RAPTORS AT JAZZ PREGAME NOTES: Marc Gasol (injury management, hamstring) listed as out; Fred VanVleet (shoulder) listed as out.

INJURY REPORT AT 5:30 P.M. MONDAY

Toronto Raptors : Brissett, Oshae Out G League – Two-Way
Gasol, Marc Out Injury/Illness – Left Hamstring; Tightness – Injury management
Hernandez, Dewan Out Injury/Illness – Right Ankle; Sprain
VanVleet, Fred Out Injury/Illness – Left Shoulder; Soreness
Watson, Paul Out G League – Two-Way
Utah Jazz : Brantley, Jarrell Out G League – Two-Way
Morgan, Juwan Available G League – On Assignment
Tucker, Rayjon Available G League – On Assignment
Williams-Goss, Nigel Out Injury/Illness – Left Quad; Contusion
Wright-Foreman, Justin Out G League – Two-Way

RAPTORS NOTES
• The Toronto Raptors complete a five-game Western Conference road trip (Mar. 1-9) Monday night when they visit the Utah Jazz at Vivint Smart Home Arena. The Raptors have won three in a row vs. Utah. With a victory Monday, Toronto would sweep the season-series with the Jazz for the fifth time in the last seven seasons. Since the start of the 2013-14 season, the Raptors are 11-2 against Utah.
• In the first meeting this season (Dec. 1), Pascal Siakam scored 35 points, Fred VanVleet had 21 points and 11 assists, and the Raptors used a record-setting first half to beat the Jazz 130-110. Toronto led 77-37
at the intermission, the biggest halftime lead in franchise history, the biggest in the NBA this season, and tied for the eighth largest in league history. It also marked the biggest halftime deficit in Jazz history.
Norman Powell scored a game-high 31 points Mar. 8 at Sacramento. Powell has now scored 30+ points in consecutive games (Mar. 5-8) for the first time in his career, including a career-high 37 points Thursday
at Golden State. He is averaging 37.0 points and is shooting .571 (24-42) from the field, including 50 percent (10-20) from three-point range, over the last two games. Three of Powell’s four career 30-point outings have come this season.
• Toronto is currently 9-3 on the road vs. the Western Conference. The Raptors are the only Eastern Conference team to finish with a +.500 record on the road against the west in each of the last five seasons (2015-20). Since the start of the 2015-16 campaign, Toronto is 44-28 (.611) when facing a Western Conference
opponent away from Scotiabank Arena.
Pascal Siakam is averaging career highs of 23.6 points and 7.5 rebounds through 52 games played this season. Only two players in Raptors history have finished a season averaging at least 23.0 points and 7.0 rebounds: Chris Bosh in 2009–10 (24.0, 10.8) and Kawhi Leonard in 2018–19 (26.6, 7.3).
OG Anunoby finished 12 points and two rebounds Sunday at Sacramento. Anunoby has now scored in double figures in a career-high six straight games (Feb. 25 – Mar. 8). He is averaging 16.0 points and is
shooting .565 (35-62) from the floor, including 52 per cent (13-25) from three-point distance, during this
span. Anunoby scored a career-best 32 points Mar. 1 at Denver.
Norman Powell and Kyle Lowry scored 31 and 30 points, respectively, Sunday vs. the Kings. The duo became just the fifth starting backcourt to each score 30 points in a game for Toronto, joining Lowry and DeMar DeRozan (four times), Mike James and Morris Peterson (twice), Vince Carter and Jalen Rose
(once) and DeRozan and Cory Joseph (once). Over the last five games (Feb. 28 – Mar. 8), Lowry and Powell have combined to average 52.4 points.
• The Raptors have not lost games on consecutive days since Dec. 26–27, 2017 (at Dallas and Oklahoma City). Toronto has played 30 pairs of games on back-to-back days since then (not including the current back-to-back set), sweeping both games 12 times and splitting 18 times.
• Toronto’s starting lineup combined for 111 points Sunday against Sacramento. The Raptors starting five shot .544 (37-68) from the field, including .459 (17-37) from beyond the arc.


PROBABLE STARTERS
F – OG ANUNOBY #3

MIN: 30.1 REB: 5.4 AST: 1.6 STL: 1.4 TO: 1.2 BLK: 0.7 PTS: 10.8

• Contributed 12 points, two rebounds and one steal in 39 minutes Mar. 8 at Sacramento.
• Toronto is 25-7 this season when Anunoby scores 10 or more points.
• Shooting .520 (13-for-25) from three-point range over the last six games (Feb. 25 – Mar. 8).


