RAPTORS-WARRIORS pregame notes


• The Toronto Raptors (8-9) continue a six-game road trip (Nov. 15-26) Sunday night against the Golden State Warriors (14-2) at Chase Center. The Raptors snapped a three-game winless streak (Nov. 13-18) with a 108-89 victory over Sacramento on Friday. Toronto has won four of its last five games vs. Golden State and split the season-series (1-1) with the Warriors last year. The Raptors defeated Golden State 130-77 in Tampa last season – the largest margin of victory in franchise history (+53).
Pascal Siakam led all scorers with a season-high 32 points (10-12 FG, 3-3 3PT, 9-10 FT), including 13 in a decisive third quarter, in Friday’s victory over the Kings. Siakam became just the fourth player in franchise history to scored 30+ points on 12 or fewer field goal attempts, along with DeMar DeRozan (twice),
Jerryd Bayless and Chris Bosh.
Gary Trent Jr. recorded 23 points and four rebounds in 36 minutes Friday at Sacramento. Trent Jr. has now scored 20+ points in four of the last five games (Nov. 11-19), averaging a team-high 23.0 points. He is
shooting .518 (43-83) from the field and .426 (20-47) from beyond the arc during this stretch.
• The Raptors allowed just 89 points in Friday’s win at Sacramento. The Kings recorded an opponent season-low 15 assists and tied an opponent season low with 32 made field goals.
Chris Boucher posted his first double-double of the season with 10 points and a season-high 12 rebounds in 24 minutes off the bench during Friday’s win against the Kings. Boucher recorded 12 double-doubles last season. His eight double-doubles as a reserve last year were tied with Miles Bridges for third most in the NBA – behind only Dwight Howard (11) and Enes Kanter (11).
Gary Trent Jr. (75) and Fred VanVleet (62) rank first and third respectively, in the NBA in deflections. Trent Jr. also ranks fourth in the NBA in steals (2.24) and has already tied his career high with five steals three times. VanVleet has led the league in deflections per game each of the past two seasons. Toronto
(10.2) and Golden State (10.1) currently rank first and second, respectively, in the NBA in steals.
• Rookie Scottie Barnes leads all rookies in scoring (14.9 ppg), rebounds (8.1) and minutes (35.3). Barnes has led the team in scoring and rebounds five times, scored 20+ points in four games and earned two
double-doubles. He sat out two games (Nov. 1-3) with a sprained right thumb.
OG Anunoby missed his second straight game Friday at Sacramento with a left hip pointer. Anunoby sustained the injury Wednesday during practice. He is averaging a team-high 20.1 points this season.

WARRIORS

NOTES TO KNOW: The Warriors possess the best record in the NBA at 14-2. Golden State remains the only team this season to score at least 100 points in every game.

Golden State leads the NBA in scoring (113.9 ppg), assists (29.2 apg), fast-break points (17.2), and opponent field goal percentage (.422).

The Warriors rank second in opponent scoring (100.9 ppg), second in rebounding (47.6 rpg), third in steals (10.13 spg), third in field goal percentage (.474), and third in opponent 3-point field goal percentage (.316).
Among the league leaders, Stephen Curry leads the NBA in 3-pointers (85) and scoring (29.5 ppg) and ranks second in free throw percentage (.958); Draymond Green is tied ninth in assists (7.6 apg); Jordan Poole is ranked fourth in free throw percentage (.941). Stephen Curry was named Western Conference
Player of the Week for Week 4, his second weekly award this season and the 18th of his career.

