That is 10 games in a row he has been out with a strained calf.
INJURY REPORT AT 5:30 SUNDAY
07:00 (ET) MIN@TOR Minnesota Timberwolves Culver, Jarrett Out Injury/Illness – Left Ankle; Sprain Russell, D’Angelo Out Injury/Illness – Left Leg; Soreness Toronto Raptors Anunoby, OG Out Injury/Illness – Left Calf; Strain Flynn, Malachi Out G League – On Assignment Harris, Jalen Out G League – Two-Way McCaw, Patrick Out Injury/Illness – Left Knee; Surgery – rehabilitation Watanabe, Yuta Out Injury/Illness – Left Ankle; Sprain
OG Anunoby will miss his ninth straight game with a strained calf tonight against the Boston Celtics, but could return on Sunday. Yuta Watanabe is also out again with a sprained ankle, he is also expected to return Sunday.
INJURY REPORT AT 5:39 P.M.
TOR@BOS Boston Celtics Langford, Romeo Out Injury/Illness – Right Wrist; Surgery Rehabilitation Smart, Marcus Out Injury/Illness – Left Calf; Tear Williams III, Robert Out Injury/Illness – Left Hip; Soreness Toronto Raptors Anunoby, OG Questionable Injury/Illness – Left Calf; Strain Flynn, Malachi Out G League – On Assignment Harris, Jalen Out G League – Two-Way McCaw, Patrick Out Injury/Illness – Left Knee; Surgery – rehabilitation Watanabe, Yuta Doubtful Injury/Illness – Left Ankle; Sprain
TOR@BKN Brooklyn Nets Claxton, Nicolas Out Injury/Illness – Right Knee; Tendinopathy Dinwiddie, Spencer Out Injury/Illness – Right Knee; Partially Torn ACL Perry, Reggie Out G League – Two-Way Toronto Raptors Anunoby, OG Out Injury/Illness – Left Calf; Strain Baynes, Aron Probable Injury/Illness – Right Groin; Strain Flynn, Malachi Out G League – On Assignment Harris, Jalen Out G League – Two-Way McCaw, Patrick Out Injury/Illness – Left Knee; Surgery – rehabilitation
Norman Powell (right quadriceps contusion) and OG Anunoby (left calf strain) are out of the Toronto Raptors lineup for the game Sunday against the Orlando Magic at Tampa, according to the NBA injury report released at 5:30 p.m. Both missed the loss to the Sacramento Kings on Friday. Coach Nick Nurse said Powell could return for the game Tuesday at Orlando, but Anunoby likely will need another week or so.
Jeff Zillgitt USA TODAY Published 11:37 PM EDT Sep 3, 2020 LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — The situation was bleak but not hopeless. The Toronto Raptors trailed the Boston Celtics by one point with 0.5 seconds left in the fourth quarter following Daniel Theis’ dunk. The Raptors were in a huddle during the timeout, and […]
“Freddie (VanVleet) comes wheeling off there first, and Marc (Gasol) pins down for Pascal (Siakam), OG (Anunoby) clears out to the weak side, Marc tries to find an open area either at the rim or out, depending on how they played it,” Nurse said.
Anunoby was the fourth of four options. When Lowry got the ball from the referee to pass it in, he surveyed the court with Boston’s 7-foot-6 Tacko Fall guarding the pass.
In the actions Toronto created with Lowry looking for an open player, the Celtics lost track of Anunoby. Jayson Tatum and Theis focused on VanVleet. After Gasol set a screen for Siakam, he also set a screen on Jaylen Brown, leaving Anunoby open on the far side of the court.
With just enough time to catch and shoot, Anunoby did exactly that and drilled a corner 3, giving the Raptors a 104-103 victory in Game 3 on Thursday.
“Give OG his flowers tonight,” Lowry said.
Anunoby barely had a reaction as his teammates mobbed him.
“I don’t shoot trying to miss,” Anunoby said.
Said VanVleet: “I know he was excited. That’s just his nature. Being in those situations, sometimes you don’t know what to do. I don’t think he’s a guy who’s going to run around the court. That was true OG form right there to knock down the biggest shot of his life and act like nothing happened. The rest of us were more excited for him than he was for himself.”
The shot saved Toronto’s season. The Raptors were on the verge of a 3-0 deficit. Now, it’s a much more manageable 2-1 deficit, and they came back from a 2-0 hole in last season’s Eastern Conference finals against Milwaukee and won the series.
“It’s OG’s moment,” Lowry said. “That’s a great moment for that kid. I’m so happy and so proud of him. The pass meant nothing. The shot was everything. … He deserves every ounce of love and celebration that he’s going to get tonight. The kid works extremely hard. That’s his moment. Let him live in it, and I’ll ruin tomorrow when he watches film and I tell him what he messed up on.”