F – PASCAL SIAKAM #43

MIN: 35.5 REB: 7.5 AST: 3.5 STL: 1.0 TO: 2.4 BLK: 0.9 PTS: 23.6


• Finished with 23 points, eight rebounds, five assists and three steals in 38 minutes Mar. 8 at Sacramento.
• Ranks 15th in the NBA in scoring (23.6); averaging 26.0 points against the West Conference this season.
• Has scored 30+ points 15 times; had five 30-point performances in 80 games played last season.


C – SERGE IBAKA #9

MIN: 27.4 REB: 8.2 AST: 1.4 STL: 0.5 TO: 2.0 BLK: 0.9 PTS: 15.8


• Recorded 15 points, a team-high 10 rebounds, five assists and two blocks in 36 minutes Mar. 8 at Sacramento.
• Averaging 17.9 points, 9.0 rebounds and 31.3 minutes in 26 games as a starter this season.
• Is the only player in NBA history with 500+ three-point field goals and 1,500+ blocks.


G – NORMAN POWELL #24

MIN: 29.5 REB: 3.7 AST: 1.8 STL: 1.3 TO: 1.5 BLK: 0.4 PTS: 16.8


• Led all scorers with 31 points Mar. 8 at Sacramento; added five assists and two rebounds in 43 minutes.
• Averaging 19.7 points, 3.6 rebounds and 33.3 minutes in 22 start this season.
• Has scored 20 or more points in five straight games (Feb. 28 – Mar. 8); averaging 28.0 points during this stretch.


G – KYLE LOWRY #7

MIN: 36.4 REB: 4.8 AST: 7.7 STL: 1.3 TO: 3.0 BLK: 0.4 PTS: 19.7


• Totaled 30 points, a game-high eight assists, five rebounds and three steals in 36 minutes Mar. 8 at Sacramento.
• Ranks seventh in the NBA in assists per game (7.7); has dished out 10+ assists 14 times.
• Has scored 20+ points in four of the last five games (Feb. 28 – Mar. 8); averaging 24.4 points during this span.

TONIGHT’S GAME DETAILS Opponent: Utah Jazz Date: Monday, March 9 Tip-Off: 9 p.m. (ET) Venue: Vivint Smart Home Arena Television: TSN Radio: Sportsnet 590 The FAN

SERIES RECAP VS. UTAH

OVERALL HOME ROAD 2019-20 1-0 1-0 0-0 ALL-TIME 19-27 10-13 9-14 STREAKS Won 3 Won 2 Won 3

LAST WIN: December 1, 2019 (130-110)

LAST ROAD WIN: November 5, 2018 (124-111)

LARGEST MARGIN OF VICTORY: +24, November 9, 2013

LARGEST MARGIN OF DEFEAT: -32, December 7, 2012

LAST TIME VS. UTAH

GAME 19 – DECEMBER 1, 2019 TORONTO 130, UTAH 110

TORONTO — The Utah Jazz scored nine points in the first four minutes of the game … The Toronto Raptors scored 72 points over the next 20 … Pascal Siakam had 35 points, Fred VanVleet had 21 points and 11 assists, and the Raptors beat the Utah Jazz 130-110 with an historic first half … The Raptors led 77-37 through two quarters — the biggest halftime lead in Raptors history, and the largest in the league this season … It’s also tied for the eighth biggest halftime lead in NBA history, and the largest deficit at the break ever for Utah … The Raptors stretched their season-high winning streak to seven games … Norman Powell scored 15 points, Serge Ibaka had 13 in his first game since missing 10 with an ankle injury, Terence Davis had 13, Marc Gasol scored all 11 of his points in the first quarter, and OG Anunoby and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson had 10 apiece … Mike Conley had 20 points to lead Utah … Toronto took off on a 23-2 run in the first quarter … Utah found its form in the third quarter, shooting 60 per cent and paring Toronto’s lead briefly to 16 … Toronto held Utah to 5-for-25 shooting in the second quarter … The Jazz hit 16 of their first 19 shots in the third … Utah outscored Toronto 49-30 in third, and Toronto took a 107-86 advantage into the fourth.