UPCOMING/CONTINUING MILESTONES
• Stephen Curry has made at least one 3-pointer in 140 consecutive games, the league’s longest active
streak and now the second-longest streak in NBA history after having passed Kyle Korver (127).
Curry, who holds the all-time NBA record of 157 games, is the only player with two 100-plus streaks.
• With 2,917 career 3-pointers made, Curry ranks second on the NBA’s all-time career 3-pointers made
list, trailing Ray Allen (2,973) by 56.
• Andre Iguodala is seven field goals away from 5,000 career.
AS OF LATE… (CURRENT TEAM/PLAYER STREAKS)
• Golden State is the only team in the NBA to score at least 100 points in every game this season. Their streak of 16 consecutive 100-point games to start the season is the longest streak for the Warriors
since they began the 2015-16 season with 24-straight 100-point games, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. The Warriors franchise record for the most consecutive 100-point games to begin a season is
61, set by the 1960-61 team.
Stephen Curry has made nine 3-pointers in each of the last two games he has played in (18-30 3P, .600 3P%). In NBA history there have been seven instances of players making at least nine 3-pointers in two straight games; Curry has done so five times (James Harden has the other two). No player
in NBA history has had three-consecutive games with at least nine 3-pointers. Only three times in NBA history has a player made eight-or-more 3-pointers in three-straight games: Curry, twice; Damian Lillard, once.
Draymond Green is shooting .727 (16-22 FG) from the field in the last four games he has played in, including 3-of-6 from 3-point range.
• Gary Payton II, second on the team in steals (22), has recorded a steal in each of the last 11 games, a career-best streak.
TONIGHT’S NOTES
• Tonight’s game vs. Toronto is the first of three-straight home games. The Raptors have won four of the last five meetings against the Warriors. Golden
State has won 14 of the last 16 meetings against the Raptors in the Bay Area.
• The Warriors completed a four-game road trip with a 3-1 record. Stephen Curry averaged a team-high 33.7 points (.500 FG%, .488 3P%, 12-12 FT),
5.7 rebounds, 7.0 assists, 2.33 steals in 33.3 minutes per game in three contests. Curry made 21 3-pointers in three games (he missed the last game
in Detroit due to a left hip contusion. Andrew Wiggins averaged 21.5 points per game and Jordan Poole had a 17.5 scoring average. Draymond
Green played in three games and averaged 9.3 assists a game during the road trip. Golden State outscored (107.0 to 99.0 ppg), outrebounded (46.0
to 38.5 rpg) and outshot opponents from the field (.476 to .423 FG%) during the four-game road trip.
• The Warriors have started the 2021-22 season winning 14 of their first 16 games. It’s the best start after 16 games since the team opened the 2016-17
season with a 16-2 record. Including last season, the Warriors have won 29 of their last 36 regular season games.
• In the third quarter this season, the Warriors are outscoring opponents (29.8 to 21.9 ppg), outrebounding opponents (13.3 to 9.3 rpg), outshooting
opponents from the field (.488 to .380) and from 3-point range (.373 to .300). The Warriors have outscored opponents, 476-351, a difference of 125
points (7.8 ppg) in the third quarter this season.
• On Monday, Stephen Curry was named Western Conference Player of the Week for Week 4 after leading the Warriors to a 3-1 record while averaging
an NBA-high 34.8 points, to go along with 5.5 rebounds, 7.8 assists and 2.25 steals in 34.8 minutes per game. It was Curry’s second weekly honor of
the season (Week 1) and the 18th of his career.
• Including games played on November 20, the Warriors are ranked first in scoring (113.95 ppg), first in assists (29.7 apg), first in field goal percentage
(.474 FG%), first in fastbreak points per game (17.2) . Defensively, Golden State is ranked first in opponent field goal percentage (.422 FG%), second
in opponent scoring (100.9 ppg), second in rebounding (47.6 rpg), second in steals (10.13), and fifth in opponent 3-point field goal percentage (.316
3P%). According to NBA.com, the Warriors are ranked first in defensive rating (99.4) and third in offensive rating (112.3), trailing only Utah (114.3) and
Philadelphia (112.4).
• Including games played on November 20, several Warriors rank among the Top 10 in statistical categories: Stephen Curry is ranked first in scoring
(29.5 ppg) and first in 3-pointers made (85), and second in free throw percentage (.958 FT%); Jordan Poole is ranked fourth in free throw percentage
(.941 FT%); Draymond Green is tied ninth in assists per game (7.6 apg).
• Stephen Curry’s +205 plus-minus leads the NBA (+13.7 per game). On pace to be the best by any player since 1996-97 (ESPN SportsCenter).
• On Wednesday at Brooklyn, Curry’s nine 3-pointers were the most by a Nets opposing player in team history (previous eight, nine times) (ESPN
SportsCenter).
• The 50-point performance by Stephen Curry on November 8 vs. Atlanta was the most points scored by an individual player this season, surpassing
the 46 points scored by the Celtics’ Jaylen Brown on October 20 at New York in a double overtime game. Prior to Curry scoring 50 points, the most
points scored in a non-overtime game was set by Curry when he scored 45 points on October 21, 2021 vs. the Clippers.
• The Warriors went 7-1 on their eight-game homestand (October 28-November 12), tied for the longest in franchise history (they went 4-4 on their
previous eight-game homestand, January 24-February 9, 2011


RAPTORS-KINGS PREGAME NOTES

GAME #17 – TORONTO RAPTORS (7-9) vs. SACRAMENTO KINGS (6-9)
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2021 – 10 P.M. (ET) – GOLDEN 1 CENTER
TV: SPORTSNET – RADIO: SPORTSNET 590 THE FAN

23 FRED VANVLEET

Position: Guard Height: 6-0 Weight: 200
College: Wichita State Birthday: 2/25/1994 NBA EXP: 5

