WIZARDS-RAPTORS PREGAME NOTES

GAME #24 – TORONTO RAPTORS (10-13) vs. WASHINGTON WIZARDS (14-9)
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2021 – 6 P.M. (ET) – SCOTIABANK ARENA
TV: SPORTSNET – RADIO: SPORTSNET 590 THE FAN

• The Toronto Raptors (10-13) continue a season-long seven-game homestand (Nov. 28 – Dec. 13) Sunday night against the Washington Wizards (14-9) at Scotiabank Arena. Fred VanVleet scored 29 points as he Raptors snapped a five-game home winless streak with a 97-93 victory over Milwaukee on Thursday. Toronto and Washington have split the first two meetings this season with the road team winning both games. The Raptors have won 10 of their last 12 games against the Wizards.
• Giants of Africa, the not-for-profit founded by vice-chairman and president of the Toronto Raptors Masai Ujiri, hosted a celebratory lunch gala today in honour of Nelson Mandela, on the anniversary of his passing. The event kicked off Giants of Africa’s eighth annual celebration of the Nobel Peace Prize winner’s life. Following the gala, festivities will continue at Scotiabank Arena where Mandela will be recognized with ingame presentations and performances as the Raptors take on Washington.
Scottie Barnes has scored in double figures in six straight games (Nov. 21 – Dec. 2). He is averaging 16.2
points and shooting .480 (36-75) from the field during this stretch. Barnes has made 13 threes over the last
six games after making two in his first 15 games of the season. Barnes currently leads all rookies in scoring (15.3), rebounds (8.1) and minutes (35.6), and ranks second with a .489 (130-266) field goal percentage. Barnes has paced Toronto in scoring and assists five times, and rebounds in seven games.
Fred VanVleet scored 26 of his game-high 29 points in the second half in Thursday’s victory vs. Milwaukee. VanVleet has now scored 20+ points in four of the last five games (Nov. 24 – Dec. 2). He is averaging
24.0 points, while shooting .519 (41-81) from the floor and .429 (18-42) from beyond the arc, over the last
five games. VanVleet has scored 20+ points in a team-high 10 games this season.
• Fred VanVleet (81) and Gary Trent Jr. (80) currently rank second and tied for 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 fourth in the NBA in steals per game (2.05) and has recorded multiple steals in 13-of-21
games. Toronto leads the NBA in deflections per game (19.7) and ranks third in steals (9.5).
Pascal Siakam has scored 20 points in consecutive games (Nov. 30 – Dec. 2). He is shooting .486 (18-37)
from the field over the last two games. Siakam missed the first 10 games (Oct. 20 – Nov. 5) of the season
recovering from left shoulder surgery.
Goran Dragic is taking time away from the team for a personal matter. There is no definite timeline, and
updates will be provided as appropriate. Dragic is averaging 8.0 points in five games this season.
PROBABLE STARTERS
F – SCOTTIE BARNES #4

MIN: 35.6 REB: 8.1 AST: 3.3 STL: 1.2 TO: 2.1 BLK: 0.8 PTS: 15.3
• Recorded 13 points, seven rebounds, four assists and three steals in 39 minutes Dec. 2 vs. Milwaukee.
• Has made 13 threes in the last six games (Nov. 21 – Dec. 2) 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: 33.2 REB: 7.2 AST: 3.8 STL: 0.8 TO: 2.3 BLK: 0.9 PTS: 18.1
• Finished with 20 points, eight rebounds and four assists in 35 minutes Dec. 2 vs. Milwaukee.
• Has led (or tied) the team in assists in each of the last four games (Nov. 26 – Dec. 2); totaling 18 assists.
• Missed the first 10 games (Oct. 20 – Nov. 5) of the season recovering from left shoulder surgery.
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C – PRECIOUS ACHIUWA #5

MIN: 26.3 REB: 8.0 AST: 1.6 STL: 0.5 TO: 1.1 BLK: 0.6 PTS: 7.9
• Tallied six points, eight rebounds (five offensive boards) and two blocks in 35 minutes Dec. 2 vs. Milwaukee.
• Tied with Isaiah Stewart for the lead among sophomores in rebounding (8.0).
• Averaging 7.8 points, 8.1 rebounds and 26.4 minutes in 16 games as a starter.
G – GARY TRENT JR. #33

MIN: 34.4 REB: 3.3 AST: 1.7 STL: 2.1 TO: 1.0 BLK: 0.4 PTS: 16.9
• Contributed eight points, a career-high eight rebounds and three assists in 35 minutes Dec. 2 vs. Milwaukee.
• Ranks fourth in the NBA in steals per game (2.05); has recorded multiple steals in 13 games.
• Averaged 19.3 points and shot .382 (39-102) from three-point range during 13 games in November.
G – FRED VANVLEET #23

MIN: 38.3 REB: 5.2 AST: 6.2 STL: 1.6 TO: 3.2 BLK: 0.6 PTS: 20.3
• Scored a game-high 29 points Dec. 2 vs. Milwaukee; added five rebounds and four assists in 39 minutes.
• Leads the NBA in minutes per game (38.3), has logged 40+ minutes in six games this season.
• Has scored 20+ points in four of the last five games (Nov. 24 – Dec. 2), averaging 24.0 points during this span.

