Toronto Raptors Player News: All Positions

News: Siakam totaled 26 points (10-17 FG, 3-6 3Pt, 3-4 FT), 10 rebounds, three assists, one steal and a block across 46 minutes in the Raptors' win over the Warriors on Thursday.
Impact: Siakam ended with a big double-double in the series-clinching victory, totaling an efficient 26 points and pulling down 10 boards. After averaging just 15.5 points and 4.5 rebounds in Games 4 and 5, Siakam stepped up to help his team win its first ever NBA championship.
News: Leonard finished with 22 points (7-16 FG, 1-5 3Pt, 7-8 FT), six rebounds, three assists, two steals and a block across 41 minutes in the Raptors' win over the Warriors on Thursday.
Impact: Leonard looked fatigued in Game 6, totaling a very quiet 22 points, but he stuffed the stat sheet with some key production across the board. He earned Finals MVP honors with averages of 28.5 points, 9.8 rebounds, 4.2 assists, 2.0 steals and 1.1 blocks in six games. Leonard won his first championship and Finals MVP in 2014, ending the reign of back-to-back champs Miami Heat, and he did the same thing to the Warriors this year. After one year in Toronto, he'll be a free agent, and his return to the Raptors is far from certain.
News: Lowry totaled 26 points (9-16 FG, 4-7 3Pt, 4-6 FT), 10 assists, seven rebounds and three steals across 42 minutes in the Raptors' win over the Warriors on Thursday.
Impact: Lowry made up for poor performances in Games 4 and 5 with a solid effort in the Game 6 win. He scored the Raptors' first 11 points of the game and had 21 at halftime. Although quiet in the second half offensively, Lowry dished 10 dimes and pulled down seven rebounds for a well-rounded final stat line.
News: VanVleet totaled 22 points (6-14 FG, 5-11 3Pt, 5-5 FT), two rebounds and a steal across 34 minutes in the Raptors' win over the Warriors on Thursday.
Impact: VanVleet had a career night, notching 22 points and hitting five three-pointers. He scored 12 points in the fourth quarter of a tightly contested game and came through in the clutch in the series-clinching win. His journey from an undrafted player out of Wichita State to a pivotal Finals contributor is an interesting storyline to take away from this year's championship run.
News: Gasol posted 17 points (4-6 FG, 2-3 3Pt, 7-8 FT), eight rebounds and two assists across 31 minutes during the Raptors' 106-105 loss to the Warriors in Game 5 of the NBA Finals on Monday.
Impact: Gasol was undeniably effective when out on the floor, but foul trouble prevented him from an even bigger night. The veteran big man has alternated single- and double-digit scoring efforts throughout the first five games of the series, and he now has a pair of 17-point tallies over his last three games. Gasol will look to hit double digits in the scoring column in consecutive postseason contests for the first time since Games 3 and 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals in Thursday's potentially series-clinching Game 6.
News: Ibaka totaled 15 points (5-8 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 5-6 FT), six rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block across 17 minutes during the Raptors' 106-105 loss to the Warriors in Game 5 of the NBA Finals on Monday.
Impact: Ibaka paced the second unit in scoring once again with another highly efficient shooting performance. The big man has drained 14 of 20 attempts combined over the last two games, leading to consecutive double-digit point tallies. The one caveat is that Ibaka has run into foul trouble in both contests despite playing a modest amount of minutes. However, he'll naturally be relied on for his contributions on both ends of the floor as the Raptors take another shot at clinching their first NBA title in Thursday's Game 6.
News: Siakam delivered 12 points (6-15 FG, 0-4 3Pt, 0-1 FT), four rebounds, two assists and one steal across 34 minutes during the Raptors' 106-105 loss to the Warriors in Game 5 of the NBA Finals on Monday.
Impact: Siakam wasn't able to offer much besides scoring, but he did generate his seventh straight double-digit point total of the postseason. The big man's rebounds were at their low point of the current series, however, as Siakam had posted no fewer than six boards in any contest against the Warriors prior to Monday. The 25-year-old will look to up his stat line across the board as the Raptors once again try for a series-clinching win in Game 6 on Thursday.
News: Lowry managed 18 points (8-16 FG, 1-6 3Pt, 1-2 FT), six assists, four rebounds, two blocks and one steal across 42 minutes during the Raptors' 106-105 loss to the Warriors in Game 5 of the NBA Finals on Monday.
Impact: Lowry bounced back from another postseason clunker with a highly efficient shooting performance Monday, but it was his final miss of the night that looms the largest. Fittingly, given his long tenure with the franchise, Lowry found himself with the ball in his hands and the chance to drain a buzzer-beating bucket that would have given the Raptors their first NBA title. Instead, the veteran point guard missed the rim altogether on the difficult corner-three attempt, hitting the side of the backboard as time expired. It was an otherwise productive effort for Lowry, who'd shot just 25.0 percent in Game 4. The multi-time All-Star has just a 36.7 percent success rate overall thus far in the series, however, a figure he'll need to continue to improve on to give Toronto a better shot at victory in Thursday's Game 6 at Oracle Arena.
News: Leonard generated 26 points (9-24 FG, 2-7 3Pt, 6-8 FT), 12 rebounds, six assists, two steals and two blocks across 41 minutes during the Raptors' 106-105 loss to the Warriors in Game 5 of the NBA Finals on Monday.
Impact: Leonard's final line was certainly a productive one from a fantasy perspective, but the All-Star wing was far from efficient. After bouncing back from a pair of sub-par shooting efforts in Games 1 and 2 with significantly improved accuracy over the last pair of contests, Leonard scuffled again during a majority of Game 5. It appeared that he'd found his stroke at just the right time during a three-minute-plus stretch of the fourth quarter, when he quickly piled up 12 points on 5-for-5 shooting. However, Leonard subsequently misfired on his final two attempts, and he was forced to pass on the Raptors' final possession with the Warriors playing excellent defense against him. Leonard does now have four double-doubles over his last six postseason games and will look to help the Raptors capture the NBA championship in enemy territory during Thursday's Game 6 at Oracle Arena.
News: VanVleet (face) will play in Monday's Game 5 against the Warriors.
Impact: VanVleet suffered a facial laceration in Game 4, but he managed to avoid a concussion and will be ready to roll for Game 5. He's averaged 33.3 minutes, 12.8 points, 3.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists through the first four games of the NBA Finals.