2021-22 SEASON:
• Sat out Nov. 13 vs. Detroit with left groin soreness.
• Has scored 15+ points in 12 straight games (Oct. 23 – Nov. 15), averaging 20.8 points.
• Tallied 32 points, six rebounds and seven assists Nov. 11 at Philadelphia.
• Scored a season-best 33 points Nov. 3 at Washington.
• Recorded 15 points and a career-high 17 assists Oct. 25 vs. Chicago.
• Made third consecutive opening night start for the Raptors Oct. 20 vs. Washington;
finished with 12 points, three rebounds and four assists in 35 minutes.
• Inactive once.
LAST FIVE GAMES
Date Opp. MIN FG-A 3FG-A FT-A REB AST ST BS PTS
Nov. 10 @BOS 35:32 5-14 4-9 2-2 3 6 3 1 16
Nov. 11 @PHI 40:09 11-22 6-11 4-4 6 7 1 0 32
Nov. 13 DET INACTIVE – Left Groin; Soreness
Nov. 15 @POR 40:05 6-13 4-8 0-0 6 7 2 1 16
Nov. 18 @UTA 34:27 7-17 3-8 7-8 4 4 3 2 24

• The Toronto Raptors (7-9) continue a six-game road trip (Nov. 15-26) Friday night against the Sacramento Kings (6-9) at Golden 1 Center. The Raptors have dropped six of their last seven (Nov. 5-18), but are 5-3 on the road this season. Despite scoring 37 points off 24 Jazz turnovers, Toronto fell 119-103 in Utah last night. The Raptors are 2-1 in the second game of a back-to-back set this season. Toronto has won seven of its last eight games vs. Sacramento and split the season-series (1-1) with the Kings in 2020-21.
Gary Trent Jr. scored a season-high 31 points (12-18 FG, 5-11 3PT, 2-2 FT) Nov. 19 at Utah – the fourth 30-point game of his career and third since joining the Raptors at the trade deadline last season. Trent Jr. has now scored 20+ points in three of the last four games (Nov. 11-18), averaging 23.0 points. He is shooting .530 (35-66) from the field and .417 (15-36) from beyond the arc during this stretch.
OG Anunoby missed his first game of the season yesterday at Utah with a left hip pointer. Anunoby sustained the injury Wednesday during practice. He is averaging a team-high 20.1 points in 15 games this season. The Raptors have not used the same starting lineup in consecutive games since Nov. 7-11.
Khem Birch scored a season-high 14 points (6-8 FG, 2-3 FT) in his first start of the year last night against the Jazz. Birch scored all 14 of his points in the first half. In 17 starts with the Raptors last season, Birch averaged 12.4 points, 7.8 rebounds and 31.5 minutes.
Fred VanVleet (598) is tied with Terrence Ross (598) for third on the Raptors’ all-time three-point field goals list. Kyle Lowry holds the franchise record with 1,518 threes, followed by Morris Peterson (801). VanVleet has made at least three three-pointers in eight straight games played (Nov. 1-18), shooting .455 (30-66) from three-point distance during this span.
Gary Trent Jr. (70) and Fred VanVleet (59) rank first and third respectively, in the NBA in deflections. Trent Jr. is also fourth in the NBA in steals (2.38) and has already matched his career high with five steals
three times. VanVleet has led the league in deflections per game each of the past two seasons. Toronto currently leads the NBA in deflections (20.9) and ranks second in steals (10.3).
• Rookie Scottie Barnes leads all rookies in scoring (15.9 ppg) and rebounds (8.1), and is tied with Dalano Banton for second with a .508 field goal percentage – behind only Herbert Jones (.514). Barnes has led the team in scoring and rebounds five times in his first 13 games played, scored 20+ points in four games and earned two double-doubles. Barnes sat out two games (Nov. 1-3) with a sprained right thumb.

4 SCOTTIE BARNES

Position: Guard-Forward Height: 6-8 Weight: 225
College: Florida State Birthday: 8/1/2001 NBA EXP: R


• Logged a career-high 40 minutes Nov. 15 at Portland.
• Tied the Raptors rookie record for steals in a game with five Nov. 7 vs. Brooklyn.
• Missed two games (Nov. 1-3) due to a sprained right thumb; sustained the injury late in the fourth quarter Oct. 30 at Indiana.
• Scored 21 points in back-to-back games (Oct. 29-30).
• Tallied 18 points, seven rebounds and a season-high seven assists Oct. 27 vs. Indiana.
• Recorded first career double-double with season highs of 25 points and 13 rebounds in a victory Oct. 22 at Boston.
• Started in his NBA debut opening night vs. Washington (Oct. 20); tallied 12 points and nine rebounds in 33 minutes – became just the seventh rookie in franchise history to
start opening night and first since Pascal Siakam in 2016.
• Inactive twice.
LAST FIVE GAMES
Date Opp. MIN FG-A 3FG-A FT-A REB AST ST BS PTS
Nov. 10 @BOS 31:54 7-11 0-0 7-8 7 4 0 0 21
Nov. 11 @PHI 39:01 6-13 0-0 1-1 9 4 1 2 13
Nov. 13 DET 38:07 4-10 0-0 3-4 6 4 1 0 11
Nov. 15 @POR 39:30 6-14 0-1 6-6 8 2 0 0 18
Nov. 18 @UTA 35:08 5-11 0-2 0-0 6 6 1 0 10