1 2 3 4 TOT

UTAH 20 17 49 24 110

TORONTO 37 40 30 23 130

UTAH LAST GAME’S STARTERS (19-20 Averages)

44 BOJAN BOGDANOVIĆ F • 6-8 • 226 • Croatia PPG • 20.5 RPG • 4.2 APG • 2.1 • Posted career-highs in points (18.0), rebounds (4.1), assists (2.0), steals (0.9), field goal percentage (.497) and 3-point percentage (.425) last season with the Indiana Pacers • Ranked 38th in field goal percentage and 10th in 3-point percentage in the league last year

23 ROYCE O’NEALE F • 6-4 • 222 • Baylor PPG • 6.1 RPG • 5.3 APG • 2.6 • Has played internationally in Spain and Germany • Was born in Harker Heights, Texas • Third on the team in field goal percentage in 2018-19 (.475) (min. 200 attempts)

27 RUDY GOBERT C • 7-1 • 258 • Cholet Basket PPG • 15.2 RPG • 13.9 BPG • 2.0 • Two-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year (2018, 2019) • 2016-17 All-NBA Second Team and 2018-19 All-NBA Third Team • First player since Wilt Chamberlain (1966-67) to total over 1,200 points on better than 65 percent shooting and 1,000 rebounds in a single season (2018-19)

45 DONOVAN MITCHELL G • 6-1 • 220 • Louisville PPG • 24.4 RPG • 4.4 APG • 4.3 • Led all NBA sophomores in scoring in 2018-19 (23.8 ppg) • Two-time Western Conference Player of the Week (1/6-1/13 & 2/25-3/3) • Tied career-high scoring 46 points against New Orleans on 1/16/20

10 MIKE CONLEY G • 6-0 • 180 • Ohio State PPG • 13.9 RPG • 3.2 APG • 4.3 • Currently one of only 10 active players to have totaled over 11,000 points, 4,500 assists, 2,000 rebounds and 1,000 steals. • Named to the 2012-13 All-NBA Defensive Second Team. • Named 2019 Twyman-Stokes teammate of the year.
2019.

NOTES

DONOVAN FROM DEEP Donovan Mitchell has now made 528 three-point field goals in his career. He is fourth all time in the NBA in three pointers made in the first three seasons of his career, trailing Buddy Hield (602), Damian Lillard (599) and Klay Thompson (545).

BOGEY’S EFFICIENCY Bojan Bogdanović is currently one of two players in the NBA averaging over 20 points per game while shooting at least 40 percent from the field and 90 percent from the free throw line, joining the Bucks Khris Middleton.

ROAD DOMINANCE The Jazz this season have put together two road winning streaks of at least six games, the first coming 12/28/19 through 1/14/20 (six games), and the second being the current road win streak beginning on 2/9/20 (currently at six games). Per the Elias Sports Bureau, it’s the first time the Jazz have put together two separate road winning streaks of at least six games since the 1994-1995 season.

LAST 5 PLAYERS TO TOTAL 4,500+ PTS, 800+ REBS AND 800+ ASTS WITHIN THEIR FIRST 200 NBA GAMES # PLAYER GP PTS REBS ASTS 1 Donovan Mitchell 200 4,530 802 800 2 LeBron James 200 5,097 1,298 1,299 3 Dwyane Wade 200 4,564 1,005 1,212 4 Allen Iverson 200 4,699 827 1,272 5 Michael Jordan 200 6,351 1,120 1,030
FASTEST ACTIVE PLAYERS TO 1,000 BLOCKS Rank Player Games 1 Serge Ibaka 383 2 Anthony Davis 414 3 Rudy Gobert 462
MOST 20+ PT GAMES THROUGH FIRST 200 GAMES WITH JAZZ # PLAYER GP # 1 Donovan Mitchell 200 134 2 Darrell Griffith 200 121 3 Karl Malone 200 102 4 Deron Williams 200 49 5 Rodney Hood 200 33
MOST 30+ PT GAMES THROUGH FIRST 200 GAMES WITH JAZZ # PLAYER GP # 1 Donovan Mitchell 200 36 2 Darrell Griffith 200 26 3 Karl Malone 200 21 4 Deron Williams 200 7 5 Carlos Boozer 200 3
MOST PTS THROUGH FIRST 200 GAMES WITH JAZZ # PLAYER GP PTS 1 Donovan Mitchell 200 4,530 2 Darrell Griffith 200 4,172 3 Karl Malone 200 3,930 4 Deron Williams 200 2,939 5 Rodney Hood 200 2,518


THREE-POINTERS MADE IN FIRST THREE SEASONS # PLAYER 3PM 1 Buddy Hield 602 2 Damian Lillard 599 3 Klay Thompson 545 4 Donovan Mitchell 528 5 Kyle Korver 491


RUDY’S ALL-AROUND GAME Rudy Gobert is currently the only player in the NBA to be averaging a point-rebound double-double while also shooting greater than 65 percent from the field.