News: Van Vleet (face) suffered a facial laceration but avoided a concussion in the Raptors' Game 4 win over the Warriors, Eric Koreen of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Van Vleet took a blow to the head during Game 4 that looked severe but fortunately didn't result in an injury that will sideline Van Vleet for long. Though he had to exit Game 4 early it seems likely that he'll be able to play and see his typical minutes in Game 5. Expect confirmation on his status prior to Monday's tilt.
News: Ibaka totaled 20 points 9-12 FG, 1-1 3Pt, 1-1 FT), four rebounds, two blocks, and one assist in 22 minutes during Fridays 105-92 victory over Golden State in Game 4 of the NBA Finals.
Impact: Ibaka came off the bench, playing just 22 minutes, but was certainly a positive for the Raptors, dropping 20 points on 9-of-12 shooting. He added another two blocks, continuing to bring the defense as the Raptors push for their first NBA championship. Ibaka will remember the last time he had a 3-1 lead over the Warriors as a member of the Thunder and will be doing everything in his power to try and avoid the same result Monday.
News: Siakam ended with 19 points (6-14 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 7-8 FT), five rebounds, one assist, and one block in 41 minutes during Friday's 105-92 victory over the Warriors.
Impact: Siakam put up a modest line in Friday's Game 4 victory, coming away with 19 points to go with just five rebounds and one blocked shot. The victory means the Raptors will now return home for Game 5, just one win away from an NBA Championship. Siakam has certainly been more than impactful across the series despite some inconsistencies and has more than held his own against the likes of Draymond Green and DeMarcus Cousins. The Raptors are far from a sure thing after losing their most recent home game and Siakam will need to be at his best if they are to indeed take care of the Warriors on Monday.
News: Leonard finished with 36 points(11-22 FG, 5-9 3Pt, 9-9 FT), 12 rebounds,. four steals, two assists, and one block in 41 minutes during Friday's 105-92 victory over the Warriors in Game 4 of the NBA Finals.
Impact: Leonard and the Raptors moved to within one victory of their maiden NBA championship, accounting for the Warriors to the tune of 13 points. Both teams struggled in the first half, however, Leonard did enough to keep the Raptors close, eventually taking control during the third and fourth quarters. Leonard has been magnificent across the duration of the playoffs and within striking distance of securing his legacy north of the border, no matter where he chooses to take his trade this offseason. The series will now head back to Toronto for Game 5 where the Raptors will look to wrap things up in front of what is sure to be a determined home crowd.
News: VanVleet left Friday's Game 4 matchup against the Warriors in the fourth quarter after suffering a facial laceration.
Impact: The injury occurred during a collision with Shaun Livingston as he drove to the hoop. VanVleet started the second half over Danny Green and was seeing a healthy minutes before the injury occurred. Expect an update on his status once the Raptors provide more clarity on the situation.
News: Gasol finished with 17 points (6-11 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 4-4 FT), seven rebounds and four assists across 26 minutes during the Raptors' 123-109 win over the Warriors in Game 3 of the NBA Finals on Wednesday.
Impact: Gasol was one of several Raptors to bounce back from poor Game 2 efforts, with the big man equaling his second-highest scoring tally of the postseason. The 34-year-old has seen his offensive usage and accuracy fluctuate significantly throughout the playoffs, so it remains to be seen if he'll be able to follow up with a second consecutive productive effort in Friday's Game 4.
News: Siakam furnished 18 points (8-16 FG, 0-3 3Pt, 2-2 FT), nine rebounds and six assists across 39 minutes during the Raptors' 123-109 win over the Warriors in Game 3 of the NBA Finals on Wednesday.
Impact: Siakam turned in a solid all-around performance and bounced back impressively from a 5-for-18 shooting effort in Game 2 on Sunday. The emerging forward has been a force on the glass throughout the first three games of the Finals, hauling in either eight or nine rebounds in each contest. While he's been prone to the occasional clunker on the scoreboard this postseason, Siakam remains an integral component of the Raptors' attack heading into a critical Game 4 showdown on Friday night.
News: Green tallied 18 points (6-10 FG, 6-10 3Pt), five rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block across 27 minutes during the Raptors' 123-109 win over the Warriors in Game 3 of the NBA Finals on Wednesday.
Impact: Green had been unable to follow up an excellent season from three-point range with consistent success from distance during the playoffs, but Wednesday was certainly an exception. The veteran wing accumulated all of his scoring courtesy of his long-range marksmanship, posting his highest point total of the postseason in the process. Green is now draining 47.6 percent of his attempts from behind the arc over the first three games of the Finals, a trend he'll look to keep alive in Friday's critical Game 4.
News: Lowry supplied 23 points (8-16 FG, 5-9 3Pt, 2-2 FT), nine assists, four rebounds, one steal and one block across 43 minutes during the Raptors' 123-109 win over the Warriors in Game 3 of the NBA Finals on Wednesday.
Impact: Lowry had vowed to be more aggressive in Game 3 after a relatively modest effort in last Sunday's Game 2 loss, and he made good on that promise. The veteran point guard equaled a high-water mark for this current postseason with nine attempts from behind the arc, while his five made threes qualified as his best showing in that category since Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals against the Bucks. Lowry surpassed his combined scoring total from Games 1 and 2 of the Finals by three points Wednesday, and he'll strive to put together an equally impressive performance in Friday's pivotal Game 4.
News: Leonard compiled 30 points (9-17 FG, 2-6 3Pt, 10-11 FT), seven rebounds, six assists, two steals and two blocks across 38 minutes during the Raptors' 123-109 win over the Warriors in Game 3 of the NBA Finals on Wednesday.
Impact: Leonard got plenty of help from his teammates in the win, as all five members of the Raptors' first unit hit double digits in the scoring column. That was the byproduct of much more equitable distribution of usage than usual, with Leonard's 17 attempts still a team high but checking in as his second-lowest figure in that category over the last five postseason games. However, Leonard's best shooting performance since Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals helped lead him to a second consecutive 30-point effort. He'll look to help Toronto take a commanding 3-1 series lead in Game 4 on Friday night.
News: VanVleet totaled 17 points (7-17 FG, 2-8 3Pt, 1-1 FT), four rebounds, three steals and two assists over 38 minutes in the Raptors' loss to the Warriors on Sunday.
