December 5, 2019, 11:09 pmFred VanVleetPG, Toronto Raptors
Fred VanVleet scored 20 points on 7-of-13 shooting while adding six rebounds, five assists, three steals, a block and three 3-pointers on Thursday.
VanVleet was awesome tonight and it looks like his strong surge is here to stay. Ever since the NBA finals, VanVleet has morphed into a legitimate No. 2 on offense alongside Pascal Siakam and the departure of Kawhi Leonard helped expedite it. It's great news that he was able to do this with Kyle Lowry also logging 42 minutes.
December 5, 2019, 11:06 pmPascal SiakamPF, Toronto Raptors
Pascal Siakam was held in check from the field, scoring 24 points on 9-of-22 shooting while chipping in nine boards, two assists, two steals, a block and two triples in Thursday's 109-119 loss to the Rockets.
Siakam went 2-for-8 from deep and struggled to get anything going on offense towards the end of the game. It's a good thing that a line like tonight can be considered below average and it speaks volumes about the player that Spicy P has become in such a short amount of time.
December 5, 2019, 11:03 pmKyle LowryPG, Toronto Raptors
Kyle Lowry had another strong game on Thursday with 19 points on 5-of-8 shooting to go with five boards, eight dimes, a steal and three 3-pointers.
Lowry was on a tear before hurting his thumb and he's already back to speed. He logged 42 minutes which is actually a bit worrisome as the heavy minutes can really wear a guy like him down. If Coach Nurse continues to work him this hard, you may want to consider the injury risk you take with a guy like him, even though the production is undeniable.
December 5, 2019, 11:01 pmMarc GasolC, Toronto Raptors
Marc Gasol filled up the stat sheet on Thursday, scoring five points with six rebounds, five assists, four steals, two blocks and a triple.
Gasol did a much better job playing against the Rockets' potent offense than Serge Ibaka (17 minutes, 10 points, five rebounds and two assists) which explains why he logged 29 minutes tonight. After an extremely slow start, Gasol has posted nearly top-80 value over the last two weeks with averages of 6.4 points, 5.3 boards, 4.1 assists, 1.1 steals, 1.6 blocks and 1.3 3s.
December 4, 2019, 12:18 amNorman PowellSF, Toronto Raptors
Norman Powell returned to the bench with Kyle Lowry's return, but he still scored 23 points on 8-of-14 shooting in addition to eight rebounds, one assist, one steal and four 3-pointers in 34 minutes in an overtime loss to the Heat on Tuesday.
Powell enjoyed about a month of mid-round value while Lowry was out, and despite tonight's game it's coming to an end. If you need points and threes, he could be worth holding.
December 4, 2019, 12:10 amPascal SiakamPF, Toronto Raptors
Pascal Siakam double-doubled but didn't do much else as he put up 15 points (5-of-14 FGs, 5-of-6 FTs), 12 rebounds and one assist in 39 minutes in an overtime loss to the Heat on Tuesday.
Those that roster Siakam will take it, but they've grown accustomed to much more this season. He's still hanging in the top-25 for the season. Serge Ibaka had a solid game with 13 points, nine rebounds, a block and two triples in this one.
December 4, 2019, 12:00 amKyle LowryPG, Toronto Raptors
Kyle Lowry (left thumb fracture) returned from an 11-game absence and put up 12 points on 2-of-18 shooting (0-for-11 from deep), six rebounds, 11 assists, a steal and a block in 41 minutes in a 110-121 overtime loss to the Heat on Tuesday.
Yikes. The shooting is concerning since the injury was on his hand, but the high minutes and assists are encouraging. Hopefully it'll just take him a few games to settle his shot since he clearly has his endurance back already. Fred VanVleet shifted to shooting guard and provided 19 points, one board, six dimes, three swipes and three treys in 43 minutes.
December 3, 2019, 5:55 pmKyle LowryPG, Toronto Raptors
Kyle Lowry (thumb fracture) will play and start against the Heat on Tuesday.
Lowry is returning from an extended absence against the Heat in what will be a battle against the current two and three seeds in the East. Norman Powell will head back to a reserve role off the bench. Get Lowry back into your lineups.
Source: Josh Lewenberg on Twitter
December 3, 2019, 5:42 pmKyle LowryPG, Toronto Raptors
The Raptors have upgraded Kyle Lowry (thumb) to questionable to play against the Heat on Tuesday.
If Lowry can go, he will bump Norman Powell from the starting five and take some of the ball-handling responsibilities away from Fred VanVleet and Pascal Siakam. His status should be made more apparent as we inch closer to game time.
Source: NBA Injury Report
December 3, 2019, 11:23 amFred VanVleetPG, Toronto Raptors
In a conversation with Brian Windhorst on ESPN's The Hoop Collective Podcast, Bobby Marks said that Fred VanVleet could get between $25 and $30 million per season next year.
VanVleet has had an amazing season so far and he should be able to cash in at what looks to be a weak offseason in the NBA. With career-highs in point, assists, rebounds and steals he should continue to to return top-100 value even when Kyle Lowry returns from his injury.
December 2, 2019, 6:31 pmKyle LowryPG, Toronto Raptors
Kyle Lowry is doubtful for Tuesday's game due to a left thumb fracture.
Consider Norman Powell a quality short-term addition. Lowry is having an excellent start to the season and has shot 42.6 percent on threes so far.
Source: NBA Injury Report
December 2, 2019, 2:37 pmPatrick McCawSG, Toronto Raptors
Patrick McCaw (left knee surgery) did some live work on Monday but remains far off from a return.
McCaw underwent his procedure at the beginning of November and was expected to miss "several" weeks, so this isn't surprising. He might've lost his rotation spot to Terence Davis in the meantime.
Source: Michael Grange on Twitter
December 2, 2019, 12:05 pmKyle LowryPG, Toronto Raptors
Kyle Lowry (left thumb fracture) was able to practice on Monday and is questionable for Tuesday's game against the Heat.
Lowry was listed as doubtful before Sunday's game so his condition continues to improve. He figures to return to the starting five immediately upon returning, though he may face minutes restrictions for a few games. Regardless, be prepared to get Lowry back into all lineups. Norman Powell and Terence Davis should see their minutes reduced.
Source: Josh Lewenberg on Twitter
December 2, 2019, 11:58 amChris BoucherPF, Toronto Raptors
Chris Boucher basically fell out of the rotation on Sunday, logging just four minutes in garbage time.
The return of Serge Ibaka figured to hurt him pretty good, and though Nick Nurse credited Boucher before the game, it's going to be hard for him to find consistent minutes. He can be cut loose in almost all formats despite his crazy upside.
December 1, 2019, 9:57 pmDewan HernandezPF, Toronto Raptors
Dewan Hernandez (right thumb sprain) put up two points on 0-of-3 shooting with three rebounds in return on Sunday against the Jazz
Hernandez does not have much of a role with the Raptors as he typically only sees garbage time minutes, so he should not be on anyone's fantasy radar.