33 GARY TRENT JR.

Position: Guard Height: 6-5 Weight: 205
College: Duke Birthday: 1/18/1999 NBA EXP: 3

2021-22 SEASON:
• Scored a season-high 31 points Nov. 18 at Utah.
• Finished with 18 points and a season-best six rebounds Nov. 15 at Portland.
• Tied a career high with five steals Nov. 5 vs. Cleveland.
• Matched a career best with five steals Oct. 27 vs. Indiana.
• Scored 20 points and tied a career high with five steals Oct. 22 at Boston.
• Contributed six points and two rebounds in 26 minutes off the bench in the season opener Oct. 20 vs. Washington.
LAST FIVE GAMES
Date Opp. MIN FG-A 3FG-A FT-A REB AST ST BS PTS
Nov. 10 @BOS 34:56 6-12 2-7 0-0 4 0 0 1 14
Nov. 11 @PHI 36:06 7-16 4-9 2-2 5 4 2 0 20
Nov. 13 DET 38:16 8-16 4-10 3-3 2 3 3 0 23
Nov. 15 @POR 39:34 8-16 2-6 0-0 6 1 2 0 18
Nov. 18 @UTA 33:01 12-18 5-11 2-2 2 3 1 0 31

43 PASCAL SIAKAM

Position: Forward Height: 6-8 Weight: 240
College: New Mexico St. Birthday: 4/2/1994 NBA EXP: 5

2021-22 SEASON:
• Led the team with season highs of 25 points, 12 rebounds, including a career-best
seven offensive boards, and seven assists Nov. 13 vs. Detroit.
• Sat out Nov. 11 at Philadelphia for left shoulder injury management.
• Returned to the starting lineup Nov. 7 vs. Brooklyn; contributed 15 points in 25 minutes.
• Missed the first 10 games (Oct. 20 – Nov. 5) of the season recovering from left shoulder surgery; underwent surgery in June to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder.
• Inactive for 11 games.
LAST FIVE GAMES
Date Opp. MIN FG-A 3FG-A FT-A REB AST ST BS PTS
Nov. 10 @BOS 29:53 3-7 0-1 2-2 7 3 2 0 8
Nov. 11 @PHI INACTIVE – Left Shoulder; Injury Management
Nov. 13 DET 34:38 9-14 2-3 5-9 12 7 1 0 25
Nov. 15 @POR 39:24 7-15 2-6 4-4 6 6 0 1 20
Nov. 18 @UTA 30:55 2-14 0-4 0-0 3 5 2 0 4

24 KHEM BIRCH

Position: Centre Height: 6-8 Weight: 226
College: UNLV Birthday: 9/29/1992 NBA EXP: 4

2021-22 SEASON:
• Scored a season-high 14 points in first start of the season Nov. 18 at Utah.
• Missed three games (Nov. 7-11) with right knee swelling.
• Scored 11 points Oct. 25 vs. Chicago.
• Recorded nine points and a season-high nine rebounds in 26 minutes off the bench in the season opener Oct. 20 vs. Washington.
• Inactive three times.
LAST FIVE GAMES
Date Opp. MIN FG-A 3FG-A FT-A REB AST ST BS PTS
Nov. 10 @BOS INACTIVE – Right Knee; Swelling
Nov. 11 @PHI INACTIVE – Right Knee; Swelling
Nov. 13 DET 16:19 1-3 0-0 2-4 5 1 0 0 4
Nov. 15 @POR 21:16 3-6 0-0 0-0 4 1 0 0 6
Nov. 18 @UTA 24:25 6-8 0-0 2-3 3 1 2 0 14

25 CHRIS BOUCHER

Position: Forward Height: 6-9 Weight: 198
College: Oregon Birthday: 1/11/1993 NBA EXP: 4

2021-22 SEASON:
• Matched a season high with eight rebounds Nov. 18 at Utah.
• Sat out Nov. 15 at Portland with lower back soreness.
• Scored a season-high 17 points in 24 minutes Nov 11 at Philadelphia.
• Recorded 11 points and a season-best eight rebounds Oct. 22 at Boston.
• Missed all five preseason games following surgery on a dislocated left middle finger;
sustained the injury in a practice collision with teammate Precious Achiuwa.
• Inactive once.
LAST FIVE GAMES

Date Opp. MIN FG-A 3FG-A FT-A REB AST ST BS PTS
Nov. 10 @BOS 6:49 0-2 0-2 0-0 2 0 0 0 0
Nov. 11 @PHI 24:04 7-12 1-3 2-2 6 0 1 2 17
Nov. 13 DET 11:37 1-3 0-2 0-1 1 0 0 0 2
Nov. 15 @POR INACTIVE – Lower Back; Soreness
Nov. 18 @UTA 17:29 1-6 0-2 0-0 8 2 0 1 2