Anunoby finished with 12 points and 10 rebounds, and he helped keep the Raptors close in the first half when Lowry, Siakam and VanVleet continued with their offensive struggles. He had nine points and was Toronto’s second-leading scorer behind Lowry’s 15 in the first half.
Lowry wanted to deflect credit. But his cross-court pass was magnificent in its own right.
“There’s not a lot of times that you probably want a — let’s call him 6-foot-1 — guard taking the ball out of bounds in a late-game situation because you saw they tried to put size on him,” Nurse said.
First off, Lowry had Fall waving his long arms in front of him. To create a little extra space, Lowry backed off the sideline near Boston’s bench. He watched as players set the play in action with screens and movement, and he surveyed the defense.
He noticed Anunoby slipped unguarded to the corner on the opposite side of the court — about 55 feet away. Lowry had to launch the perfect pass — over Fall but not too much air under the ball so that a defender could get to Anunoby and disrupt the play.
“It was a beautiful pass,” VanVleet said. “We don’t give Kyle as much credit as you guys give him. We expect those things from him. So it’s not that amazing from our perspective. I’ve become accustomed to seeing him do those things on a nightly basis.”
The Raptors have struggled offensively in the series and had trouble shooting through the first 2½ quarters on Thursday. But they found just enough offense from Lowry (31 points), VanVleet (17 of his 25 points in the second half) and Siakam (14 of his 16 in the second half).
Their defense remained solid, holding Boston to 46 points in the second half.
Add one great pass and one clutch shot, and the series is a lot closer than it looked after the first 47 minutes, 59.5 seconds of Game 3.
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Matt Eppers USA TODAY Published 1:10 AM EDT Sep 4, 2020 With their season on the line, the Toronto Raptors drew up a play that delivered when they needed it most. OG Anunoby hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to give the Raptors a 104-103 win over the Boston Celtics in Game 3 of their […]
With their season on the line, the Toronto Raptors drew up a play that delivered when they needed it most. OG Anunoby hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to give the Raptors a 104-103 win over the Boston Celtics in Game 3 of their second-round series Thursday night.
Anunoby caught a cross-court pass with 0.5 seconds left on the clock and got his shot off over the out-stretched hand of a leaping Jaylen Brown.
Brown tipped his cap to the Raptors afterwards for the slick play design. However, he lamented the Celtics’ defensive lapse that allowed Anunoby to get free and couldn’t hide his frustration.
“It’s a (expletive) disgrace at the end of the game,” Brown said. “That was just terrible. No way we should have lost that game. I take responsibility for that. Not just that play, but a lot of the plays before. It happens. It’s the NBA playoffs. Either you let them gain momentum or you come back and get ready to play next game.”
Brown and the Celtics could have taken a commanding 3-0 series lead and effectively ended the Raptors’ title defense. Instead, Toronto is back in the series down 2-1 with Game 4 on Saturday night.
“Just a miscommunication, the coverage that we were in,” Brown said of the final play. “That’s all that really is. They made a remarkable play at the end.”
Anunoby finished with 12 points and 10 rebounds for Toronto. Kyle Lowry scored 31 points, and Fred VanVleet added 25.
Brown had 19 points and 12 rebounds for Boston. Kemba Walker had 29 points, and Jayson Tatum had 15.
If scrimmage No. 1 was the Serge Ibaka show, scrimmage No. 2 was the OG Anunoby reveal.
Anunoby is Toronto’s lockdown defender, that goes without saying. But coach Nick Nurse has long been touting Anunoby’s all-around game or at least the potential for more of an all-around game.
In the past, Anunoby lacked the kind of flow and smoothness many of his NBA counterparts just seem to have instinctively when they have the ball on offence
Now, Anunoby does not say too much to the media as a general rule and when he does speak it is almost strictly in generalities, but based on last night’s performance he has put in a ton on work on his ball handling and dribbling abilities since we last saw him live and that was easily the most important takeaway from last night’s 110-104 win over Portland.
Anunoby looked like a different player at the offensive end confidently putting the ball on the deck and dribble-driving past the Portland Trail Blazers defenders on numerous occasions in the Raptors’ 110-104 win.
His stat line paled in comparison to the 19 points and six rebounds from the aforementioned Ibaka or even the 18 points and six rebounds from Pascal Siakam.
On paper Anunoby’s night was a solid seven points, six boards, four assist evening along with two blocks.
But it was the confidence and ease with which he drove into traffic and found the open man that really made his night stand out.
“I thought he looked good,” Nurse said of Anunoby. “I thought I really liked this aggressiveness and thought his quickness and skill work on some of those drives both at the start and at the end, looked really good.”
If Anunoby can attack off the dribble like he did Sunday night it just makes the entire Raptors offence that much more dangerous.