JAZZ JUMP SHOTS The Utah Jazz lead the NBA in three-point percentage (tied with Miami), shooting 38.3 percent from deep this season. The Jazz are also third in the NBA in field goal percentage at 47.6 percent.

46 FOR 45 On 1/16/20 against the New Orleans Pelicans, Donovan Mitchell poured in 46 points on 16 made field goals, including seven three-pointers. The 46 points ties a career-high for Mitchell, which he also scored last season against Milwaukee on 3/2/19.

BEATING THE BUZZER On 2/10 against the Houston, Bojan Bogdanovic buried a three-pointer at the buzzer to give the Jazz a 114-113 win over Houston. There have been four buzzer beaters this season, with Bogdanovic hitting two of them. Bojan also helped Jazz defeated the Milwaukee Bucks on 11/8 thanks to a heroic three-pointer at the buzzer, giving him 33 points on the evening.

SUPER SECOND ROUNDER Bojan Bogdanović is currently posting 20.5 points per contest, which makes him tied for the second leading scorer in the league for all active players drafted in the second round just behind Spencer Dinwiddie (20.7).

COLORADO CLARKSON On 1/30/20 against the Denver Nuggets, Jordan Clarkson scored made 13 field goals, including seven made three-pointers, on his way to 37 points. This was a season high in scoring for Clarkson and the second highest scoring game off the bench in the NBA this year, trailing only a 42-point effort from Buddy Hield.

4K MITCHELL After putting in 22 points against Memphis on 12/7, Donovan Mitchell eclipsed the 4,000-point mark in his 179th career game. He becomes just the fourth Jazzman to record at least 4,000 points in less than 200 games, joining Adrian Dantley (135 games), Pete Maravich (165 games) and Darrell Griffith (194 games).

RESILIENT JAZZ By completing a comeback victory over the Wizards on 2/28, the Jazz recorded their 14th win of the season after trailing at halftime. This is the second most wins when trailing at half this year behind only the Denver Nuggets (16).

BIG MAN BUCKETS Rudy Gobert is second the NBA in field goal percentage this season, shooting 70.1 percent from the field. This mark is the highest shooting percentage of Gobert’s career.

30-POINT DUO During the 109-102 win against the Orlando Magic on 12/17, Donovan Mitchell and Bojan Bogdanović became the first Jazz duo to each tally 30-point games in a single contest since Carlos Boozer and Deron Williams did so against the Los Angeles Clippers on March 28, 2008.

FRENCHMEN CAN DUNK Rudy Gobert leads the NBA in dunks this season with 205. Giannis Antetokounmpo (174), Mitchell Robinson (172), Jarrett Allen (160) and Anthony Davis (142) round out the top five in dunks.

2019-20 NBA THREE POINT PERCENTAGE LEADERS # TEAM % T-1 Utah Jazz 0.383 T-1 Miami Heat 0.383 3 New Orleans Pelicans 0.373 T-4 Washington Wizards 0.371 T-4 Toronto Raptors 0.371
2ND ROUNDERS PPG PLAYER PPG 1 Khris Middleton 20.7 T-2 Spencer Dinwiddie 20.5 T-2 Bojan Bogdanovic 20.5 T-2 Nikola Jokic 20.5
FASTEST JAZZMEN TO 4,000 POINTS PLAYER GP 1 Adrian Dantley 135 2 Pete Maravich 165 3 Donovan Mitchell 179 4 Darrell Griffith 194
2019-20 NBA FIELD GOAL PERCENTAGE PLAYER FG% 1 Mitchell Robinson 0.734 2 Rudy Gobert 0.701 3 Jarrett Allen 0.645 4 Clint Capela 0.629 5 Brandon Clarke 0.623
2019-20 NBA DUNK LEADERS PLAYER DUNKS 1 Rudy Gobert 205 2 Giannis Antetokounmpo 174 3 Mitchell Robinson 172 4 Jarrett Allen 160 5



Full health is once again within sight for Raptors — Toronto Sun

SAN FRANCISCO — Nick Nurse is hopeful. He says there is a chance both Fred VanVleet and Marc Gasol could return to the lineup as early as today in Sacramento. If both somehow do make it back at the same time, it would mark just the third game all season that the Raptors have had […]

Full health is once again within sight for Raptors — Toronto Sun..