Impact: VanVleet posted 17 big points off the bench on Sunday, finishing as the team's second highest scorer behind only Kawhi Leonard. Over his last four games, VanVleet has averaged 16.8 points and four made three pointers. He's averaging just over 35 minutes per game and makes an interesting daily play due to his recent scoring.
News: Siakam totaled 12 points (5-18 FG, 0-3 3Pt, 2-4 FT), eight rebounds and five assists over 41 minutes in the Raptors' loss to the Warriors on Sunday.
Impact: Siakam followed up his enormous Game 1 stat line with a bit of a letdown performance in Game 2, having trouble hitting a shot and racking up four fouls. His 18 shot attempts showed that he was still involved on offense, but his lack of blocks or steals was concerning, considering his defensive abilities. Despite the bad night shooting, Siakam has a great chance to bounce back in Game 3 on Wednesday at Oracle Arena.
News: Lowry finished with 13 points (4-11 FG, 3-7 3Pt, 2-3 FT), two assists, one rebound and one steal over 28 minutes in the Raptors' loss to the Warriors on Sunday.
Impact: Lowry put up a huge dud in Sunday's loss, scoring just 13 points and doing little else to help his teammates. Lowry's streaky shooting and overall inconsistent play from night to night has been especially apparent in the postseason throughout his career. He's come up small in the Finals thus far, with averages of 10.0 points, 5.5 assists and 3.5 rebounds over the first two games of the series.
News: Leonard totaled 34 points (8-20 FG, 2-9 3Pt, 16-16 FT), 14 rebounds, three assists, one block and one steal over 39 minutes in the Raptors' loss to the Warriors on Sunday.
Impact: Leonard was cold from the floor in Sunday's loss, though his perfect 16-16 shooting from the charity stripe buoyed his scoring total for a game-high 34 points. His 14 boards contributed to a huge double-double, but with poor efforts from the rest of the starting lineup, Leonard's monster stat line wasn't enough to grab a win in Game 2.
News: Anunoby (abdomen) will be active for Sunday's Game 2 against the Warriors but head coach Nick Nurse said he will not play, Blake Murphy of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Anunoby has lost a lot of weight and will likely need some time to get his conditioning in order, but the swingman is still technically available off the bench Sunday night. Look for Anunoby to potentially make his postseason debut later in this series.
News: Anunoby (abdomen) is probable for Sunday's Game 2 against the Warriors.
Impact: An appendectomy has prevented Anunoby from playing since early April, but it appears he's healthy enough to take part in the Finals. It's not immediately clear what sort of role he'll play, but Anunoby showed versatility on defense during the regular season.
News: VanVleet compiled 15 points (5-8 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 4-6 FT), two assists, and one rebound in 33 minutes during Thursday's 118-109 victory over Golden State.
Impact: VanVleet continued his excellent play of late, scoring 15 points off the bench in Thursday's nine-point victory. Despite limited production outside of scoring, VanVleet found himself on the floor down the stretch, making some huge plays as the Warriors started to draw close. The Raptors basically went with a seven-man rotation and it would appear that VanVleet is going to figure heavily moving forward. Fans will be hoping for more of the same from the undrafted sensation as the Raptors look to take a 2-0 series lead.
News: Gasol totaled 20 points (6-10 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 6-6 FT), seven rebounds, two steals, one assist, and one block in 30 minutes during Thursday's 118-109 victory over Golden State.
Impact: Gasol was limited by foul trouble Thursday but still managed to put in a dominant performance as the Raptors held serve, winning Game 1 of the NBA Finals. He has started to round into form at the right time and certainly provides a solid anchor for the Raptors defense. Despite not being the player he was only a couple of seasons ago, Gasol has been crucial for the Raptors and should continue to find himself on the floor more than Serge Ibaka in what is a somewhat favorable matchup.
News: Siakam ended with 32 points (14-17 FG, 2-3 3Pt, 2-2 FT), eight rebounds, five assists, two blocks, and one steal in 40 minutes during Thursday's 118-109 victory over the Warriors.
Impact: Siakam was the best player on the floor Thursday, leading the Raptors to their first ever NBA Finals victory. On a night Kawhi Leonard struggled with an ongoing leg injury, it was Siakam who stepped up on both ends of the floor, including a playoff career-high 32 points on 14-of-17 shooting. The Warriors are going to have to make some adjustments prior to Game 2 with Draymond Green the player likely to find himself guarding Siakam. Numbers such as this are going to be tough to replicate moving forward but with Kevin Durant (calf) likely out once again, Siakam certainly poses a threat in terms of matchups.
News: Leonard finished with 23 points (5-14 FG, 3-6 3Pt, 10-12 FT), eight rebounds, five assists, and one steal in 43 minutes during Thursday's 118-109 victory over the Warriors.
Impact: Leonard helped the Raptors to an impressive nine-point victory in Game 1 of the NBA Finals but appeared troubled by an ongoing leg issue. He was certainly not as explosive as he had been throughout the Conference Finals, however, still played a team-high 43 minutes. It would appear as though he is going to play through the injury as long as he is physically able. Both teams will get two nights off before lining up again Sunday, meaning Leonard will at least be able to garner himself some rest as the Raptors push for a 2-0 series lead.
News: Anunoby (abdomen) won't play in Thursday's Game 1 against the Warriors, Blake Murphy of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Anunoby hasn't played since early April due to his appendectomy but he's nearing a return. While he won't suit up for Game 1 the team is hopeful that he'll be active for Game 2 on Sunday.
News: Anunoby (appendectomy) was upgraded to questionable for Thursday's Game 1 against the Warriors, Blake Murphy of The Athletic reports.
Impact: While Anunoby is officially questionable for the first time since undergoing his appendectomy, the expectation heading into the series has been that he will not be ready until closer to Game 4. It is possible, however, that the Raptors have found new reason to be optimistic about the swingman's chances of playing. The team should have a more concrete update at some point on Thursday.
News: Anunoby has been moving well during practice and is likely "10 days away from playing", Eric Koreen of The Athletic reports.
Impact: The update comes courtesy of head coach Nick Nurse during his introductory NBA Finals media session. The specific timetable would mean the second-year guard could return for Game 4 of the NBA Finals, if not sooner. Anunoby has not played since April 9 after undergoing an emergency appendectomy.