“He’s a pretty good catch-and-shoot guy we want to make him a guy that can really make teams pay for having to send help to some of our other guys and eventually I (would) just like him to be a bigger part of the offence and just a tough matchup to guard with his shooting, his size, his driving, and his posting. Just more actions and more things you can do.”
TOUGHER THE BETTER
Were these games that actually count, news that an elite talent like Damian Lillard not playing against them might have the Raptors doing a little celebratory dance.
But when you are testing yourself and getting yourself tuned up for when those games do count, you want the toughest opponent possible.
So it’s unlikely there was anything but disappointment when word spread pre-game that Lillard would not be playing. Lillard was held out with left foot inflammation after X-rays came back negative. Head coach Terry Stotts said he did not think the injury was long-term and was hopeful Lillard would be back for the Trail Blazers final scrimmage.
Fred VanVleet signalling to the bench immediately after knee on knee contact with Anfernee Simmons had to have every Raptors fan either cursing at their television screens or at the very least reaching for the worry beads.
The collision occurred with 2:43 left in the first quarter and that was the last run VanVleet would see for the evening.
Nurse said after the game he didn’t think it was anything to be overly concerned about.
“He knocked knees and I don’t think it was too bad, but it’s just a scrimmage, there’s no sense in trying to play him through that in this deal,” Nurse said.
VanVleet could be seen on the telecast on the bench after the scare cheering on his team and smiling with his teammates. Not exactly the behaviour anyone would expect were the injury considered serious.
GASOL BACK AT IT
Chiselled Marc Gasol made his re-start debut last night playing just under 10 minutes. He did not play at all in the second half as the Raptors are monitoring his minutes given the injury issues before the season shut down in March.
Skinnier Gasol seems a little more likely to attack the rim and he did that on at least one occasion going right at Josef Nurkic and drawing a foul in the process.
But it’s clear Gasol has a little more ability in that area than he may have had before when he was carrying more weight.
It just adds to an already impressive resume and just makes the Raptors that much better.
Gasol sounded like a kid on Christmas morning after the game.
“I know it might have been a scrimmage but I was geeked up the whole day,” Gasol said. “Excited about it, and happy that I got to help the team.”
If there was a downside to the evening it was that he only got to play those 10 minutes, but Gasol wasn’t too upset.
“Yeah, you always wanna play more but you know that you gotta build it up,” he said. “We know when the important times come and when the big games come, you have to be ready to take those bigger minutes. So we’ve gotta build it up a little bit, and that’s OK.”
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KEY RUN Leading 112-108 with 6:42 remaining in the fourth, Toronto went on a 20-5 run to push the lead to 19 with 3:07 left … The Raptors led by double digits the rest of the way.
KEY STAT Toronto shot .573 (51-for-89) from the field, including .643 (27-for-42) in the first half … The Raptors improved to a perfect 15-0 this season when they shoot +.500 from the floor.
RAPTORS NOTES: • With the win, Toronto improves to 40-14 this season and 21-7 at home … The Raptors have won five straight games vs. Minnesota and swept the season-series for the second straight year … Toronto’s last game before the All-Star break is Wednesday night at Brooklyn. • The Raptors won their franchise record 15th straight game (Jan. 15 – Feb. 10) – the second longest win streak in the NBA this season … Toronto has won six in a row at home during this stretch. • The Raptors have now won 16 consecutive games at home vs. Minnesota … The Timberwolves’ last victory at Toronto was Jan. 21, 2004. • Toronto’s 40-14 record after 54 games is the best in franchise history … The Raptors have reached 40 wins prior to the All-Star break for the third straight year. • The Raptors outscored Minnesota 60-38 in the paint and 35-10 on the fast-break. • Kyle Lowry recorded his 10th double-double of the season, finishing with 27 points and 11 assists in 40 minutes … Lowry has a double-double in each of his last three games played (Feb. 5-10). • OG Anunoby posted his fifth double-double of the season with a career-high 25 points and a career high-tying 12 rebounds in 36 minutes … Toronto is 4-0 this year when Anunoby scores 20 or more. • In his third start of the year, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson scored a season-high 21 points in 34 minutes. • All five Toronto starters scored in double digits, combing for a franchise record 123 points. • The Raptors had five players score double figures – Pascal Siakam (34), Lowry (27), Anunoby (25), Hollis-Jefferson (21) and Fred VanVleet (16) … Toronto had four players score 20 or more points in the same game for just the ninth time in team history.
TIMBERWOLVES NOTES: • With the loss, Minnesota falls to 16-36 on the season and 9-17 on the road … The Timberwolves have dropped seven straight games on the road (Jan. 7 – Feb. 10) … Minnesota’s final game before the All-Star break is Wednesday night when they host Charlotte. • D’Angelo Russell finished with 22 points in 32 minutes in his debut with Minnesota. • The Timberwolves had five players score in double digits – Karl Anthony-Towns (23), Russell (22), Juancho Hernangomez (15), Malik Beasley (15) and Jarrett Culver (15) … Anthony-Towns pulled down 10 rebounds for his fifth straight double-double and 24th of the season.