RAPTORS AT WARRIORS: Curry set to return for Golden State; Ibaka probable, VanVleet, Gasol doubtful for Toronto.

IN JURY REPORT 8:30 P.M. THURSDAY

Golden State Warriors Bowman, Ky Out Injury/Illness – Right Ankle; Sprain
Green, Draymond Out Injury/Illness – Left Knee; Soreness
Looney, Kevon Out Injury/Illness – Left Hip; Soreness
Smailagic, Alen Out Injury/Illness – Right Quadriceps; Contusion
Thompson, Klay Out Injury/Illness – Left Acl; Rehabilitation
Toronto Raptors Brissett, Oshae Out G League – Two-Way
Gasol, Marc Doubtful Injury/Illness – Left Hamstring; Tightness
Hernandez, Dewan Out Injury/Illness – Right Ankle; Sprain
Ibaka, Serge Probable Injury/Illness – Right Knee; Soreness
VanVleet, Fred Doubtful Injury/Illness – Left Shoulder; Soreness
Watson, Paul Out G League – Two-Way

INJURY REPORT 5:30 P.M. THURSDAY

Golden State Warriors Bowman, Ky Out Injury/Illness – Right Ankle; Sprain
Game Date Game Time Matchup Team Player Name Current Status Reason
Green, Draymond Questionable Injury/Illness – Left Knee; Soreness
Looney, Kevon Out Injury/Illness – Left Hip; Soreness
Smailagic, Alen Out Injury/Illness – Right Quadriceps; Contusion
Thompson, Klay Out Injury/Illness – Left Acl; Rehabilitation
Toronto Raptors Brissett, Oshae Out G League – Two-Way
Gasol, Marc Questionable Injury/Illness – Left Hamstring; Tightness
Hernandez, Dewan Out Injury/Illness – Right Ankle; Sprain
Ibaka, Serge Questionable Injury/Illness – Right Knee; Soreness
VanVleet, Fred Questionable Injury/Illness – Left Shoulder; Soreness
Watson, Paul Out G League – Two-Way

Stephen Curry will return to the Golden State Warriors lineup Thursday night against the NBA champion Toronto Raptors — a rematch of last season’s final — and he expects to be limited to between 24-28 minutes

He has missed 58 games since suffering a broken bone in his left hand against the Phoenix Suns on Oct. 30. The hand required two surgeries.

“It feels like the first day of school all over again, which is exciting,” Curry told reporters in San Francisco at the Warriors shootaround.said. “I feel pretty comfortable and pretty confident with where I’m at physically. I’m excited to get back out there.” 

The anticipation ahead of Curry’s return is palpable. After shootaround at the Chase Center.

Meanwhile, the Raptors listed three players as questionable for the game — Marc Gasol (hamstring), Serge Ibaka (knee) and Fred VanVleet (shoulder). Gasol has missed 14 games and Ibaka and VanVleet three each. Ibaka and VanVleet indicated before Tuesday’s win over the Phoenix Suns that they hoped to play Thursday, the third of a five-game Western Conference road trip.

Warriors coach Steve Kerr said he intends to play Curry in in five- or six-minute bursts while keeping his minute total about 25 on Thursday. 

Curry will be trying to end a career-long losing streak at home. When the Warriors lost to the Suns on Oct. 30 after Curry left with a broken hand, it marked the fifth straight loss at home for the Warriors with Curry was in the lineup. The previous worst had been four consecutive losses with the All-Star guard in the lineup.  

Curry and the Warriors dropped three consecutive  home games at Oracle in the NBA Finals against the Raptors in June, including a 114-110 defeat in Toronto’s title-clinching Game 6 win on June 13. And then the Warriors dropped both of their games at Chase Center with Curry playing in  October.  