INJURY REPORT
OG Anunoby (Left Hip; Pointer) – Out
Khem Birch (Right Knee; Swelling) – Out
Goran Dragic (NWT) – Out
UPDATED: Dec. 5, 2021

2021-22 RECORDS
W-L EAST WEST
OVERALL 10-13 8-8 2-5
HOME 3-8 3-6 0-2
AWAY 7-5 5-2 2-3
OVERTIME 0-0 0-0 0-0

NEXT GAME DETAILS
Opponent: Oklahoma City Thunder
Date: Wednesday, December 8
Tip-Off: 7:30 p.m. (ET)
Venue: Scotiabank Arena
Television: Sportsnet
Radio: TSN 1050 Toronto
SERIES RECAP VS. OKLAHOMA CITY
OVERALL HOME ROAD

2021-22 1-1 1-0 0-1
ALL-TIME 19-30 10-14 9-16
STREAKS Won 1 Won 1 Lost 1
LAST WIN: Apr. 18, 2021 (112-106)
LAST HOME WIN: Apr. 18, 2021 (112-106)
LARGEST MARGIN OF VICTORY: +17 (Jan. 23, 2000)
LARGEST MARGIN OF DEFEAT: -44 (Jan. 15, 1997)

WIZARDS

QUICK HITS
BRADLEY BEAL

• Beal (1,878) recorded his fifth-straight season with at least 1700 points in
2020-21, the longest streak in team history and second behind Elvin Hayes’
total of six seasons overall. Beal also tallied his third season with at least
1,800 points, tied for the second-most in franchise history.
• Beal (625) needs 19 games played to surpass Greg Ballard (643, 1978-85) for
the third-most games played in Wizards history.
SPENCER DINWIDDIE
• Netted 34 points (13-24 FGs, 6-9 3PT) on 10/22 vs. IND, the most he’s scored
in a single game since MIN on 12/30/19 (36).
• Dinwiddie (987) needs 13 rebounds to register 1,000 total rebounds for his
career.
• Has recorded double figure scoring on 13 occasions, including five 20+ point
outings.
DANIEL GAFFORD
• Gafford is averaging career-bests in points (9.1), rebounds (5.9) and blocks
(2.0) in 21.2 minutes per game through 23 games this season.
• Recorded 18 points and 10 rebounds on 12/1 vs. MIN, tallying double-double
efforts in three-consecutive games for the first time in his career.
• His career-best eight blocks on 11/26 at OKC is the most blocks recorded by
a Wizards player since JaVale McGee on 3/15/11 (12).
KYLE KUZMA
• Kuzma (299) will reach 300 games played in his career if he plays tonight.
• His eight double-doubles through the first 23 games of the season are the most
in his career.
KENTAVIOUS CALDWELL-POPE
• Caldwell-Pope (990) needs 10 free throws to reach 1,000 for his career.
• Is shooting the ball at a .377 clip from beyond the arc this season.
AVERAGES VS. TORONTO CAREER SEASON
Beal: 26 g, 23.8 pts, 4.7 reb, 4.9 ast | 2 g, 24.0 pts, 5.0 reb, 5.5 ast
Dinwiddie: 19 g, 12.7 pts., 2.9 reb, 5.1 ast | 2 g, 12.5 pts, 3.0 reb, 4.5 ast
Gafford: 6 g, 5.3 pts, 2.8 reb, 0.3 ast | 2 g, 8.5 pts, 4.5 reb, 0.0 ast
Kuzma: 10 g, 12.9 pts, 6.0 reb, 1.2 ast | 2 g, 6.5 pts, 8.5 reb, 2.0 ast
Caldwell-Pope: 23 g, 9.8 pts, 2.7 reb, 1.9 ast | 2 g, 6.5 pts, 5.5 reb, 0.5 ast


GUARD

3 BRADLEY BEAL

Ht: 6-5, Wt: 207, Exp: 9
Age: 28, From: Florida
22.3 pts, 5.0 reb, 5.9 ast


CENTER

21 DANIEL GAFFORD

Ht: 6-10, Wt: 234, Exp: 2
Age: 23, From: Arkansas
9.1 pts, 5.9 reb, 1.1 ast


FORWARD

1 KENTAVIOUS CALDWELL-POPE

Ht: 6-5, Wt: 204, Exp: 8
Age: 28, From: Georgia
10.9 pts, 3.1 reb, 1.6 ast


FORWARD

33 KYLE KUZMA

Ht: 6-10, Wt: 221, Exp: 4
Age: 26, From: Utah
13.0 pts, 8.7 reb, 2.8 ast

GUARD

26 SPENCER DINWIDDIE

Ht: 6-5, Wt: 215, Exp: 7
Age: 28, From: Colorado
13.7 pts, 5.0 reb, 5.4 ast

2021-22 REGULAR SEASON RECORDS
RECORD HOME ROAD OT
OVERALL 14-9 8-3 6-6 2-0
DIVISION 3-4 2-1 1-3 0-0
WEST 5-2 3-0 2-2 0-0
EAST 9-7 5-3 4-4 2-0
STREAK 1 Loss 1 Loss 1 Loss 2 Wins


