Toronto Raptors Player News: All Positions

News: Davis scored 19 points (7-10 FG, 3-5 3Pt, 2-2 FT) while adding eight rebounds, five assists and a block in 27 minutes off the bench during Wednesday's 113-97 win over the Magic.
Impact: The points and boards were both career highs for the 22-year-old rookie. Davis has seen an increased role in the Raptors' backcourt since Kyle Lowry (thumb) was sidelined, and he's responded by averaging 11.7 points, 4.2 boards, 3.7 assists and 2.3 three-pointers over the last six games -- sinking at least three treys in four of those contests.
News: Boucher scored 14 points (5-10 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 4-4 FT) while adding 11 rebounds, an assist and a block in 20 minutes off the bench during Wednesday's 113-97 win over the Magic.
Impact: The third-year big has two double-doubles this season, and they've come in the last two games. Boucher is starting to take full advantage of the extra court time afforded him by Serge Ibaka's ankle injury, but with Ibaka potentially returning to the lineup this weekend, Boucher's role is set to shrink.
News: Siakam scored 18 points (7-18 FG, 1-4 3Pt. 3-4 FT) while adding 11 rebounds, four assists, a steal and a block in 35 minutes during Wednesday's 113-97 win over the Magic.
Impact: Unfortunately for Orlando, Nik Vucevic and Aaron Gordon both left the game in the second quarter with ankle injuries, giving the team few options to match up against Siakam in the second half. The double-double was the 25-year-old's sixth of the season, but it's Siakam's consistency on offense that's been truly impressive -- he's scored at least 15 points in every game so far, while sinking at least one three-pointer in every game but one.
News: VanVleet scored a game-high 24 points (10-19 FG, 1-5 3Pt, 3-4 FT) while adding seven assists, two steals and a rebound in 35 minutes during Wednesday's 113-97 win over the Magic.
Impact: The 25-year-old continues to thrive while Kyle Lowry (thumb) is sidelined -- VanVleet is averaging 19.7 points, 8.3 assists, 4.0 boards, 2.7 threes and 2.6 steals in seven games since Lowry got hurt. The fourth-year guard emerged as a star during last year's playoff run, and VanVleet is now proving he can handle running the offense for the Raptors without the team missing a beat.
News: Ibaka (ankle) is out for Wednesday's contest against Orlando, Blake Murphy of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Wednesday's game will mark a sixth straight absence for the center, as Ibaka continues to battle a right ankle sprain. Coach Nick Nurse mentioned though that the 2008 first-round pick could be available for the Raptors' next game against Atlanta on Saturday. In the meantime, Chris Boucher will presumably continue to back-up Marc Gasol at center versus the Magic on Wednesday.
News: Ibaka (ankle) remains without a timetable, but he said Tuesday that his sprained right ankle is feeling "a lot better," Ryan Wolstat of the Toronto Sun reports.
Impact: Ibaka has missed the last five games since suffering the injury back on Nov. 8, and while the Raptors haven't commented on when they expect to have the veteran back, he looks to be moving in the right direction. Coach Nick Nurse had no update on Ibaka -- or Kyle Lowry -- as of Tuesday morning, however, so it may be a stretch for either player to return for Wednesday's game against the Magic. Either way, consider Ibaka day-to-day for the time being.
News: Boucher compiled 11 points (5-11 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 0-1 FT), 11 rebounds and one steal in 18 minutes during Monday's 132-96 win over the Hornets.
Impact: Boucher recorded his first career double-double while finishing with a career high rebounding total. He has stepped up and played an important role off the bench with Serge Ibaka (ankle) missing the last five games, and Boucher will likely remain a decent cheap option in daily leagues for as long as Ibaka remains sidelined.
News: Davis collected 16 points (5-7 FG, 4-5 3Pt, 2-2 FT), seven assists, one rebound and one steal in 21 minutes during Monday's 132-96 win over the Hornets.