Both teams are coming off victories on Tuesday. The Warriors startled the Nuggets 116-100 at Denver for only their 14th win this season. Toronto won 123-114 at Phoenix. 

According to STATS:

  1. Five Raptors (Pascal Siakam, Kyle Lowry, Fred VanVleet, Serge Ibaka, Norman Powell) are averaging at least 15.0 points this season, making Toronto the only team with five players doing so (min. 40 games).
  2. Golden State has won two of its last three games, allowing 100 points or fewer in each of the two wins. In their first 59 games this season, the Warriors only held opponents to 100 points or fewer 10 times.
  3. Pascal Siakam scored 33 points on 12-of-20 (.600) shooting in Toronto’s Tuesday win over Phoenix. Siakam is averaging 25.2 points with a 48.9 FG% versus teams below .500 compared to 21.2 points with a 41.2 FG% versus teams at .500 or above.
  4. Steph Curry will return tonight after missing Golden State’s previous 58 games. Since 2014-15, the Warriors are 297-65 (.820) when Curry plays versus 39-71 (.355) in the games he has missed.
  5. Toronto ranks fourth in the NBA in three-point percentage at 37.2. This is on pace to be Golden State’s first season ranking outside of the top five since 2008-09, the season prior to Steph Curry’s rookie campaign.
https://nytimes.stats.com/nba/preview.asp?g=2020030509&home=9&vis=28

Raptors will let Gasol heal up but he has ‘slight’ hamstring issue — Toronto Sun

CLEVELAND — No team can easily withstand the loss of its starting centre, but Toronto is more equipped than most to do so. Read More

Raptors will let Gasol heal up but he has ‘slight’ hamstring issue — Toronto Sun

Gulp! Raptors lose Siakam, Gasol and Powell indefinitely to injuries — Toronto Sun

DETROIT — We can now say for sure that Wednesday’s trip to Detroit was an abject disaster for the Raptors, despite the victory. “It’s too bad. A win with a heavy price, to be honest,” Raptors head coach Nick Nurse had said afterward, and now we know just how heavy. The fact that Marc Gasol […]

Gulp! Raptors lose Siakam, Gasol and Powell indefinitely to injuries — Toronto Sun

WIZARDS AT RAPTORS NOTES: SIAKAM, GASOL, POWELL OUT INDEFINITELY FOR TORONT0

INJURY REPORTS AT 1:30 P.M. FRIDAY

Toronto Raptors Gasol, Marc Out Injury/Illness – Left Hamstring; Strain Johnson, Stanley Out Injury/Illness – Left Groin; Stress reaction Ponds, Shamorie Out G League – Two-Way Powell, Norman Out Injury/Illness – Left Shoulder; Subluxation Siakam, Pascal Out Injury/Illness – Groin; Stretch Thomas, Matt Out Injury/Illness – Left Finger; Middle; fracture – distal phalanx VanVleet, Fred Questionable Injury/Illness – Right Knee; Contusion

Washington Wizards Bryant, Thomas Out Injury/Illness – Right Foot; Right foot stress reaction Hachimura, Rui Out Injury/Illness – Groin; Groin injury McRae, Jordan Out Injury/Illness – Right Ring Finger; Right ring finger surgery Miles, CJ Out Injury/Illness – Left Wrist; Left Wrist Surgery Robinson, Justin Out G League – On Assignment Wagner, Moritz Out Injury/Illness – Left Ankle; Sprained left ankle Wall, John Out Injury/Illness – Left Achilles; Left Achilles rehab

RAPTORS NOTES

• The Toronto Raptors host the Washington Wizards on Friday night at Scotiabank Arena. The Raptors swept the season-series (4-0) with Washington in 2018-19 for the third time in the last five seasons. Since 2014-15, Toronto is 15-3 vs. the Wizards during the regular-season. The Raptors have won three in a row over Washington at home. Kyle Lowry averaged 17.3 points, 11.3 assists and 3.8 rebounds in four games against the Wizards last season.

• The Raptors currently ranks second in the NBA averaging 10.0 steals in December (nine games), behind only Chicago (10.4). Norman Powell leads the team with 17 steals this month. Toronto has now finished with more steals than its opponent in each of the last 10 games (Nov. 29 – Dec. 18). It’s the longest streak in the NBA team this season and is the second-longest such stretch in Raptors history. Toronto had more steals than its opponent in 11 consecutive games in 2007–08.

