News: Vasquez scored six points (2-6 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 1-2 FT) with 12 assists, three rebounds and two steals in 39 minutes during Wednesday's loss to the Cavaliers.
Impact: In three games while Kyle Lowry (rest) has been sidelined, Vasquez is averaging 10.7 points, 7.7 assists, 3.7 boards and 2.3 threes. As long as Lowry is out, Vasquez has solid value, but he could return to the bench at any time.
News: Williams scored an incredibly efficient 24 points (6-7 FG, 4-4 3Pt, 8-8 FT) with six assists and two rebounds in 29 minutes off the bench Wednesday.
Impact: He actually found himself getting double-teamed in the second half, as the Cavs worked to prevent the Raptors from making an improbable comeback. Williams has now scored 20 or more points in three straight games while also chipping in 4.7 assists during that stretch as he assumes backup point guard duties while Kyle Lowry (rest) is sidelined. The assists will likely fade once Lowry returns, but Williams is easily capable of maintaining the scoring pace for a while.
News: DeRozan scored 25 points (10-19 FG, 2-3 3Pt, 3-3 FT) with a steal in 39 minutes during Wednesday's loss to the Cavaliers.
Impact: It's his second straight good shooting night, although DeRozan wasn't able to match it up with useful production in any other category. There's no word yet on when Kyle Lowry (rest) might return to action, so DeRozan may continue having to carry the offensive load for the Raptors in the short term.
News: Valanciunas scored 26 points (12-17 FG, 2-2 FT) with 11 rebounds and two blocks in 31 minutes during Wednesday's loss to the Cavaliers.
Impact: He seemed fired up for a big Eastern Conference battle, and Raptors coach Dwane Casey rewarded him with more fourth quarter minutes than Valanciunas typically sees. It's the young center's best performance since mid-January, but he'll need to start producing at this level more consistently if he wants to take his game to the next level.
News: Lowry (rest) will not play Wednesday against the Cavaliers.
Impact: The Raptors continue to rest their starting point guard, who is banged up with a handful of minor injuries, including a potentially dislocated finger. Greivis Vasquez will make another start in Lowry's place, and Lowry should be considered questionable for Friday's game in Charlotte.
News: Lowry (rest) remains questionable to play Wednesday against the Cavs, Sam Amico of Fox Sports reports.
Impact: Lowry has sat out the last two games while nursing several minor injuries, and coach Dwane Casey indicated that he could be held out the rest of the week. At this point, it looks like he might end up a true game-time decision, and if he's held out again, Greivis Vasquez will make another start.