GAME #17 – TORONTO RAPTORS (12-4) vs. NEW YORK KNICKS (4-13) WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2019 – 7:30 P.M. (ET) – SCOTIABANK ARENATV: TSN – RADIO: SPORTSNET 590 THE FAN
RAPTORS NOTES • The Toronto Raptors complete their two-game homestand (Nov. 25-27) Wednesday night when they host the New York Knicks at Scotiabank Arena. The Raptors have won 14 of their past 15 games against New York, including the past six meetings. Toronto has won seven in a row vs. the Knicks at home. In four games against the Knicks last season, Pascal Siakam averaged 20.8 points, while Fred VanVleet led the Raptors averaging 7.5 assists.
• The Raptors have matched a franchise record with seven straight victories at home to open the season. Toronto also began the 2018-19 campaign with seven consecutive wins at Scotiabank Arena. The Raptors are one of just four teams in the NBA still without a loss at home this season, joining Boston (6-0), Miami (7 -0) and Philadelphia (7-0).
• With Monday’s victory over Philadelphia, Toronto tied an NBA record with its 32nd consecutive victory at home vs. the Atlantic Division. The Raptors’ last loss at Scotiabank Arena against an Atlantic Division foe was Nov. 10, 2015 vs. New York. Since 1970-71 (the division format era), Golden State (Oct. 30, 2013 – Apr. 12, 2017) and Utah (Nov. 15, 1996 – Apr. 12, 1999) are the only other teams to win 32 straight games at home vs. divisional opponents.
• Rondae Hollis-Jefferson matched his season-high with 16 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to earn his second double-double of the season Nov. 25 vs. Philadelphia. Over his past eight games, Hollis-Jefferson has scored in double digits four times (Nov. 10-25), averaging 10.9 points during this stretch.
• Toronto will play 11 of 16 games at home in the month of December after playing eight of 13 on the road in November. December is Toronto’s busiest month of the season and includes three back-to-back sets. Ten of Toronto’s 16 games in December are against teams currently with a +.500. The Raptors are 2-4 this season vs. teams that have a winning record.
• Toronto held Philadelphia to .409 (36-for-88) shooting from the field on Monday night. It marked the seventh time this season the Raptors have held their opposition to a shooting percentage under 41 per cent from the floor. The Raptors currently lead the NBA in opponent field goal percentage (.413) and rank seventh in opponent three-point field goal percentage (.337).
• Fred VanVleet recorded 24 points and eight assists in 38 minutes of play Monday night against Philadelphia. VanVleet has now scored 20 or more points in five of the last six games, averaging 23.0 points during this stretch. He has also had at least four more assists than turnovers in each of the last 12 games (Oct. 30 – Nov. 25). During this span, VanVleet has totaled 98 assists compared to 30 turnovers.
• Terence Davis ll has scored in double digits in three of the past four games (Nov. 18-25), averaging 13.0 points, 3.8 rebounds and 3.5 assists during this stretch. Davis ranks sixth among rookies in field goal percentage (.493) and fourth in three-point field goal shooting percentage (.450).
• Toronto ranks first in the NBA with a .393 three-point shooting percentage and fourth in three-pointers made per game (14.1) – behind only Houston (15.2), New Orleans (15.0) and Dallas (14.5).
• Totaled 12 points, three rebounds, one steal and one block in 35 minutes Nov. 25 vs. Philadelphia. • Has scored 10 or more points eight times, including two 20-point performances. • Ranks fourth in the NBA in three-point field goal percentage (.491); has made multiple threes in eight games.
• Finished with a team-high 25 points and seven rebounds in 40 minutes of play Nov. 25 vs. Philadelphia. • Has recorded six games of 30+ points; had five 30-point performances in 80 games played last season. • Tied for ninth in the NBA in scoring (25.7) and ranks sixth in minutes per game (37.1).
• Matched his season-high with nine assists in 35 minutes Nov. 25 vs. Philadelphia; added six rebounds. • Reached 12,000 career points in the NBA Nov. 16 at Dallas. • Has collected 10+ rebounds three times, including a season-high 12 rebounds Nov. 2 at Milwaukee.
• Recorded 10 points and five rebounds in 28 minutes Nov. 25 vs. Philadelphia. • Averaging 14.9 points, 4.1 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 31.0 minutes in eight games as a starter. • Has scored in double figures in five straight games (Nov. 16-25); averaging 17.6 points during this stretch.
• Finished with 24 points, eight assists and two steals in 38 minutes Nov. 25 vs. Philadelphia. • Has recorded at least five assists in 16 games this season (Oct. 22-Nov. 25) – the longest streak of his career. • Ranks eighth in the NBA in assists (7.7) and first in minutes per game (38.0).