Impact: Davis has reached double figures in scoring in three of the last five games, this after going scoreless in four of his first eight tilts. The rookie guard also managed career highs in scoring, assists and made threes in this one, and he has now earned at least 16 minutes in six straight contests after not doing so once through his first seven games. Once Kyle Lowry (thumb) returns Davis may not be as involved anymore, but he's certainly taking advantage of his opportunity to showcase his abilities here in the early going.
News: Powell produced 17 points (7-15 FG, 2-8 3Pt, 1-2 FT), six assists, two rebounds and two steals in 25 minutes during Monday's 132-96 win over the Hornets.
Impact: Powell pitched in a career high assist total, this after draining a career-best six treys in Saturday's loss to the Mavericks. While Kyle Lowry (thumb) is set to be re-evaluated this coming weekend and could potentially return in the near future, Powell and the Raptors will alternate between tough and not-so-tough defensive opponents over the next four games against the Magic (Wednesday), Hawks (Saturday), 76ers (next Monday) and Knicks (next Wednesday). For as long as Lowry remains sidelined, Powell will likely remain a somewhat steady option for many formats.
News: Gasol provided five points (2-4 FG, 1-3 3Pt), nine assists, eight rebounds and one block in 29 minutes during Monday's 132-96 win over the Hornets.
Impact: Gasol finished with a season high assist total while producing in every category except steals. After averaging 24.2 minutes per game in October, Gasol has seen a substantial spike in playing time through eight appearances in November, earning at least 33 minutes four times already. Still, the 34-year-old veteran hasn't been a consistently impactful contributor through 13 games.
News: Anunoby accumulated 24 points (10-13 FG, 4-7 3Pt), five rebounds, two assists and two steals in 27 minutes during Monday's 132-96 win over the Hornets.
Impact: Anunoby was remarkably efficient while finishing with a career high scoring total. While his percentages will more than likely come down a bit over the course of the season, Anunoby has been extremely impressive in the early stages of 2019-20, solidifying himself as one of the league's more well-rounded wings.
News: Johnson (groin) is expected to miss about two weeks, Blake Murphy of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Johnson was ruled out of Monday's matchup against the Hornets shortly before tipoff due to a left groin stress reaction, and the team has since announced that he's expected to sit for two weeks, putting him out until the beginning of December.
News: Johnson will not play Monday against the Hornets due to a left groin stress reaction, Steven Loung of Sportsnet reports.
Impact: It's unclear when Johnson picked up the injury or how long it will keep him sidelined. The 23-year-old hasn't factored heavily into Toronto's rotation this season, appearing in just five games and playing a total of 19 minutes.
News: Ibaka (ankle) has been ruled out for Monday's tilt with the Hornets.
Impact: Ibaka will miss his fifth-straight game as he continues to battle through a right ankle sprain. Considering the initial diagnosis was "pretty severe" there's a good chance that the Raptors could be without Ibaka for at least another week. Look for Chris Boucher to continue to see a boost in run as long as Ibaka's out.
News: Gasol finished with six points (1-7 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 3-3 FT), nine rebounds, two assists, and one steal in 26 minutes during Saturday's 110-102 loss to the Mavericks.
Impact: Gasol held his own on the defensive end during the loss on Saturday but continues to put up uninspiring numbers across the board. He is far from the player he was only two seasons ago and father time certainly appears to have caught up with the veteran. He is fine to have as the last man on your roster, although chances are there could be someone with more upside available on the wire.
News: Boucher compiled just three points, three rebounds, and one block in 12 minutes during Saturday's 110-102 loss to Dallas.
Impact: Boucher disappointed again Saturday, barely troubling the scorers' bench during his 12 minutes on the floor. The upside is certainly there for Boucher but he simply isn't getting the playing time he needs right now. If he fails to turn things around in his next game, it might be time to move on.
News: Powell amassed 26 points (9-15 FG, 6-8 3Pt, 2-3 FT), six rebounds, one assist, and one steal in 32 minutes during Saturday's 110-102 loss to Dallas.