KINGS POSSIBLE STARTERS

KINGS NOTES

FRANCHISE RECORDS: On Friday, November 5, 2021 vs. Charlotte, Sacramento shot 22 of 44 from three. The 22 made three’s are a new franchise
record with the previous being 21 made threes on three different occasions. Most recently, vs. Lakers on August 13, 2020 in the NBA Bubble.
WE JUST TRYING TO PARTY HOLMES:
Richaun Holmes earned his first career 20-point/20-rebound game as he scored 23 points on 9-of-12 shooting and
a career-high 20 rebounds vs. Charlotte on 11/5/21. According to @StatMuse, Holmes is the first Kings player to have a 20/20 game on at least .750 percent
shooting since 1994.
THE BLACK FALCON: Harrison Barnes erupted in the first game of the season on Wednesday, October 20, 2021 at Portland with a career-high 36 points
on 10-of-19 shooting from the field and 8-of-11 from the three-point line, which is also a new career-high. According to @StatsbySTATS, Barnes is the
first NBA player to score 35+ points with no turnovers and no personal fouls in a season opener since turnovers were first tracked beginning in 1977-78.
ALL TIME KINGS SHOOTE
R: Buddy Hield became the Kings franchise three-point leader as he connected from beyond the arc six times vs. Utah Friday
night. Hield passes Peja Stojakovic for most threes made all-time in Franchise history, who previously held the mark of 1,070 in a Kings jersey.
On Nov. 12, 2021 at Oklahoma City, Hield played in his 400th career game. He has the most three-pointers made of any player in NBA History in their first
400 games with 1,209.
GAME WINNERS: Harrison Barnes hit a three-pointer at the buzzer to beat the Phoenix Suns 110-107. The Kings have the most game-winning buzzer
beaters in the NBA since 2018-19 season with six:
Bogdan Bogdanovic (12/27/18) vs. LAL
Buddy Hield (1/19/19) at DET
Nemanja Bjelica (12/9/19) at HOU
Buddy Hield (12/23/20) at DEN
Harrison Barnes (3/27/21) vs. CLE
Harrison Barnes (10/27/21) at PHX
NO FOX GIVEN
MOVING UP THE LIST: De’Aaron Fox passed Vlade Divac on Sunday night, Oct. 24, 2021 to become the 6th all time leading assists man in a Kings jersey.
ASSISTS

  1. Mike Bibby 2,580
  2. Mitch Richmond 2,128
  3. Spud Webb 2,024
  4. Reggie Theus 1,943
  5. Chris Webber 1,791
  6. De’Aaron Fox 1,768
  7. Vlade Divac 1,693
  8. Brad Miller 1,542
  9. Doug Christie 1,505
  10. Lionel Simmons 1,498
    SEASON LEADERS
    BUDDY HIELD: Buddy Hield currently ranks second in the NBA in 3-pt field goals made with 65. He is also first in the league among reserves.
    RICHAUN HOLMES: Richaun Holmes ranks fourth in the NBA in field goal percentage with .682.

JAZZ-RAPTORS PREGAME NOTES

RAPTORS NOTES
• The Toronto Raptors return home from three straight road games (Mar. 13-17) to host the Utah Jazz on Friday night at Amalie Arena. The Raptors have won 12 of their last 14 games against the Jazz and swept the season-series each of the last two seasons. Pascal Siakam has scored 27+ points in three straight
games vs. Utah, averaging 30.0 points. Vinik Sports Group and the Raptors will welcome a limited number of fans, with a capacity of 3,800, back to Amalie Arena for games starting Friday.
• Norman Powell scored a career-high 43 points (14-18 FG, 8-12 3PT, 7-9 FT) Wednesday at Detroit. Powell became the 13th player in franchise history to score 40+ points, and just the second to reach the 40-point mark without committing a turnover (Last: Chris Bosh – Dec. 22, 2007 at PHX).
Norman Powell has scored 30+ points six times in the last 11 games (Feb. 19 – Mar. 17). Powell is averaging 26.8 points and is shooting .543 (101-186) from the floor, inlcuding .469 (45-96) from three-point range, during this stretch. Through 38 games, Powell is averaging a career-high 19.7 points (+3.7 ppg from 2019-20) and ranks eighth in the NBA shooting a career-best .446 (108-242) from beyond the arc.
Chris Boucher is averaging career highs of 14.3 points, 6.5 rebounds, 1.98 blocks and 24.2 minutes, and is the only Raptor to appear in all 40 games this season. Boucher ranks fifth in the NBA in blocks per game and is the only player in the league with 60+ three-point field goals and 60+ blocks (65 3PT, 79 BLK).
Kyle Lowry recorded 15 assists Wednesday against the Pistons. Lowry dished out 15+ assists for the third time this season and eighth time in a Raptors uniform; third most in team history behind Jose Calderon (21) and Damon Stoudamire (11).
• Toronto used its 16th different starting lineup of the season March 17 at Detroit. The Raptors used 18 starting lineups in 72 games during the 2019-20 campaign. Toronto has had 12 different players start at least
one game this season. Fred VanVleet leads the team with 35 starts.
Malachi Flynn, Patrick McCaw, Pascal Siakam and Fred VanVleet all returned to the lineup Wednesday at Detroit. Flynn, McCaw and VanVleet missed the previous five games, while Siakam was out for the last six, because of Health of Safety Protocols. OG Anunoby missed his sixth straight game against the Pistons also because of Health and Safety Protocols. Anunoby is expected to return Friday vs. Utah.
• The Raptors have lost six consecutive games (Mar. 3-17) for the first time since Dec. 3-12, 2012. Opponents are averaging 121.7 points and shooting .498 (253-508) from the field, including .397 (93-234) from three-point range, during this span. Toronto also has a -76 (277-to-353) rebounding differential over the last six contests. The last time the Raptors dropped seven in a row was Jan. 10-22, 2012 when they lost eight straight games. Toronto is six games below .500 (17-23) for the first time this season.