Dewan Hernandez (Right thumb; sprain) – Out
Serge Ibaka (Right ankle; sprain) – Doubtful
Stanley Johnson (Left groin; stress reaction) – Out
Kyle Lowry (Left thumb; distal phalanx fracture) – Out
Patrick McCaw (Left knee; surgery) – Out
Matt Thomas (Left middle finger; distal phalanx fracture) – Out
RECAP VS. NEW YORK OVERALL HOME ROAD
2018-19 4-0 2-0 2-0
ALL-TIME 52-41 30-16 22-25
STREAKS Won 6 Won 7 Won 3
LAST WIN: March 28, 2019 (117-92)
LAST HOME WIN: March 18, 2018 (128-92)
LARGEST MARGIN OF VICTORY: +36, March 18, 2019
LARGEST MARGIN OF DEFEAT: -46, April 15, 1996
LAST TIME VS. NEW YORK GAME 76 – MARCH 28, 2019 TORONTO 117, NEW YORK 92
NEW YORK – Pascal Siakam scored 31 points and the Toronto Raptors routed the New York Knicks for the second time in 11 nights, winning 117- 92 to sweep the season series … Toronto rested Kawhi Leonard, just as it did in its 128-92 victory at home on March 18 … The Raptors led by as many as 31 points, never trailed and were up by at least 15 for the entire second half … Danny Green added 15 points on five 3-pointers for the Raptors, who also were without OG Anunoby because of lingering concussion-like symptoms after he took a hit to the head in their victory over Chicago … Rookie Mitchell Robinson had season highs of 19 points and 21 rebounds for the Knicks, who lost their fifth straight and fell to 1-13 over the last month … The Knicks started 4 for 17 and fell behind 22-10, and the game never really got much closer … It was 30-18 after one, grew to 55-33 when Siakam made a 3-pointer with 31 seconds left in the half, and Toronto led 55-36 at the break after making 12 3-pointers while the Knicks went 1 for 13.
1 2 3 4 TOT
TORONTO 30 25 32 30 117
NEW YORK 18 18 28 28 92
INJURY REPORTS AS OF 1:30 P.M. WEDNESDAY
New York Knicks:
Allen, Kadeem Out G League – Two-Way
Barrett, RJ Probable Injury/Illness – Illness.
Brazdeikis, Ignas Out G League – On Assignment
Bullock, Reggie Out Injury/Illness – Neck; cervical disc herniation
Knox II, Kevin Probable Injury/Illness – Left Quadricep; contused
Ntilikina, Frank Probable Injury/Illness – Left Quadricep; contused; sore groin
Payton, Elfrid Out Injury/Illness – Right Hamstring; strained
– Rabb, Ivan Out G League – Two-Way –
Hernandez, Dewan Out Injury/Illness – Right Thumb; Sprain
Ibaka, Serge Doubtful Injury/Illness – Right Ankle; Sprain –
Johnson, Stanley Out Injury/Illness – Left Groin; Stress reaction –
Lowry, Kyle Out Injury/Illness – Left Thumb; Fracture; distal phalanx –
McCaw, Patrick Out Injury/Illness – Left Knee; Surgery –
Thomas , Matt Out Injury/Illness – Left Finger; Middle; distal phalanx fracture –
GAME #15 – TORONTO RAPTORS (10-4) vs. ATLANTA HAWKS (4-11) SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2019 – 7:30 P.M. (ET) – STATE FARM ARENA TV: TSN – RADIO: SPORTSNET 590 THE FAN
• The Toronto Raptors travel to Atlanta on Saturday to face the Hawks at State Farm Arena. Toronto has won seven in a row against the Hawks, including the past four meetings in Atlanta. The Raptors swept the season-series last year (3-0) for the second straight season and third time in franchise history. Pascal Siakam averaged 22.7 points and 9.3 rebounds in three games vs. Atlanta in 2018-19.
• The Raptors held Orlando to .385 (35-for-91) shooting from the field, including .281 (9-for-32) from 3-point range, on Wednesday night. It was the sixth time this season Toronto has held its opponent below 40 per cent shooting from the floor; something they did just five times during the regular season last year. The Raptors currently rank first in the NBA in opponent field goal percentage (.406), seventh in opponent 3-point percentage (.330) and eighth in points allowed (105.4).
• Terence Davis II led the reserves in scoring for the second straight game with a career-high 19 points (710 FG, 3-5 3PT, 2-2 FT) Nov. 20 vs. Orlando. Davis added a career-best eight rebounds and five assists in 27 minutes against the Magic. Over the past six games (Nov. 10-20), Davis is averaging 11.7 points off the bench, and has scored in double figures four times. He currently ranks second among rookies in both 3 -point field goal percentage (.485) – behind only Matt Thomas (.565) – and +/- rating (+65).
