Dio begins his spin around the league with a look at the Atlantic Division and its top international talent.
October 13, 2019, 4:49 pmFred VanVleetPG, Toronto Raptors
The Raptors will rest Fred VanVleet, Pascal Siakam, Marc Gasol, Serge Ibaka and Norman Powell for Sunday's preseason game versus the Bulls.
Kyle Lowry will also sit this one out as his surgically repaired thumb needs a little more time. The reserves will get plenty of run and will be they are all in play as DFS candidates.
Source: Doug Smith on Twitter
October 1, 2019, 2:00 pmMarc GasolC, Toronto Raptors
Coach Nick Nurse said that the team would use some load management with Marc Gasol this season.
Gasol will be 35 this year and has barely had any time off after both the Raptors and Spanish national team's long runs. Chris Boucher and Serge Ibaka will make for quality streaming options when this happens.
Source: The Athletic
September 27, 2019, 1:47 pmKyle LowryPG, Toronto Raptors
According to Sean Deveney of the Sporting News, teams that have reached out to the Raptors about acquiring Kyle Lowry, Serge Ibaka and Marc Gasol have been turned down.
The Raptors reportedly don't plan on tanking to rebuild and coming off of a championship season who can blame them. They've still got a competitive roster and if Pascal Siakam is able to take the next step who knows what they can achieve this season.
Source: Sean Deveney on Twitter
June 14, 2019, 12:11 amSerge IbakaF/C, Toronto Raptors
Serge Ibaka scored 15 points on 7-of-12 shooting with three rebounds and two assists in Thursday's Game 6 win over the Warriors.
Ibaka's plus-9 almost tells us enough about the impact differential between he and Marc Gasol (three points, 0-for-5 shooting with nine rebounds and four assists). Both bigs brought something to the table as Gasol had a strong fourth in terms of offensive rebounding, but Ibaka outplayed him on both ends of the floor and provided and offensive threat in the frontcourt that took advantage of a hobbled Warriors team.
June 11, 2019, 12:53 amSerge IbakaF/C, Toronto Raptors
Serge Ibaka scored a quick 15 points on 5-of-8 FGs and 5-of-6 FTs in addition to providing six rebounds, an assist, a steal and a block in 17 minutes as the Raptors fell short of the title on Monday.
Ibaka provided more on the offensive side than the defensive side tonight. He's been a great role-player in this series, bringing a variety of value from game-to-game. He could be in line for a bigger game in Thursday's Game 6 with the Warriors' front line banged up.
June 8, 2019, 12:26 amSerge IbakaF/C, Toronto Raptors
Serge Ibaka posted 20 points, four rebounds, two blocks and one three-pointer in Game 4 on Friday.
Ibaka continues to impact this series – especially on the defensive end where he has collected eight blocks in the last two games. His presence has made it difficult for the Warriors to put up their classic runs and he will look to maintain that effect on Monday in Game 5.
June 5, 2019, 11:53 pmSerge IbakaF/C, Toronto Raptors
Serge Ibaka put up six points with six blocks in 22 minutes as the Raptors took a commanding 2-1 series lead on Wednesday.
He shot 2-of-4 from the field and added five rebounds and two steals to the box score. Ibaka brought solid energy on the defensive end that kept the Warriors from closing the gap at any point during the game. If Ibaka is able to bring that same energy to Game 4, the Raptors could be looking at a 3-1 series lead before heading back home for Game 5.
May 22, 2019, 12:19 amSerge IbakaF/C, Toronto Raptors
Serge Ibaka double-doubled with 17 points (7-of-12 FGs, 3-of-3 FTs) and 13 rebounds in 24 minutes on Tuesday as the Raptors evened the series with a Game 4 home victory over the Bucks.
Ibaka provided some energy with some early dunks in traffic. This was his best game of the series by far, and it'll be interesting to see how the Bucks try to slow the Raptor's big men in Game 5 on Thursday.
May 12, 2019, 9:56 pmSerge IbakaF/C, Toronto Raptors
Serge Ibaka brought the goods in Sunday's Game 7, coming off the bench for 17 points, eight rebounds, three assists and three 3-pointers on 6-of-10 from the field.
Ibaka was Toronto's second-leading scorer and was a team-high plus-22 in his 29 minutes tonight. The Raptors failed to get much of anything from their bench all series but came away with wins whenever Ibaka had a productive game, and he stepped up in a big way tonight. Fred VanVleet was also solid in limited action despite an 0-of-5 shooting performance, chipping in four points and two steals. The Raptors won the bench battle handily in this one and it kept things close enough to allow Kawhi Leonard to end it.
May 9, 2019, 10:49 pmSerge IbakaF/C, Toronto Raptors
Serge Ibaka had a rough go of it in Game 6 on Thursday, fouling out while shooting 3-of-10 in 22 minutes.
Ibaka was hesitant all game after missing a few clean looks early, and the Raptors got nothing from their bench group once more. They looked to be back on track after two solid games but laid an egg tonight. They'll need more than that in Sunday's Game 7, obviously.
May 7, 2019, 8:38 pmSerge IbakaF/C, Toronto Raptors
Serge Ibaka suffered an eye laceration in Tuesday's Game 5 but is expected to return to action.
Ibaka left the game and headed to the locker room but got stitched up and should return to action tonight.
Source: Doug Smith on Twitter
May 5, 2019, 6:21 pmSerge IbakaF/C, Toronto Raptors
Serge Ibaka stepped up in a big way in Sunday's Game 4, producing 12 points, nine rebounds and three blocks in 32 minutes of action.
Someone needed to deliver with Pascal Siakam hobbled and Ibaka rose to the occasion. He got blocked twice by Joel Embiid and was way off target on three wide-open attempts from deep, but he did bury a mid-range jumper in the final minutes to chip into a collective team win and battled on the glass. If Ibaka is this engaged going forward it would be a huge lift to the Raptors, who basically cut things down to a six-man rotation today. Fred VanVleet, Norman Powell and Patrick McCaw logged seven, four and five minutes respectively.
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