Raptors’ VanVleet talks COVID-19 experience: ‘I wouldn’t wish it on anybody’ — ProBasketballTalk | NBC Sports

“I’m here, I’m alive, I’m breathing and I know there’s a lot of people that didn’t make it through COVID.”

Raptors’ VanVleet talks COVID-19 experience: ‘I wouldn’t wish it on anybody’ — ProBasketballTalk | NBC Sports

Arc rivals

STREAKING: Joe Harris has made at least one 3-pointer in a Nets franchise-record 54 straight home games, dating to 2/25/19 vs. San Antonio.
LAST THREE: Since scoring a season-low-tying six points and seeing his franchise-record 79-game streak with at least one 3-pointer made end on 1/27 at Atlanta, Harris has averaged 21.0 ppg (.561 FG), 2.0 rpg and
3.3 apg in 33.1 mpg in his last three games, scoring 20+ points twice and shooting 16-of-29 (.552) from 3-point range.
 1/31 at WAS: Harris scored a career-high-tying 30 points (also: 3/25/18 vs. Cleveland) and made a career-high 8-of-13 3FG in 32 minutes.
 Harris is the seventh player in franchise history to make eight or more 3-pointers in a game (a total of 11 times), and the first
since D’Angelo Russell sank 8-of-12 from distance on 1/18/19 at Orlando.
SCORING: Brooklyn is 8-2 this season in games that Harris has tallied 15+ points in (5-1 when Harris scores 20+ points).

Fred VanVleet has made at least one 3-pointer in a Raptors franchise-record 53 straight games entering Friday. He made 11-for-14 shots from beyond the arc in scoring a franchise-record 54 points Tuesday against the Orlando Magic.

Fred VanVleet donates winter coats to Rockford elementary students — MyStateline.com

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO) — Toronto Raptor and Rockford native Fred VanVleet donated winter coats to elementary students on Friday. Students at Welsh Elementary School, 2100 Huffman Blvd, filed into the gym one-by-one today and were able to choose the color of their new coat. Assistant principal Tessa Hufalin said the gift offers more than warmth. […]

Fred VanVleet donates winter coats to Rockford elementary students — MyStateline.com

VanVleet says he’s excited about Raptors’ time in Tampa — The China Post, Taiwan

Fred VanVleet hasn’t been back to Toronto since March and isn’t sure when he’ll be back to the city that he’ll technically be calling home for at least the next four years.In the interim, warm weather will suit him just fine.VanVleet — the guard who finalized his four-year, $85 million contract to remain with the Raptors on Tuesday — said he’s excited for the team’s looming temporary move to Tampa, Florida. Toronto will play its home games for at least the first part of this season in Tampa because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and how the U.S-Canada border remains closed to non-essential travel.“Toronto has turned into my second home, so obviously we miss the city but I think we’ve got to be excited about what’s ahead of us,” VanVleet said. “I can’t not be excited. It won’t make the experience that great. So, we were in Florida for a while with the bubble in Orlando and right back there in Tampa, so hopefully it’s a good experience.”For the second time this year, the Sunshine State becomes home-away-from-home for the Raptors. They were in Fort Myers, Florida in June for training camp before moving to the restart bubble in Lake Buena Vista, Florida — near Orlando — for the resumption of the regular season and then their Eastern Conference playoff matchups against Brooklyn and Boston. They left the bubble in mid-September after being eliminated by the Celtics in the second round, and not even three months later, they’re headed back for training camp and soon a new season.The bubble had no fans until the NBA Finals, and that was limited to basically just player family members. The ticketing situation for Raptors’ “home” games in Tampa remains unclear, and some NBA teams have already said they’ll open the season with no fans in the seats.“I think it’s less of a sting because we haven’t played in front of fans in so long, but also once we knew that Toronto was up in the air as far as us being able to return, I was just happy that it was somewhere warm,” VanVleet said. “So, Tampa is right there and, and hopefully we’ll spend our time there and do what we got to do and then make our way back to Toronto at some point.”Keeping VanVleet — who averaged a career-best 17.6 points last season and was a key part of the Raptors’ run to the 2019 NBA championship in Kawhi Leonard’s lone season with the team — was a top priority for Toronto this offseason. The Raptors will look different; Marc Gasol went to the Los Angeles Lakers and Serge Ibaka to the Los Angeles Clippers, and VanVleet is of the belief that the Raptors are being written off again in the same way they were in past years.“I’m excited about what we’ve got,” VanVleet said. “I think we’re kind of headed back in a direction where we were pre-Kawhi, where people are overlooking us again — which is not a bad place to be in. So, we’ve got a lot of work to do and we’ve got to get a lot better as individuals. We’ll roll out there and see what we can do. I’m excited. I can’t wait to get back to work.”___More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports

VanVleet says he’s excited about Raptors’ time in Tampa — The China Post, Taiwan

Toronto Raptors consider boycott after Jacob Blake shooting — PressNewsAgency

Toronto Raptors players are considering a boycott of their upcoming NBA playoff series opener against the Boston Celtics in the wake of another police shooting in USA. The players held a team meeting prior to Tuesday’s practice to discuss their response to the shooting of Jacob Blake, a Black man shot in the back by […]

Toronto Raptors consider boycott after Jacob Blake shooting — PressNewsAgency

Toronto Raptors players are considering a boycott of their upcoming NBA playoff series opener against the Boston Celtics in the wake of another police shooting in USA.

The players held a team meeting prior to Tuesday’s practice to discuss their response to the shooting of Jacob Blake, a Black man shot in the back by police officers Sunday in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

“It’s being talked about … taking a knee is not getting it done,” Raptors guard Norman Powell said, per Sportsnet.

Guard Fred VanVleet said many options are on the table.Image:
Raptors guard Norman Powell says taking a knee is ‘not getting it done’

“We knew coming here or not coming here was not going to stop anything, but I think ultimately playing or not playing puts pressure on somebody,” VanVleet said.

“At the end of the day, if we’re gonna sit here and talk about making change, then at some point we’re gonna have to put our (manhood) on the line and actually put something up to lose, rather than just money or visibility.

“I’m just over the media aspect of it. It’s sensationalised, we talk about it everyday, that’s all we see, but it just feels like a big pacifier to me.”

Video shows Blake, trying to get into his van, with an officer pulling Blake’s white T-shirt, then firing several shots at close range into his back. Blake’s father, also named Jacob Blake, told ABC News that he was told his son is paralysed from the waist down after being shot eight times.

Fred VanVleet of the Toronto Raptors
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Raptors guard Fred VanVleet says the players can apply ‘pressure’ with a boycott

“We’re the ones always with the microphones in our face,” VanVleet said.

“We’re the ones always who have to make a stand. But, like, we’re the oppressed ones, and the responsibility falls on us to make a change to stop being oppressed, you know what I’m saying?

“Do we actually give an (expletive) about what’s going on, or is it just cool to wear ‘Black Lives Matter’ on the backdrop, or wear a T-shirt? Like, what does that really mean? Is it really doing anything?”

Game 1 of the Raptors-Celtics Eastern Conference semi-finals is scheduled to tip off Thursday night in Orlando.



RAPTORS BLOG: The legend of Fred VanVleet continues to grow — Toronto Sun

The legend of Fred VanVleet continues to grow. His struggles at points of last year’s playoffs seem a long, long time ago now. Read More

RAPTORS BLOG: The legend of Fred VanVleet continues to grow — Toronto Sun

The legend of Fred VanVleet continues to grow. His struggles at points of last year’s playoffs seem a long, long time ago now.

– VanVleet is now shooting 42.6% on three-pointers in the playoffs since the start of last year’s run. Incredibly, that includes his low point, 1-for-14 struggles from beyond the arc in the seven game series against Philadelphia.

RAPTORS BLOG: The legend of Fred VanVleet continues to grow

– How scorching is VanVleet right now? Only Stephen Curry and Paul George had hit more threes over the first two games of a playoff series over the last 10 years and VanVleet nailed six more in Game 3.

.@FredVanVleet is just ridiculous pic.twitter.com/MDyUyV1Sru— Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) August 21, 2020

– Minnesota and the Los Angeles Clippers are now the only NBA franchises to never go up 3-0. Toronto also improved to 10-10 all-time in the third game of a playoff series.

– Serge Ibaka had his second 13-rebound game off the bench for the Raptors in the playoffs. Only Bismack Biyombo (16) has grabbed more without starting. Ibaka also had his third 20-point or more game off the bench with the Raptors, more than any other player (VanVleet has done it twice).

Ibaka had his fourth playoff double-double as a Raptor, tying Charles Oakley and moving one behind Chris Bosh. Jonas Valanciunas had 17 for the franchise lead.