• Fred VanVleet led the Raptors with 24 points and seven assists in 35 minutes Wednesday night against the Magic. VanVleet has had at least four more assists than turnovers in each of the last 10 games (Oct. 30 – Nov. 20). During this span, he’s totaled 81 assists compared to just 22 turnovers.
• The Raptors currently lead the NBA in three-point shooting percentage (.401) and rank fifth in total 3-pointers made (201) – behind Houston (233), New Orleans (225), Milwaukee (212) and Portland (202). Toronto made a season-high 20 3-point field goals Nov. 18 vs. Charlotte – it marked just the fourth time in franchise history the Raptors made 20 or more threes in a single game.
• Pascal Siakam has scored 30+ points in five of the first 14 games this season. He had five 30-point performances in 80 games played last season after not reaching the 30-point mark in either of his first two NBA seasons. Siakam recorded his sixth double-double on the year with 18 points, a team high-tying 11 rebounds and four assists in 35 minutes Nov. 20 vs. Orlando.
• Chris Boucher posted his second consecutive double-double, and third of his career, with 14 points and a season high-tying 11 rebounds Nov. 20 vs. Orlando. Boucher leads the Raptors with 26 offensive rebounds this season, including 13 offensive boards in the past two games.
• Toronto will play 11-of-16 games at home in the month of December after playing eight of 13 on the road in November. December is Toronto’s busiest month of the season and includes three back-to-back sets.
• The Raptors have opened the season with six straight victories at home – one win shy of the franchise record to start a year. Toronto began the 2018-19 campaign with seven consecutive wins at Scotiabank Arena. The Raptors are one of just four teams in the NBA still without a loss at home this season, joining Boston (5-0), Miami (6-0) and Philadelphia (5-0).
• Finished with team highs of 24 points and seven assists in 35 minutes Nov. 20 vs. Orlando.
• Has recorded at least five assists in all 14 games this season — the longest streak of his career.
• Tied for sixth in the NBA in assists (7.6) and ranks second in minutes per game (37.6).
Serge Ibaka (Right ankle sprain) – TBD
Stanley Johnson (Left groin stress reaction) – Out
Kyle Lowry (Distal phalanx fracture – left thumb) – Out
Patrick McCaw (Left knee surgery) – Out
TONIGHT’S GAME DETAILS Opponent: Atlanta Hawks Date: Saturday, November 23, 2019 Tip-Off: 7:30 p.m. (ET) Venue: State Farm Arena Television: TSN Radio: Sportsnet 590 The FAN
SERIES RECAP VS. ATLANTA
OVERALL HOME ROAD
2018-19 3-0 1-0 2-0
ALL-TIME 44-45 23-21 21-24
STREAKS Won 7 Won 3 Won 4
LAST WIN: Feb. 7, 2019 (119-101)
LAST ROAD WIN: Feb. 7, 2019 (119-101)
LARGEST MARGIN OF VICTORY: +44, Dec. 3, 2016
LARGEST MARGIN OF DEFEAT: -31, Dec. 2, 2009
LAST TIME VS. ATLANTA
GAME 56 – FEB. 7, 2019 TORONTO 119, ATLANTA 101
ATLANTA — Pascal Siakam scored a career-high 33 points, Fred VanVleet added a career-best 30 and the Raptors rallied after trailing by 17 points in the first half to beat the Atlanta Hawks 119-101 … The Raptors were short-handed after trading four players in two deals … Toronto used only nine players and relied heavily on Siakam, who also had 13 rebounds, and VanVleet with All-Star Kawhi Leonard out due to a sore left knee … Trae Young and Taurean Price each had 19 points for the Hawks … Atlanta led 66-49 in the second quarter … After their big deficit, the Raptors used an 11-0 run to launch their comeback … Danny Green, who had 12 points, sank three free throws to cap the run … Toronto kept the momentum in the third quarter and led 88-85 entering the final period … The Raptors opened the fourth quarter with a 13-3 run to extend the lead in their third straight win … The Hawks scored 68 points in the first half and only 33 after halftime … Kyle Lowry had 13 points while making only 3 of 13 shots from the field … He had 13 assists …. Siakam scored 17 points in the second quarter.
1 2 3 4 TOT
TORONTO 22 38 28 31 119
ATLANTA 33 35 17 16 101
NEXT GAME DETAILS Opponent: Philadelphia 76ers Date: Monday, November 25, 2019 Tip-Off: 7:30 p.m. (ET) Venue: Scotiabank Arena Television: Sportsnet Radio: Sportsnet 590 The FAN
2019-20 TORONTO RAPTORS ROSTER
NO. PLAYER POS HT WT BIRTHDATE PRIOR TO NBA/HOME COUNTRY NBA EXP.
