5 at Milwaukee.
• Leads the NBA in minutes per game (37.5), has logged 40+ minutes seven times.
• Has recorded multiple steals in seven of his last eight games (Dec. 10 – Jan. 5); totalling 17 steals.
RAPTORS INJURY REPORT
Isaac Bonga (G League – On Assignment) – Out
Goran Dragic (NWT) – Out
Yuta Watanabe (Health and Safety Protocols) – Out
JAZZ INJURY REPORT
OUT – Joe Ingles (Health and Safety Protocols)
OUT – Rudy Gobert (Health and Safety Protocols)
OUT – Mike Conley (Right Knee Injury Recovery)
OUT – Bojan Bogdanovic (Left Middle Finger Sprain)
OUT – Donovan Mitchell (Left Low Back Strain)
QUESTIONABLE – Royce O’Neale (Right Patellar Tendonitis)
QUESTIONABLE – Hassan Whiteside (Concussion Protocol)
QUESTIONABLE – Jordan Clarkson (Low Back Tightness)
QUESTIONABLE – Rudy Gay (Right Heel Injury Recovery)
Opponent: Utah Jazz
Date: Friday, January 7
Tip-Off: 7:30 p.m. (ET)
Venue: Scotiabank Arena
Radio: Sportsnet 590 The FAN
SERIES RECAP VS. UTAH
OVERALL HOME ROAD
2021-22 0-1 0-0 0-1
ALL-TIME 20-30 10-14 10-16
STREAKS Lost 3 Lost 1 Lost 2
LAST WIN: Mar. 9, 2020 (101-92)
LAST HOME WIN: Dec. 1, 2019 (130-110)
LARGEST MARGIN OF VICTORY: +24 (Nov. 9, 2013)
LARGEST MARGIN OF DEFEAT: -32 (Dec. 7, 2012)
LAST TIME VS. UTAH
GAME 16 – NOVEMBER 18, 2021
UTAH 119, TORONTO 103
SALT LAKE CITY — Rudy Gay hit five 3-pointers and scored 20 points in
his season debut to help the Utah Jazz beat the Toronto Raptors 119-103
… Donovan Mitchell scored 20 points for the Jazz … Utah shot 55% from
the field and scored 48 points in the paint … The Jazz also made 19 3-
pointers … Gary Trent Jr. scored a season-high 31 points for Toronto, and
Fred VanVleet added 24 … The Raptors lost for the sixth time in seven
games despite scoring 37 points off 24 Jazz turnovers … Khem Birch
gave Toronto an early spark, scoring all 14 of his points before halftime …
He made back-to-back baskets to kickstart a 9-2 run that gave the Raptors a 23-17 lead in the first quarter … Gay made three 3-pointers and
assisted another basket to help the Jazz rally and take a 42-31 lead early
in the second quarter … VanVleet made 3-pointers on three straight possessions to erase Utah’s lead and put the Raptors ahead 53-51 shortly
before halftime … The Jazz tightened up on defense in the third quarter
… Toronto made only three baskets over the final nine minutes of the
quarter … It opened the door for Utah to rebuild a double-digit lead … Joe
Ingles fed Rudy Gobert for a pair of dunks and drained a pair of 3-pointers
to fuel a 15-2 run that put the Jazz up 98-80 early in the fourth quarter.
1 2 3 4 TOT
TORONTO 27 36 17 23 103
UTAH 32 29 31 27 119
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