News: The Raptors are "cautiously optimistic" that Anunoby (appendectomy) will be able to contribute at some point during the team's NBA Finals series with the Warriors, Ryan Wolstat of the Toronto Sun reports.
Impact: Anunoby hasn't suited up since April 9 and has yet to resume practicing, so it seems like he'll be a long shot to make it back for the Game 1 matchup on Thursday. Even if he progresses to the point where he's available for a more limited role later in the series, Anunoby would still provide the Raptors with a quality defense option on the wing on the occasions when Kawhi Leonard needs to catch a breather.
News: McCaw (personal) is active for Saturday's Game 6 against the Bucks, Blake Murphy of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Murphy previously indicated that McCaw had rejoined the team but was still listed as out for Saturday, though that no longer appears to be the case. Regardless, McCaw is unlikely to play a significant role as he hasn't seen game action since May 9 and averaged only 5.1 minutes in the playoffs before missing time due to the personal matter.
News: McCaw (personal) is listed as out for Saturday's Game 6 matchup with Milwaukee, Blake Murphy of The Athletic reports.
Impact: McCaw has rejoined the team but will not be available to play as the Raptors have a chance to clinch a berth to the NBA Finals. The 23-year-old hasn't seen game action since May 9 and it's unclear if or when the team expects him to retake the court.
News: VanVleet amassed 21 points (7-13 FG, 7-9 3Py), one rebound, one assist, and one steal in 37 minutes during Thursday's 105-99 victory over Milwaukee.
Impact: VanVleet caught fire Thursday, dropping a career-best seven triples in the Game 5 victory over the Bucks. In fact, his entire points total was a culmination of his three-point prowess, factoring in heavily when looking at the end result. The Raptors will be hoping for a similar performance Saturday when they host the Bucks in what is now a potential series-ending game.
News: Siakam totaled 14 points (5-15 FG, 2-7 3Pt, 2-2 FT), 13 rebounds, three blocks, two assists, and one steal in 36 minutes during Thursday's 105-99 victory over the Bucks.
Impact: Siakam struggled from the field during Thursday's impressive road victory but was able to contribute across the board in a well-rounded performance. Siakam has been relatively inconsistent across most of the playoffs but tends to find ways to have value even when he is below par on the offensive end. The Raptors will now head for Game 6 where a victory would send them to their first ever NBA Finals.
News: Leonard finished with 35 points (11-25 FG, 5-8 3Pt, 8-9 FT), nine assists, seven rebounds, and two steals in 40 minutes during Thursday's 105-99 victory over the Bucks.
Impact: Leonard was clearly the best player on the floor Thursday, dropping a game-high 35 points in a pivotal Game 5 victory on the road. After appearing somewhat lethargic in his previous outing, Leonard was back to his best here with a number of big plays down the stretch. As well as his scoring output, Leonard also managed to hand out a career-high nine assists, outlining his overall value to this Raptors outfit. Game 6 will be in Toronto on Saturday and is almost certainly the most important game in franchise history. Leonard has endeared himself to the fans and a victory would ensure his legacy despite only one season north of the border.
News: McCaw (personal) is listed as out Thursday for the Raptors' Game 5 matchup with the Bucks.
Impact: McCaw hasn't seen any postseason action in two weeks and is uncertain to rejoin the Raptors before the Eastern Conference Finals concludes. Even if he makes it back for Game 6 or any contests that might follow, McCaw won't hold a major role in coach Nick Nurse's rotation.
News: Raptors coach Nick Nurse said Wednesday that Lowry is still playing through pain in his right hand, Raptors radio play-by-play man Eric Smith reports.
Impact: This isn't exactly breaking news, as Lowry has battled the after-effects of a dislocated right thumb for much of the postseason. It hasn't seemed impact him in this current series against Milwaukee, however, as Lowry holds averages of 20.3 points, 5.3 rebounds and 4.3 assists, while shooting 52 percent from the field and 48 percent from three through four games.
News: Head coach Nick Nurse said Wednesday that Anunoby (abdomen) is without a timetable for a return, Michael Grange of Sportsnet.ca reports.
Impact: It always seemed like a long-shot that Anunoby would be healthy enough to return during the Eastern Conference Finals, but the fact that the swingman still is not taking part in contact portions of practices suggests that he is still a ways away. At this point, it would be surprising if Anunoby was active at any point during what is left of this postseason.
News: Lowry totaled 25 points (6-11 FG, 3-7 3Pt, 10-10 FT), six assists and five rebounds across 34 minutes in the Raptors' win over the Bucks on Tuesday.
Impact: After scoring 30 in Game 1, Lowry scored just 26 points combined in Games 2 and 3, before his 25-point performance in Game 4. He has a track record of up-and-down performances in the playoffs, so forecasting his stat lines on a nightly basis will be a bit unpredictable.
News: Powell totaled 18 points (6-18 FG, 4-13 3Pt, 2-3 FT), five rebounds, three assists and a steal across 32 minutes in the Raptors' win over the Bucks on Tuesday.
Impact: Powell finished with 18 points, hitting four triples in Tuesday's win. He was extremely aggressive, jacking up 18 shots and 13 threes, both easily his most attempts in the playoffs. Powell has been very involved in the offense as of late, averaging 17 points in 29 minutes in the Raptors' last three games. Expect the usage to continue with his recent productivity.
News: Leonard totaled 19 points (6-13 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 6-8 FT), seven rebounds, four steals, two blocks and an assist across 34 minutes in the Raptors' win over the Bucks on Tuesday.
Impact: Leonard put up an unusually low 19 points after scoring at least 20 points in 12 straight games and at least 30 in his last four. He played a career-high 52 minutes in Sunday's Game 3 win, and clearly showed signs of fatigue in Game 4. With the series evened up at two games apiece, Leonard will have just a couple days' rest ahead of a big Game 5 on Thursday.
News: Ibaka finished with 17 points (7-12 FG, 0-3 3Pt, 3-3 FT), 13 rebounds, two assists and a steal across 24 minutes in the Raptors' win over the Bucks on Tuesday.
Impact: Ibaka came up big in Tuesday's win, finishing strong with a double-double. He cleaned up on the glass, grabbing 13 boards, including four on the offensive end. His 17 points match a 2019 playoff high, and his 13 rebounds are his most of this postseason. Ibaka has put up middling production through the Raptors' playoff run, so games like this will be difficult to replicate on a regular basis.