3 OG Anunoby F 6-8 232 7/17/1997 Indiana / England 2
25 Chris Boucher F 6-10 200 1/11/1993 Oregon / Canada 2
12 Oshae Brissett* F 6-8 210 6/20/1998 Syracuse / Canada R
0 Terence Davis ll G 6-4 205 5/16/1997 Mississippi / USA R
33 Marc Gasol C 7-1 255 1/29/1985 Akasvayu Girona / Spain 11
20 Dewan Hernandez C 6-11 235 12/9/1996 Miami / USA R
4 Rondae Hollis-Jefferson F 6-7 217 1/3/1995 Arizona / USA 4
5 Stanley Johnson F 6-7 245 5/29/1996 Arizona / USA 4
7 Kyle Lowry G 6-1 196 3/25/1986 Villanova / USA 13
22 Patrick McCaw G 6-7 185 10/25/1995 UNLV / USA 3
13 Malcolm Miller G-F 6-7 210 3/6/1993 Holy Cross / USA 2
11 Shamorie Ponds* G 6-1 180 6/29/1998 St. John’s / USA R
24 Norman Powell G 6-4 215 5/25/1993 UCLA / USA 4
43 Pascal Siakam F 6-9 230 4/2/1994 New Mexico State / Cameroon 3
21 Matt Thomas G 6-4 190 8/4/1994 Iowa State / USA R
23 Fred VanVleet G 6-0 195 2/25/1994 Wichita State / USA 3
* Two-way player
HEAD COACH: Nick Nurse (Northern Iowa)
ASSISTANT COACHES: Adrian Griffin (Seton Hall), Sergio Scariolo (Italy), Nate Bjorkgren (Buena Vista), Patrick Mutombo (Metro State), Jim Sann (Colorado), Jon Goodwillie (Brock), Brittni Donaldson (Northern Iowa) ASSISTANT COACH/DIRECTOR OF SPORTS SCIENCE: Alex McKechnie (Leeds School of Physiotherapy) ATHLETIC TRAINER: Scott McCullough (Toronto)
NUMERICAL ROSTER: 0 Terence Davis ll 9 Serge Ibaka 20 Dewan Hernandez 24 Norman Powell 3 OG Anunoby 11 Shamorie Ponds 21 Matt Thomas 25 Chris Boucher 4 Rondae Hollis-Jefferson 12 Oshae Brissett 22 Patrick McCaw 33 Marc Gaso 5 Stanley Johnson 13 Malcolm Miller 23 Fred VanVleet 43 Pascal Siakam 7 Kyle Lowry .
HAWKS POSSIBLE STARTERS (STATS NOT INCLUDING FRIDAY AT DETROIT.)
POS NO. PLAYER HT. WT. G GS PPG RPG APG SPG BPG MPG FG% 3FG% FT%
G 11 TRAE YOUNG 6-1 180 13 13 26.8 3.8 8.6 1.7 0.1 33.7 .440 .361 .816
• Atlanta ranks fourth in the NBA in steals per game and has swiped at least 10 steals in six games this season, tied for the second-most in the league.
• Trae Young is the only NBA player to rank in the Top five in apg (3rd), Top 10 in ppg (7th) and Top 10 in spg (t7th) … Young leads the Eastern Conference in assists per game (8.6) and also has seven games with at least two steals and six games totaling 30+ points or more … He has scored at least 20 points in seven straight games, the second-longest streak of his career (eight games from (3/13/19-3/29/19)
• Jabari Parker has recorded at least two steals in four consecutive games, the longest streak of his career … Parker has recorded seven total games with multiple thefts this season and is averaging 18.8 points, 7.4 rebounds and 1.89 steals on .511 FG% in nine starting assignments … He ranks t24th in the NBA in FG% (.521) and t30th in steals per game (1.36) … The first-year Hawk is 4th in the NBA in slam dunks, throwing down 39 jams through 14 games.
• On 11/20 vs. Milwaukee, Vince Carter led all Hawks reserves with 13 points … He tied a season-high with three 3FGM, adding two assists and one rebound.
• Allen Crabbe has scored in double-figures in back-to-back games, posting 11 points on 11/17 at LAL and scoring 10 points on 11/20 vs. Milwaukee … Crabbe is shooting .462 FG% (6-13), .500 3FG% (4-8) and .833 FT% (5-6) over the last two games.
• De’Andre Hunter recorded the first double-double of his career and posted career-highs in both points (27) and rebounds (11) on 11/20 vs. Mil … Hunter has scored in double figures in six straight games, averaging 15.0 points and knocking down at least one 3-pointer in each contest … Hunter is shooting .483 (14-29) from long distance during the stretch.
• Cam Reddish scored a career-high 17 points on 11/20 vs. Mil, giving him three consecutive contests with at least 10 points for the first time in his career … The rookie from Duke added three rebounds and one steal in 28 minutes of play … Reddish is tied for fifth in steals per game among qualifying first-year players.