Kyle Lowry recorded his first triple-double of the season, and 13th in a Raptors uniform, with 20 points, 10 assists and 10 rebounds in 39 minutes Dec. 18 at Detroit. Lowry’s 13 triple-doubles are now one more than all other Raptors combined. The last player to record a triple-double for Toronto other than Lowry was Jose Calderon on Dec. 16, 2012 vs. Houston. The Raptors have won the last 10 regular-season games in which Lowry has tallied at least 20 points and 10 assists in the same game.

• Toronto outscored Detroit 15-10 on the fast-break Wednesday night and currently sit second in the NBA in fast-break points per game (19.3), trailing only Milwaukee (19.5). Pascal Siakam and Norman Powell are both among the NBA leaders in fast-break points this season. TOP-FIVE: Giannis Antetokounmpo (177), Lebron James (142), Siakam (123), Ben Simmons (107) and Powell (106).

Pascal Siakam recorded a team-high 26 points, five rebounds and tied a career high with four blocks Dec. 18 at Detroit. Siakam has now scored 20+ points in a career-long five straight games (Dec. 9-18). He is averaging 27.0 points, while shooting .500 (17-for-34) from three-point range during this stretch.

Serge Ibaka scored a season-high 25 points and led the Raptors with 13 rebounds in 31 minutes off the bench Wednesday night at Detroit. The last time Ibaka had 25+ points and 13+ rebounds in the same game was Nov. 14, 2013 at Golden State when he was a member of the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Patrick McCaw has played at least 20 minutes in three straight games for the first time since March 2018, when he had a streak of five consecutive games with 20 or more minutes with the Golden State Warriors.

• December is Toronto’s busiest month of the season with 16 games and includes three back-to-back sets. The Raptors’ 11 games at Scotiabank Arena tie the franchise record for most home games in a calendar month . Toronto also played 11 games at home in March 2016. For the first time the Raptors will play at home Christmas Day when they host the Boston Celtics.

Pascal Siakam is one of five players in the NBA averaging 24.0+ points, 8.0+ rebounds and 3.0+ assists this season, along with Giannis Antetokounmpo, Anthony Davis, Luka Doncic and Karl-Anthony Towns. No Raptor has ever averaged 24.0 points, 8.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists throughout an entire season.

POSSIBLE STARTERS

F – OG ANUNOBY #3

MIN: 29.9 REB: 5.7 AST: 1.7 STL: 1.2 TO: 1.2 BLK: 0.9 PTS: 11.3

• Finished with 19 points, eight rebounds and three assists in 35 minutes Dec. 18 at Detroit. • Toronto is 13-2 this season when Anunoby scores 10 or more points (Last: 19 – Dec. 18 at Detroit). • Shooting .619 (13-for-21) from the field over the last two games (Dec. 16-18).

F – CHRIS BOUCHER #25

MIN: 11.4 REB: 3.9 AST: 0.5 STL: 0.3 TO: 0.3 BLK: 0.7 PTS: 5.1

• Tallied two points and one rebound in six minutes Dec. 18 at Detroit. • Has scored in double figures off the bench six times this season and posted three double-doubles. • Named NBA G League Most Valuable Player and NBA G League Defensive Player of the Year in 2018-19.

C – SERGE IBAKA #9

MIN: 22.4 REB: 7.4 AST: 1.3 STL: 0.5 TO: 1.9 BLK: 0.9 PTS: 13.1

• Contributed a season-high 25 points and grabbed 13 rebounds in 31 minutes off the bench Dec. 18 at Detroit. • Has led the reserves in scoring a team-high 13 times, including each of the last three games (Dec. 14-18). • Averaged 16.4 points, 8.4 rebounds and 29.5 minutes in 51 starts last season for Toronto.

G – PATRICK McCAW #22

MIN: 21.2 REB: 2.0 AST: 1.7 STL: 0.7 TO: 1.2 BLK: 0.0 PTS: 3.0

• Totaled two points, three rebounds, and two assists in 27 minutes as a reserve Dec. 18 at Detroit. • Missed 17 games (Nov. 6 – Dec. 9) earlier this year following arthroscopic surgery on his left knee. • Averaging 6.8 points, 2.4 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 24.8 minutes in 31 career games as a starter.