Impact: Powell turned things around after his two-point effort on Wednesday, drilling six triples on his way to a team-high 26 points. Powell is locked in as the starter until Kyle Lowry (thumb) returns and is certainly capable of exploding on the offensive end. Unfortunately, on the nights his shot is not falling, Powell offers very little else from a statistical standpoint, meaning his value is going to be up-and-down despite the consistent role.
News: Anunoby had just eight points and five rebounds in 32 minutes during Saturday's 110-102 loss to the Mavericks.
Impact: Anunoby returned after missing the last game with an eye injury. He moved straight into the starting lineup, playing 32 minutes in the loss. The numbers were not there for Anunoby in this one but the playing time is encouraging and an indication that the injury is not going to cause any concern moving forward.
News: Miller will come off the bench Saturday against the Mavericks, Blake Murphy of The Athletic reports.
Impact: With OG Anunoby (eye) returning to the starting lineup, Miller will resume his usual bench role. He's appeared in just three games this season and hasn't seen more than seven minutes in any contest.
News: Anunoby (eye) will play and start Saturday against the Mavericks, Blake Murphy of The Athletic reports.
Impact: As expected, Anunoby is back following a one-game absence. Prior to the game in which he suffered his injury, he was averaging 13.0 points, 6.2 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 1.4 blocks and 1.3 steals in 33.2 minutes.
News: Anunoby (eye) practiced Friday and is expected to play Saturday against the Mavericks, Eric Smith of Sportsnet 590 The Fan reports.
Impact: Anunoby sat out Wednesday's game after being poked in the eye Monday, but it appears his absence will be limited to one game. Coach Nick Nurse indicated the 22-year-old won't need to wear any additional eye protection. Anunoby is averaging 11.7 points, 5.6 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.3 blocks in 30.0 minutes through 10 games this season.
News: VanVleet tallied 30 points (10-16 FG, 4-6 3Pt, 6-6 FT), seven assists, four rebounds, two steals and one block in 40 minutes Wednesday in the Raptors' 114-106 win over the Trail Blazers.
Impact: Since hitting 12 of 18 attempts from the field during his 34-point performance in the season opener, VanVleet had fallen into a massive shooting slump, converting only 30.8 percent of his shots in the following nine games. The 25-year-old recovered nicely Wednesday, but he's still likely to be a drain in the field-goal percentage category more often not. That being said, VanVleet's counting-stats production -- he's averaging 17.1 points, 7.6 assists, 4.2 rebounds, 2.5 triples and 1.6 steals per game -- is more than enough to offset the poor shooting.
News: Gasol tallied nine points (3-10 FG, 3-5 3Pt), five rebounds, five assists and four blocks in 35 minutes Wednesday in the Raptors' 114-106 win over the Trail Blazers.
Impact: The absence of Serge Ibaka (ankle) for the past three games has opened up 30-plus minutes in each of those contests for Gasol, but he hasn't benefited from any notable spike on the offensive end as a result. While Gasol came through with a season-high block total Wednesday, he again finished with under 10 points for the fourth straight contest. Gasol should continue to get ample minutes while Ibaka is out, but the veteran's diminishing fantasy utility will likely plunge further when Toronto is back to full strength.
News: Siakam tallied 36 points (15-28 FG, 4-7 3Pt, 2-3 FT), six rebounds, three assists, one steal and one block in 41 minutes Wednesday in the Raptors' 114-106 win over the Trail Blazers.
Impact: The Raptors' taxing schedule of late seemed to wear on Siakam, who put up a combined 35 points in Toronto's Sunday/Monday back-to-back set with the Los Angeles teams, but shot just 35.7 percent from the field while handling 40-plus minutes in both contests. Siakam's workload was heavy again Wednesday, but the day off beforehand seemed to be beneficial, as he responded nicely with an efficient outing from the field. With Kahwi Leonard now with the Clippers and Kyle Lowry (thumb) sidelined, Siakam has predictably seen his field-goal percentage fall this season while commanding more attention from the opposition, but his 49.1 percent mark is still quite useful.