News: Anunoby (abdomen) will not play in Tuesday's Game 4 against the Bucks, Ryan Wolstat of the Toronto Sun reports.
Impact: Anunoby hasn't played since the final game of the regular season as he recovers from an emergency appendectomy. The Raptors haven't released a timetable, but Anunoby's chances to return during the Eastern Conference Finals appear slim.
News: McCaw (personal) will not be available for Tuesday's Game 4 against Milwaukee, Ryan Wolstat of the Toronto Sun reports.
Impact: McCaw hasn't played since Game 6 against Philadelphia, and at this point it's unclear if the Raptors expect to get him back at any point during the postseason.
News: Gasol amassed 16 points (5-10 FG, 4-8 3Pt, 2-2 FT), 12 rebounds, seven assists, five blocks, and one steal in 45 minutes during Sunday's 118-112 victory over Milwaukee.
Impact: Gasol was excellent for the Raptors during their Game 3 victory, putting in his best performance of the playoffs thus far. After a rough night on 48 hours prior, Gasol certainly appeared more focused on both ends of the floor, finally getting his eye in from the perimeter nailing four triples. He also blocked five shots to round out a great night for the veteran, helping the Raptors to an important victory. Serge Ibaka was limited to just 14 minutes in the double-overtime thriller, an indication of how well Gasol was playing. He will look to replicate these numbers when the Raptors host the Bucks in Game 4 of the series Tuesday.
News: Powell ended with 19 points (7-13 FG, 3-5 3Pt, 2-2 FT), four rebounds, three assists, and one steal in 30 minutes during Sunday's 118-112 victory over Milwaukee.
Impact: Powell put in another strong offensive game Sunday, coming away with 19 points on 7-of-13 shooting. With Kyle Lowry, Fred VanVleet, and Danny Green all struggling, it was Powell who provided some much-needed offense off the bench. That makes two nice outings for Powell who continues to push for more playing time. The Raptors will be hoping he can maintain his recent form heading into Game 4 as they look to level things up at 2-2.
News: Siakam totaled 25 points (9-18 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 5-9 FT), 11 rebounds, three steals, one assist, and one block in 51 minutes during Sunday's 118-112 victory over the Bucks.
Impact: Siakam atoned for his recent slump, pouring in 25 points to go with 11 rebounds in a whopping 51 minutes of playing time. The Raptors made hard work of it but they eventually accounted for the Bucks in double-overtime, pulling to within one game of leveling the Eastern Conference Finals. It was Siakam's best game in quite some time and was certainly a welcome sight for Raptors fans who had to be frustrated with his efforts of late. Game 4 will be in Toronto on Tuesday and Siakam is going to need to put in a repeat performance if they are to head back to Milwaukee tied at 2-2.
News: Leonard finished with 36 points (11-25 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 12-13 FT), nine rebounds, five assists, two steals, and one block in 52 minutes during Sunday's 118-112 victory over the Bucks.
Impact: It took double-overtime to do it but the Raptors were eventually able to carve out their first win of the series Sunday, on the back of a game-high 36 points from Leonard. He once again put the team on his back but certainly received some help this time around. All three games have now gone to the home team although this one was in doubt late. Leonard doesn't appear to be playing at 100 percent right now but as we have seen time and time again, an understrength Leonard is still basically as good as anyone else on the floor not named Giannis Antetokounmpo.
News: McCaw (personal) is listed as out for Sunday's Game 3 against Milwaukee.
Impact: It'll be the third straight absence for McCaw, who continues to deal with a personal matter.
News: Anunoby (abdomen) is listed as out for Sunday's Game 3 against the Bucks.
Impact: The Raptors are still holding out a semblance of hope that Anunoby could return at some point, but it doesn't appear he's overly close to getting back on the court at this time. The defensive-minded wing hasn't played since the regular season finale on April 9.
News: Gasol had just two points (1-9 FG, 0-2 3Pt), five rebounds, one assist, and one block in 19 minutes during Friday's 125-103 loss to the Bucks.
Impact: Gasol was dreadful during Friday's blowout loss in Game of the Eastern Conference Finals, coming away with just two points on 1-of-9 shooting. It was a frustrating night for the veteran as he struggled to find any rhythm, continuing his questionable production of late. Gasol was not brought in especially for his scoring ability but certainly needs to be better than this if the Raptors are to make this a competitive series. He will look to bounce back in Game 3 at home, a game that is basically now a must-win for the Raptors.
News: Powell tallied 14 points (6-9 FG, 2-4 3Pt), four rebounds, and two assists in 25 minutes during Friday's 125-103 loss to Milwaukee.
Impact: On what was a disappointing night for the Raptors, Powell at least showed signs of life, ending with 14 points including a pair of three-pointers. He has outplayed Danny Green in both Game 1 and 2 and there is certainly a case for him to be seeing more court time, perhaps even sliding into the starting lineup. Whatever happens, the Raptors are going to need a lot more from anyone not named Kawhi Leonard if they are to get a look at reaching the NBA Finals.
News: Leonard finished with 31 points (10-18 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 10-10 FT), eight rebounds, two assists, and one block in 38 minutes during Friday's 125-103 loss to the Bucks.
Impact: Leonard almost outscored the rest of the Raptors starting unit by himself Friday, dropping 31 points in another impressive performance. Unfortunately for the Raptors, they are now behind 2-0, trailing a Bucks team that seems intent on wrapping things up quickly. Leonard's production has been simply amazing throughout the playoffs but he will need a number of other players to step up if they hope to turn this into a competitive series.
News: McCaw (personal) is out for Friday's Game 2 against the Bucks, Blake Murphy of The Athletic reports.
Impact: McCaw will miss a second straight game due to a personal issue. The situation shouldn't affect the Raptors' rotation much, as he has yet to see double-digit minutes in any playoff game.
News: Siakam totaled 15 points (6-20 FG, 2-9 3Pt, 1-2 FT), six rebounds, three assists, one steal and a block over 42 minutes in the Raptors' loss to the Bucks on Wednesday.