G – KYLE LOWRY #7

MIN: 37.4 REB: 5.0 AST: 7.3 STL: 1.3 TO: 2.9 BLK: 0.4 PTS: 19.1

• Recorded a triple-double with 20 points, 10 assists, and 10 rebounds in 39 minutes Dec. 18 at Detroit. • Passed Antonio Davis (110) for third on the Raptors’ all-time double-doubles list against the Pistons. • Averaging 16.4 points and 8.0 assists in eight games (Dec. 3-18) since returning from a left thumb injury.

INJURY REPORT Marc Gasol (Left hamstring; strain) – Out Stanley Johnson (Left groin; stress reaction) – Out Norman Powell (Left shoulder; subluxation ) – Out Pascal Siakam (Groin; stretch) – Out Matt Thomas (Left middle finger; distal phalanx fracture) – Out Fred VanVleet (right knee contusion) – Que

RAPTORS INJURY UPDATES

The Raptors provided the following injury updates on Thursday:

  • Marc Gasol sustained a strained left hamstring in the first quarter of play Wednesday, Dec. 18 at Detroit. He was reevaluated on Thursday and it was determined he will be out indefinitely.
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  • With 6:47 to play in the fourth quarter, Pascal Siakam sustained a stretched groin after an awkward landing. He was evaluated Thursday and will be listed as out indefinitely.
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  • Norman Powell left the same game with 3:17 to play in the fourth quarter after a collision with another player. After testing in Toronto on Thursday, it was determined he had sustained a subluxation of the left shoulder. He will also be out indefinitely.

All three players will be reevaluated over the coming weeks and their conditions updated as necessary.

-RAPTORS-

WIZARDS PROBABLE STARTERS

WIZARDS NOTES

ISAAC BONGA

• Tied a career high with six rebounds on 12/18 vs. CHI • Tied career highs in points, rebounds and steals on 12/16 at DET

• Has improved in every statistical category this season over his rookie campaign.

DAVIS BERTANS

• Became the fifth-fastest player in NBA history to 100 3-pointers (26 games) • Is the fastest Wizard to 100 3-pointers, breaking Gilbert Arenas’ previous record of 31 games

• Ranks second in the NBA with three games of seven or more makes from behind the arc.

IAN MAHINMI

• Has multiple blocked shots in three of his last five games • On 12/14 at MEM, made his first start since 10/30/18

BRADLEY BEAL • On 12/18 vs. CHI, recorded his 50th game of 20/5/5 in the last three seasons • Has 16 games with 20+ points and five-plus assists, the second-highest total in the Eastern Conference • One of four players this season with multiple 35-point, 10-assist games • No. 5 in the NBA with 27.6 ppg .

ISAIAH THOMAS

• Returned to the starting lineup on 12/16 at DET after missing four games with a calf injury; put up 23 points and knocked down five shots from deep • Hit the 3,000th field goal of his career on 12/16 at DET.


STARTERS AVERAGES VS. TORONTO RAPTORS

Bonga: N/A career / N/A (18-19)

Bertans: 8.4 pts, 2.2 reb, 1.0 ast (career) / 10.5 pts, 3.5 reb, 0.5 ast (18-19) Mahinmi: 4.7 pts, 4.0 reb, 0.6 ast (career) / 3.0 pts, 3.5 reb, 1.0 ast (18-19)

Beal: 23.4 pts, 4.7 reb, 4.9 ast (career) / 30.8 pts, 5.0 reb, 9.5 ast (18-19) Thomas: 20.1 pts, 2.3 reb, 5.3 ast (career) / N/A (18-19)

Siakam, Powell, Gasol out indefinitely

RAPTORS INJURY UPDATES

The Raptors provided the following injury updates on Thursday:

  • Marc Gasol sustained a strained left hamstring in the first quarter of play Wednesday, Dec. 18 at Detroit. He was reevaluated on Thursday and it was determined he will be out indefinitely.
  • With 6:47 to play in the fourth quarter, Pascal Siakam sustained a stretched groin after an awkward landing. He was evaluated Thursday and will be listed as out indefinitely.
  • Norman Powell left the same game with 3:17 to play in the fourth quarter after a collision with another player. After testing in Toronto on Thursday, it was determined he had sustained a subluxation of the left shoulder. He will also be out indefinitely.

All three players will be reevaluated over the coming weeks and their conditions updated as necessary.

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