Bradley Beal “extremely ecstatic” that GM Tommy Sheppard got extension — ProBasketballTalk | NBC Sports

Beal doesn’t sound like a guy looking to leave Washington D.C.

Bradley Beal “extremely ecstatic” that GM Tommy Sheppard got extension — ProBasketballTalk | NBC Sports

Unvaccinated players will not be able to travel to Toronto for games after Jan. 15 — ProBasketballTalk | NBC Sports

Bradley Beal and the Wizards will have played all their games in Toronto before the cut-off date.

Unvaccinated players will not be able to travel to Toronto for games after Jan. 15 — ProBasketballTalk | NBC Sports

Bradley Beal on Wizards 5-1 start: “I want to win with D.C.” — ProBasketballTalk | NBC Sports

“I always say I want to win. I want to be productive and I want to win in D.C.”

Bradley Beal on Wizards 5-1 start: “I want to win with D.C.” — ProBasketballTalk | NBC Sports

Bradley Beal on coronavirus vaccine: ‘It’s funny that it only reduces your chances of going to the hospital’ — ProBasketballTalk | NBC Sports

Bradley Beal’s argument against coronavirus vaccines: They prevent only hospitalizations and death.

Bradley Beal on coronavirus vaccine: ‘It’s funny that it only reduces your chances of going to the hospital’ — ProBasketballTalk | NBC Sports

Report: Bradley Beal irked by Wizards’ process of hiring Wes Unseld Jr. over Sam Cassell — ProBasketballTalk | NBC Sports

Bradley Beal is reportedly considering requesting a trade from the Wizards.

Report: Bradley Beal irked by Wizards’ process of hiring Wes Unseld Jr. over Sam Cassell — ProBasketballTalk | NBC Sports

Bradley Beal out of Olympics for health and safety reasons — Lowell Sun

By BRIAN MAHONEY Bradley Beal will miss the Olympics after being placed into health and safety protocols and the U.S. men’s basketball team said it will replace him on its roster at a later date. The Americans also announced Thursday that forward Jerami Grant has also been played in health and safety protocols “out of…

Bradley Beal out of Olympics for health and safety reasons — Lowell Sun

Beal blasts Warriors’ Bazemore for comment in support of Curry’s scoring title run — Marin Independent Journal

Kent Bazemore played one of the better games of his season in the Warriors’ win over the Jazz Monday night, but he still got roasted on social media throughout the game for a totally unrelated reason. Earlier in the day, the Warriors guard spoke in support of his friend and teammate Steph Curry in the…

Beal blasts Warriors’ Bazemore for comment in support of Curry’s scoring title run — Marin Independent Journal

Beal Outduels Ex-Teammate Wall, Wizards Top Rockets 131-119 — CBS Baltimore

Bradley Beal scored 37 points in an entertaining duel with ex-teammate John Wall, and the Wizards beat the undermanned Houston Rockets 131-119 on Monday night in Wall’s return to Washington.

Beal Outduels Ex-Teammate Wall, Wizards Top Rockets 131-119 — CBS Baltimore

Nuggets podcast: Nikola Jokic’s MVP chances, Bradley Beal trade rumors, MPJ’s return and the Jerami Grant homecoming that wasn’t — The Denver Post

In the latest edition of the Nuggets Ink podcast, Mike Singer and Matt Schubert check in as the surging Denver Nuggets get ready to take on the Lakers. Among the topics discussed: The Jerami Grant/Mason Plumlee revenge game that wasn’t: What was the scene like inside Ball Arena? How much is Michael Malone to blame…

Nuggets podcast: Nikola Jokic’s MVP chances, Bradley Beal trade rumors, MPJ’s return and the Jerami Grant homecoming that wasn’t — The Denver Post

What Bradley Beal Expects From John Wall When Wizards Face Houston — NBC4 Washington

Tuesday will be the first time Bradley Beal plays against John Wall in an NBA game. He shared his expectations for the match-up.

What Bradley Beal Expects From John Wall When Wizards Face Houston — NBC4 Washington

Bradley Beal Describes Returning From COVID Protocol: ‘It Was Weird’ — NBC4 Washington

Bradley Beal wasn’t gone long, but the experience he had away from the Wizards was strange as he quarantined to wait out coronavirus contact tracing.

Bradley Beal Describes Returning From COVID Protocol: ‘It Was Weird’ — NBC4 Washington