Chef is feasting – 18p / 12r pic.twitter.com/OXofWcdVqh— Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) August 21, 2020

– You have to feel for interim Nets head coach Jacque Vaughn who has done what he can with such an undermanned lineup. Brooklyn lost Joe Harris, adding to the long list of unavailable talent, and looked completely overmatched by the deep Raptors in the third game of the series.

– Brooklyn didn’t even manage to score on two straight possessions until nearly midway through the second quarter. And just when the Nets seemed to have some life — like their late in the half three-pointer — VanVleet had to completely take the wind out of their sales by banking in a ridiculous heave to end the half.

“Overall, when you don’t have all the components of your card, it puts stress on different parts,” Vaughn said.

“It put extra stress on individuals to make plays that they might not have had to make if Joe (Harris) was here.”

– Credit too to Nets big man Jarrett Allen who worked his butt off all game despite not getting to see much of the ball on offence. Allen only took two shots all game (leading to four free throw attempts), but still chased down 17 rebounds. Only Giannis Antetkounmpo, Dwight Howard (three times), Ben Wallace, Marcus Camby and Draymond Green have had more rebounds against the Raptors in the post-season. Each of those guys attempted at least 10 shots in their big rebounding games.

“They pack the paint. They force you to kick it out to guys,” Nets guard Tyler Johnson said of Toronto’s elite protect the paint defence. “They’re usually bringing three or four guys into the paint. We got into a timeout in the third quarter and I looked at J.A. (Jarrett Allen)and told him how unselfish he was being throughout the entire game because a guy of his caliber could easily be frustrated and angry and be more demonstrative about not getting field goal attempts, but the guy continued to screen, continued to get guys open, continued to get offensive boards. You know, you can find yourself just going up and taking shots off of those, (but) he continued to kick it out, continued to make the right basketball play,” Johnson said.

Allen is a very good young player and it’s going to be a shame when politics put him on the bench so that Kevin Durant/Kyrie Irving pal DeAndre Jordan, who is no longer close to the player Allen is, gets to be the guy in the middle.

Lowry could have been given a star for his strong outing, just as Ibaka could have gotten one last game. We’re evening things up by going Ibaka for this one.

THREE STARS

1 — Fred VanVleet

2 — Pascal Siakam

3 — Serge Ibaka

Raptors revel in Fred VanVleet’s backcourt shot, Game 3 win over Nets — ProBasketballTalk | NBC Sports

After Fred VanVleet rained 3-pointers – including multiple DEEP 3s – on the Nets in Game 1, Brooklyn coach Jacque Vaughn was asked about defending the Raptors guard like Damian Lillard.

Raptors revel in Fred VanVleet’s backcourt shot, Game 3 win over Nets — ProBasketballTalk | NBC Sports

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After Fred VanVleet rained 3-pointers – including multiple DEEP 3s – on the Nets in Game 1, Brooklyn coach Jacque Vaughn was asked about defending the Raptors guard like Damian Lillard.

“Historically and analytically, VanFleet [sic] hasn’t made those shots at the clip that he made them at,” Vaughn said. “So, it’s a little different with Lillard, and he’s proven he can do that time and time again from deep range.”

There’s something to playing the odds.

But VanVleet – who has risen from undrafted to near-star – keeps beating the odds. VanVleet sunk a backcourt shot to end the first half today.

Time to at least learn his name.

And remember the Raptors’.

The defending champions beat the Nets 117-92 Game 3 Friday. Toronto now leads the first-round series, 3-0.

All 136 teams that took a 3-0 lead in a best-of-seven series won it. Up 3-0 for the first time in franchise history, the Raptors will look to eliminate Brooklyn in Game 4 Sunday.

After an ugly Game 2 win, Toronto enjoyed cruising to this victory. So many players contributed.

Pascal Siakam (26 points, eight rebounds and five assists) played his excellent all-around game. VanVleet (22 points on 6-of-10 3-point shooting with with five assists) showed his typical steadiness. Kyle Lowry (11 points, 10 rebounds, seven assists and three steals) made his usual subtle mark on the gameSerge Ibaka (20 points and 13 rebounds) brought his productivity off the bench.

Without Kawhi Leonard, the Raptors might not have the same upside as last season. But they have found a winning formula and repeatedly execute it.

Especially against the decimated Nets.

Tyler Johnson (23 points on 5-of-9 3-point shooting) got hot. But Brooklyn couldn’t get much going. Too often overlookedJarrett Allen didn’t even attempt a single shot. He’s a play finisher at the rim, so his lack of offensive involvement reveals bigger problems.

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NBA Playoffs Preview: Nets vs Raptors – Defending champs look to extend lead — Mo and Sports

Already down two games in what could be a very brief postseason this summer, the Brooklyn Nets look to halve their playoff deficit when they take to the floor on Friday for Game 3 against a motivated Toronto Raptors side. Can they keep the ball out of an in-form Fred VanVleet’s hands and make it […]

NBA Playoffs Preview: Nets vs Raptors – Defending champs look to extend lead — Mo and Sports