Impact: Siakam put up a disappointing stat line in the Raptors' Game 1 loss, shooting just 30 percent from the field and failing to make a noticeable impact on either end of the floor. As a key contributor to the Raptors' playoff success thus far, he'll need to bounce back in Game 2 on Friday to help the Raptors even the series before heading back to Toronto.
News: Lowry totaled 30 points (10-15 FG, 7-9 3Pt, 3-4 FT), eight rebounds, two assists and a steal over 40 minutes in the Raptors' loss to the Bucks on Wednesday.
Impact: Lowry caught fire in this one, draining seven three-pointers on his way to a 30-point outing. With most of the Raptors' squad struggling to get a bucket, it was Lowry who hit some big shots in the fourth quarter to keep Toronto in the game before Milwaukee went on a late run to seal the win. Lowry has a history of inconsistent playoff performances, but he is capable of big games like this on any given night.
News: Leonard totaled 31 points (10-26 FG, 1-5 3Pt, 10-10 FT), nine rebounds, three steals and two assists over 41 minutes in the Raptors' loss to the Bucks on Wednesday.
Impact: He wasn't his usual efficient self on Wednesday, but Leonard still managed to rack up 31 points, thanks in part to going a perfect 10-10 from the charity stripe. With the Raptors' bench struggling and the team only going eight deep, it looks like Leonard will have to put up Herculean efforts in every game if the Raptors hope to make this a competitive series.
News: Gasol finished with six points (2-11 FG, 2-7 3Pt), 12 rebounds, five assists and two blocks over 40 minutes in the Raptors' loss to the Bucks on Wednesday.
Impact: Although he didn't contribute much on the offensive end of the floor, Gasol was a force on the boards and swatted two shots. He also handed out five assists in what was a solid all-around effort, albeit in a loss. He'll need to be all-in defensively moving forward if the Raptors hope to steal Game 2 in Milwaukee.
News: Boucher (back) is available to play Wednesday versus Milwaukee, Blake Murphy of The Athletic reports.
Impact: As expected, Boucher, who has been out since April 13 nursing a back injury, will be ready to take the court if needed for Game 1 of the 2019 Eastern Conference Finals on Wednesday against Milwaukee.
News: McCaw will not play Wednesday in Game 1 against the Bucks due to a personal matter.
Impact: As of Tuesday night, McCaw was expected to be available, but that's no longer the case, and the Raptors will not have his services off the bench. McCaw saw time in five of seven games against the Sixers in Round 2, but he played mostly in mop-up duty, logging just 25 total minutes for the series.
News: The Raptors list Boucher (back) as probable Wednesday for Game 1 of the team's Eastern Conference Finals series with the Bucks.
Impact: Though Boucher has seemingly moved past the back issue that kept him unavailable for much of the Raptors' seven-game second-round series with Philadelphia, he's not a lock to be active Wednesday. Boucher has yet to make a postseason appearance and isn't a fixture in coach Nick Nurse's rotation even when healthy.
News: Lowry, who dislocated his right thumb during Game 7 against the 76ers, said he's had some trouble gripping the ball, but that he'll be fine for Wednesday's Game 1 against the Bucks, Josh Lewenberg of TSN.ca reports.
Impact: Lowry insisted that he'll play and be fine for Game 1, but his issues gripping the ball are noteworthy. Lowry shot just 40.2 percent from the field and 25.6 percent from three in the series against Philly, and another poor shooting effort against a stronger team could make things difficult for the Raptors.
News: Anunoby (abdomen) has been ruled out of Wednesday's Game 1 against the Bucks, Tim Bontemps of ESPN reports.
Impact: No surprise here, considering Anunoby hasn't played at all in the postseason, but the Raptors did get some encouraging news when the second-year forward was able to go through some light drills at Tuesday's practice. Still, it remains unclear as to whether Anunoby will have a legitimate chance to return at some point during Round 3.
News: Anunoby (abdomen) was back at practice Tuesday and went through some light work, Blake Murphy of The Athletic reports.
Impact: The Raptors haven't issued an update on Anunoby in a couple of weeks, but this looks to be a step in the right direction as he works back from an appendectomy that's kept him out since the final game of the regular season. At this point, it's unclear if Anunoby will have a realistic chance to return during the Eastern Conference Finals.
News: Lowry contributed 10 points (4-13 FG, 1-7 3Pt, 1-1 FT), six rebounds, six assists, and two steals in 39 minutes during Friday's 92-90 victory over the 76ers.
Impact: Lowry put up solid enough production Sunday but it was his impact away from the stat sheet that speaks volumes. He provides a consistent defensive presence and currently leads the playoffs in charges taken. The Raptors are now headed for the Conference Finals, a position that certainly validates some of the offseason moves. Lowry will be looking to find some rhythm on the offensive end, so as to provide support to the likes of Kawhi Leonard and Pascal Siakam who both continue to carry the team offensively.
News: Siakam had 11 points (4-11 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 3-4 FT), 11 rebounds, two assists, and two steals in 38 minutes during Sunday's 92-90 victory over the 76ers.
Impact: Siakam, along with a basically the rest of the Raptors, struggled from the field Monday, ending with just 11 points on 4-of-11 shooting. That being said, he salvaged the line by hauling in 11 rebounds to go with a pair of steals. The Raptors were able to account for a tenacious 76ers team on the back of a ridiculous buzzer-beater from Kawhi Leonard. The victory puts them into the Eastern Conference Finals, yet another opportunity for Siakam to build on what has been an amazing season.
News: Ibaka tallied 17 points (6-10 FG, 3-5 3Pt, 2-2 FT), eight rebounds, and three assists in 29 minutes during Sunday's 92-90 victory over Philadelphia.
Impact: Ibaka had arguably his best game of the playoffs thus far, coming through at just the right time for the Raptors. Kawhi Leonard outscored the rest of the starters combined and so Ibaka's 17 points were invaluable in what was a low scoring Game 7. The Raptors will now move on to face an imposing Bucks outfit for the right to represent the East in the NBA Finals. Despite coming off the bench, Ibaka continues to be a key piece of the Raptors rotation and the hope will be that he can continue this sort of production moving forward after what had been a quiet post-season.
News: Leonard finished with 41 points (16-39 FG, 2-9 3Pt, 7-8 FT), eight rebounds, three assists, and three steals in 43 minutes during Sunday's 92-90 victory over the 76ers in Game 7 of the series.