INJURY REPORT Cam Reddish (left wrist sprain) is questionable John Collins (league suspension) is out Kevin Huerter (left rotator cuff strain) is out Brandon Goodwin
CAM AND TRAE’S MCDOUBLE: Trae Young and Cam Reddish shot their way to the top of the field in the McDonald’s All-American Three-Point Shootout in consecutive years (2017-18). Young took home the 2017 title in Chicago with a score of 19 and Reddish was named the 2018 co-champion in Atlanta, along with Immanuel Quickley, with a score of 17.
HAWKS NAB THREE DRAFTEES: For the second consecutive year, Atlanta entered the season with three rookies selected within the first 34 picks of the NBA Draft. The Hawks chose Cam Reddish from Duke University with the 10th overall pick on June 20; On July 7, Atlanta acquired the draft rights to the University of Virginia’s De’Andre Hunter, the fourth overall pick, and the draft rights to Bruno Fernando, selected 34th overall out of the University of Maryland. Hunter was originally selected by the Los Angeles Lakers, then traded to New Orleans on July 6. A day later, Atlanta acquired Hunter, along with Solomon Hill, a conditional 2023 second-round pick and the draft rights to Jordan Bone, from the Pelicans in exchange for the draft rights to Jaxson Hayes, Nickeil Alexander-Walker, Marcos Louzada Silva and a conditional 2020 first-round pick. The Hawks acquired Fernando’s rights from Philadelphia in exchange for the draft rights to Bone and two second-round draft picks.
WELCOME TO ATLANTA: During the offseason, Atlanta acquired two-time NBA Champion Damian Jones, two former No. 2 overall draft picks (2014’s Jabari Parker and 2010’s Evan Turner), six-year veteran Allen Crabbe and eight-year veteran Chandler Parsons. In 2018-19, Jones posted career-high averages in points (5.4), boards (3.1), assists (1.2), blocks (1.0) and minutes (17.1), earning 22 starting assignments in 24 appearances. Parker saw action in 64 games (17 starts) with Chicago and Washington last season, averaging 14.5 points, 6.6 rebounds and 2.4 assists in 26.9 minutes (.493 FG%, .313 3FG%, .712 FT%). Parsons has played in 435 career regular season games (369 starts) in eight seasons with Houston, Dallas and Memphis, averaging 12.8 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.8 assists in 30.3 minutes. Last season with the Nets, Crabbe averaged 9.6 points, 3.4 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 26.3 minutes over 43 games (20 starts). In nine seasons with Philadelphia, Indiana, Boston and Portland, Turner has averaged 9.9 points, 4.7 rebounds and 3.5 assists in 27.2 minutes (.435 FG%, .781 FT%).
TERRAPIN TIMES THREE: Bruno Fernando, Kevin Huerter and Alex Len all played collegiately at The University of Maryland. Fernando spent two seasons (2017-18 and 2018-19) at Maryland, earning Big Ten All-Freshman honors following his first season and being named to the Big Ten All-Defensive team and First Team All-Big Ten after his sophomore campaign. Huerter started all 33 games as a freshman in College Park in 2016-17 and increased his scoring output to 14.8 points during an All-Big Ten Honorable Mention performance in his sophomore year. Len also spent two years (2011-12 and 2012-13) as a Terp, averaging 11.9 points and 7.8 rebounds in his sophomore season before becoming the No. 5 overall selection in the 2013 NBA Draft.
HIGH-SCORING ST. JOE’S BROS: DeAndre’ Bembry and Charlie Brown Jr. are no strangers to putting up big numbers in a Hawks uniform, having both played at St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, PA. The two swingmen are the only players in SJU history to lead the A-10 in scoring; Bembry posted 17.7 ppg in 2014-15 while Brown scored a conference-best 19.0 ppg in 2018-19. Bembry enjoyed a prolific career on Hawk Hill from 2013-16, winning A-10 Co-Rookie of the Year honors in 2013, being named to the A-10 AllConference First Team twice (2015 and 2016) and being named the A-10 Player of the Year in 2016. Brown started 30 of 31 games for the Hawks as a freshman and won the A-10 scoring as a redshirt sophomore last season.
THE CITY OF SOUTHERNLY LOVE Atlanta enters the 2019-20 season with multiple ties to the Philadelphia area: Head Coach Lloyd Pierce was a member of the Sixers’ coaching staff for five seasons prior to arriving in Atlanta; First-year Hawks guard/forward Evan Turner was selected No. 2 overall in the 2010 NBA Draft by Philadelphia; Hawks guards DeAndre’ Bembry and Charlie Brown Jr. played their college ball at St. Joseph’s University; Rookie forward De’Andre Hunter is a Philly native; and first-year swingman Cam Reddish is a product of nearby Norristown, PA.