Impact: Leonard sank a ridiculous baseline jumper as the buzzer expired to propel the Raptors into the Eastern Conference Finals, wrapping up what has been a simply unbelievable series for the forward. After missing a crucial free-throw attempt only seconds earlier, Leonard atoned for the error, nailing what will be remembered as one of the more improbable shots in playoff history. He has certainly justified the decision to trade away DeMar DeRozan in the offseason and now sits on the cusp of helping the Raptors advance to their first-ever NBA Finals appearance. Toronto will begin its series with the Bucks on Wednesday.
News: Boucher (back) won't play in Game 7 on Sunday against Philadelphia.
Impact: Boucher will unsurprisingly remain out for the last contest of the series. He hasn't taken the court since April 9 due to back spasms.
News: Gasol generated seven points (3-8 FG, 0-3 3Pt, 1-2 FT), four assists, three rebounds, two bocks, and one steal in 36 minutes during Thursday's 112-101 Game 6 loss to the 76ers.
Impact: Gasol has earned at least 33 minutes in three straight games, and in four of the six tilts here in the second round. However, he saw his two-game streak of double-digit scoring snapped in this one, and he has been held to single digits in four of six contests in this series as well as in eight of 11 bouts during this postseason run.
News: Ibaka had nine points (3-10 FG, 0-3 3Pt, 3-4 FT), three rebounds, one assist, and one block in 22 minutes during Thursday's 112-101 Game 6 loss to the 76ers.
Impact: Ibaka finished with more field goal attempts than points and fouled out despite seeing fairly limited minutes once again. His inability to slow down Joel Embiid has led to Marc Gasol receiving most of the playing time at center. However, Ibaka has found himself occupying the power forward spot at times, as the Raptors have tried to limit Philadelphia's size advantage. Regardless, Ibaka has been held to single digits in scoring in four of six games here in the second round, and he has exceeded 22 minutes just once.
News: Siakam amassed 21 points (8-16 FG, 2-6 3Pt, 3-4 FT), six rebounds, three assists, and two steals in 33 minutes during Thursday's 112-101 Game 6 loss to the 76ers.
Impact: Siakam contributed in every category except blocks while turning in a quality stat line. Apart from Game 4, in which he scored just nine points on 10 field goal attempts across 29 minutes while dealing with a calf injury, Siakam has scored at least 20 points in every other contest here in the second round. With Kyle Lowry and Marc Gasol providing inconsistent offensive production of late, Siakam will likely need to put forth another strong showing for the Raptors to reach the Eastern Conference Finals.
News: Leonard totaled 29 points (9-20 FG, 0-4 3Pt, 11-12 FT), 12 rebounds, five assists, and one steal in 40 minutes during Thursday's 112-101 Game 6 loss to the 76ers.
Impact: Leonard delivered his fourth double-double through six games in this second round series, and he continues to fill up the stat sheet on a nightly basis here in the postseason. He has missed all eight of his attempts from beyond the arc across the last two contests. Nevertheless, Leonard has been one of the top performers throughout the playoffs, and he'll undoubtedly be in attack mode once again for Sunday's Game 7.
News: Boucher (back) is listed as out for Thursday's Game 6 in Philadelphia.
Impact: Boucher has been battling back spasms since Game 3 of the Raptors' first-round series. Even if he ever is deemed fit to play again, Boucher is not expected to play much of a role this postseason.
News: Green registered 17 points (5-8 FG, 5-7 3Pt, 2-2 FT), five rebounds, and three steals in 28 minutes during Tuesday's 125-89 Game 5 win over the 76ers.
Impact: Green caught fire from beyond the arc and cleaned up defensively, albeit in a game he didn't need to play in down the stretch. He has reached double figures in scoring in three straight tilts, and while he's not the most versatile statistical contributor outside of three-point shooting, Green has been posting decent numbers in the boards and steals departments while earning plenty of minutes.
News: Lowry accumulated 19 points (5-9 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 7-8 FT), six rebounds, five assists, one steal, and one block in 34 minutes during Tuesday's 125-89 Game 5 win over the 76ers.
Impact: Lowry turned in a complete stat line, contributing across every category while amassing over twice as many points as field goal attempts. This is the first time through five second round games that Lowry has made more than 46.2 percent of his field goal attempts. Nevertheless, Lowry has been consistently compiling plenty of counting stats and will look to help his team close out the series during Thursday's Game 6.
News: Leonard produced 21 points (7-16 FG, 0-4 3Pt, 7-8 FT), 13 rebounds, four assists, and two steals in 36 minutes during Tuesday's 125-89 Game 5 win over the 76ers.
Impact: Leonard has logged three double-double across the first five games of the second round, and this is his fourth double-double through 10 tilts this postseason. This was Leonard's lowest minutes total of the series, and it was the first time since round one that he scored less than 33 points. He'll look to help his team reach the Eastern Conference Finals during Thursday's Game 6.
News: Siakam recorded 25 points (7-19 FG, 2-7 3Pt, 9-10 FT), eight rebounds, three assists, two steals, and one block in 34 minutes during Tuesday's 125-89 Game 5 win over the 76ers.
Impact: Siakam was not listed on the injury report after being deemed doubtful heading into Sunday's Game 4, and he showed why he was cleared for this one, providing a strong showing to help the Raptors recapture the series lead. Beyond the calf injury Siakam had been up and down in the second round, especially since 76ers' center Joel Embiid was switched onto him in Game 2. Siakam will look to outdo his fellow countryman once again and help his team advance to the next round during Thursday's Game 6.
News: Ibaka received three stitches for a cut on his head but returned to Tuesday's Game 5 versus the 76ers, Rich Hofmann of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Ibaka exited the game during the first quarter as he caught a stray elbow from teammate Kawhi Leonard, but was able to return to action after the bleeding was addressed in the locker room.
News: Boucher (back) is listed as questionable for Tuesday's Game 5 against Philadelphia, Blake Murphy of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Boucher has been battling back spasms over the last few weeks, and while he may return to availability Tuesday, he's unlikely to be much of a factor in the game plan.
News: Siakam is not listed on the Raptors' injury report ahead of Tuesday's Game 5, Blake Murphy of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Siakam somewhat surprisingly took the floor for Game 4, despite being listed as doubtful on the injury report as recently as Sunday morning. While he struggled and clearly wasn't at 100 percent, Siakam appears intent on continuing to play through the left leg issue, and he'll likely be at his usual spot in the starting lineup Tuesday night as the series shifts back to Toronto.
News: Leonard supplied 39 points (13-20 FG, 5-7 3Pt, 8-12 FT), 14 rebounds and five assists across 43 minutes Sunday in the Raptors' 101-96 triumph over the 76ers in Game 4.
Impact: Leonard was the best player on the floor as the Raptors evened the series and was responsible for the biggest shot of the day. After JJ Redick drilled a three-pointer to cut the 76ers' deficit to one point with 2:07 remaining, Leonard responded with a step-back three near the one-minute mark as the shot clock was expiring to give Toronto a four-point cushion. The forward has topped 30 points in all four games of the series while converting at an incredible 61.8 percent rate from the field.
News: Siakam (calf) opened Sunday's Game 4 matchup with the 76ers as the Raptors' starting power forward.
Impact: After Siakam received the green light to play through his bruised right calf following pregame warmups, it wasn't immediately clear if he would fill his usual starting role or come off the bench. Once the game tipped off, it was revealed that Siakam would work with the top unit, though it remains uncertain if any restrictions with his playing time will be in place. The Raptors may just see how his calf responds early on during the contest rather than implementing a hard minutes limit.
News: Siakam (calf) will be available for Sunday's Game 4 against the 76ers, Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports reports.
Impact: Initially labeled as doubtful for the contest while managing the bruised right calf, Siakam was upgraded to questionable earlier Sunday, then received the green light to play after completing pregame warmups. It's unclear whether Siakam will fill his usual role as the team's starting power forward or have any restrictions with his playing time, however.
News: Lin (back) will be available for Game 4, but he's unlikely to factor into the game plan, Blake Murphy of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Lin has been battling a sore back and while he'll be an option in case of emergency, it doesn't sound as though he's healthy enough to make much of an impact.
News: Siakam (leg) will be a game-time call for Sunday's Game 4 against the Sixers, Blake Murphy of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Siakam was initially considered doubtful so this is a step in the right direction, but his status likely won't be fully clarified until closer to tip.
News: Lin (back) is officially questionable for Game 4 against Philadelphia, Blake Murphy of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Lin's missed the past two games due to back spasms. A third-straight absence wouldn't have much of an effect on Toronto's rotations considering Lin's seen just 16 total minutes of run in four postseason appearances.
News: Siakam is listed as doubtful for Sunday's Game 4 matchup with the 76ers due to a right calf contusion, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports
Impact: Siakam presumably picked up the injury in Thursday's Game 3 loss. He has averaged 36.2 minutes per game in the series, so there will be plenty of minutes to go around should he ultimately sit out. Serge Ibaka figures to be the prime beneficiary, while Norman Powell could also see some more run. Expect an update on his status once the Raptors provide more information on the situation.
News: Siakam totaled 20 points (7-15 FG, 0-3 3Pt, 6-8 FT), three rebounds, one assist, one steal and a block over 34 minutes in the Raptors' loss to the 76ers on Thursday.
Impact: Siakam had an unusually inefficient shooting night, though he got to the free throw line to boost his scoring. His non-scoring stats were a little paltry compared to his recent production, but he remains a surprising bright spot for Toronto.
News: Green totaled 13 points (5-9 FG, 3-6 3Pt), six rebounds and an assist over 34 minutes in the Raptors' loss to the 76ers on Thursday.
Impact: Green finished third on his team in scoring behind Kawhi Leonard (33) and Pascal Siakam (20) in Thursday's loss. He scored his points by knocking down three triples on 50.0 percent shooting from downtown. Green's scoring hinges on his three-point shooting, and he offers little else as a fantasy play.
News: Lowry totaled seven points (2-10 FG, 0-4 3Pt, 3-5 FT), five rebounds, five assists and a steal over 38 minutes in the Raptors' loss to the 76ers on Thursday.
Impact: Lowry had a disappearing act on Thursday, registering just seven points on 20.0 percent shooting from the floor. Unfortunately, streaky performances and coming up small in playoff games has become Lowry's reputation. He's a volatile option in daily lineups.
News: Leonard totaled 33 points (13-22 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 5-5 FT), four rebounds, three assists and a block over 37 minutes in the Raptors' loss to the 76ers on Thursday.
Impact: Leonard delivered another huge offensive outburst on Thursday, leading all scorers with 33 points. Leonard has shouldered the load in his first postseason with the Raptors, averaging 31.3 points in seven games prior to Thursday. Don't expect him to cool off anytime soon as the Raptors play a crucial Game 4 on Sunday to try and tie the series at 2-2.
News: Lin is out for Thursday's Game 3 against the 76ers due to back spasms, Blake Murphy of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Lin is a late scratch for Thursday's contest, though is absence isn't too concerning given that he has yet to see more than six minutes per game in the postseason. Fred VanVleet and Norman Powell could see extra minutes as a result of Lin's absence.
News: Anunoby (abdomen) remains without a firm timetable, but the feeling within the organization is he's not close to returning, Blake Murphy of The Athletic reports. "I think we're a long, long ways away," coach Nick Nurse said.
Impact: Anunoby underwent an appendectomy midway through April, and while he was initially given a timetable of roughly two weeks, he's apparently run into some roadblocks in the recovery process. Expect the second-year forward to remain out through the rest of the Eastern Conference Semifinals and likely longer, based on Nurse's assessment.
News: Boucher (back) will not play during Thursday's Game 3 against Philadelphia, Blake Murphy of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Boucher has yet to appear in a postseason game as he continues to deal with back spasms. That said, he likely wouldn't see time even if he was healthy, as Marc Gasol and Serge Ibaka have the center position locked down.
News: VanVleet had zero points (0-2 FG, 0-1 3Pt), four rebounds, two steals, and one block in 18 minutes during Monday's 94-89 Game 2 loss to the 76ers.
Impact: VanVleet hasn't reached double figures in scoring since the playoff opener, and this was the first time through these first seven postseason tilts that he hasn't earned at least 21 minutes. Philadelphia's overwhelming size makes this is a tough matchup for the diminutive 25-year-old point guard. Still, VanVleet remains an important part of the reserve rotation and will likely continue to earn a fairly ample allotment of minutes going forward.