News: Miller will start Wednesday's game against Portland, Eric Smith of Sportsnet 590 The Fan reports.
Impact: Miller will start in place of OG Anunoby, who's out with an eye contusion. Miller's seen action in just two games this season, grabbing four rebounds in 10 total minutes and will likely return to the bench pending Anunoby's expected return Saturday.
News: Anunoby has a right eye contusion and won't play Wednesday against the Trail Blazers, Blake Murphy of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Anunoby was poked in the eye Monday and will miss at least one game as a result. The 22-year-old visited with an eye doctor Tuesday, but it's unclear how long he's expected to remain sidelined. Anunoby's next chance to play will be Saturday at Dallas.
News: Hollis-Jefferson totaled nine points (4-11 FG, 1-2 FT), nine rebounds, three steals, one block and one assist in 29 minutes off the bench Monday in the Raptors' 98-88 loss to the Clippers.
Impact: After receiving just four minutes through the Raptors' first eight games, Hollis-Jefferson has cracked the rotation the past two contests as a result of Toronto's mounting injuries. The absence of Serge Ibaka (ankle) paved the way for Hollis-Jefferson to log 15 minutes in Sunday's 113-104 win over the Lakers, and OG Anunoby's (eye) early departure Monday opened up even more playing time. Anunoby is scheduled to meet with a doctor Tuesday before a ruling comes on his status for Wednesday's game against the Trail Blazers, but Hollis-Jefferson should have a path to 25-plus minutes again in Portland if Anunoby is out.
News: Anunoby (eye) will meet with a doctor in Los Angeles on Tuesday before joining the team on its flight to Portland, Doug Smith of the Toronto Star reports.
Impact: Anunoby was poked in the eye by Kawhi Leonard during Monday's matchup with the Clippers, which forced him out of the contest early in the first quarter. The forward should be considered day-to-day until the dispatch from Tuesday's doctor visit is available. The Raptors are off Tuesday before taking on the Blazers on Wednesday night. If Anunoby is held out, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, who saw 29 minutes Monday, would likely be in line for an increased role again.
News: VanVleet had 14 points (6-20 FG, 1-6 3PT, 1-2 FT), eight assists, three steals and two rebounds in 45 minutes during Monday's 98-88 loss against the Clippers.
Impact: VanVleet has dished out at least seven dimes in five of his last six contests, and has never given less than five during the current season. VanVleet is seeing a boost on his ball-handling and playmaking duties due to Kyle Lowry's injury, and that should boost his passing -- as well as his scoring -- stats moving forward. He will aim to continue his solid run of play Wednesday at Portland.
News: Powell had 15 points (5-12 FG, 1-5 3PT, 4-5 FT), four rebounds, two assists and one block in a season-high 37 minutes during Monday's 98-88 loss against the Clippers.
Impact: Powell moved into the starting unit following Kyle Lowry's injury and has scored 14.5 points in his two starts, so he is taking the most of the increased playing time to boost his scoring totals. The 26-year-old has scored 10 or more points in each of his last three outings, and he will aim to extend his solid run of play Wednesday on the road against the Blazers.
News: Siakam had 16 points (6-17 FG, 1-6 3PT, 3-6 FT), 10 rebounds, six assist and one block in 44 minutes during Monday's 98-88 loss against the Clippers.
Impact: Siakam has averaged 26.8 points and 11.0 rebounds per game over that four-game stretch, and while his 16-point effort tied a season-low for him in that department, he continues to be one of Toronto's biggest weapons on offense. He will aim to extend his double-double streak Wednesday at Portland.
News: Boucher had 13 points (5-10 FG, 3-5 3PT), six rebounds, two blocks and one steal in 22 minutes during Monday's 98-88 loss against the Clippers.
Impact: After scoring a combined nine points in his first six appearances, Boucher has made the most of Serge Ibaka's absence due to injury and has posted back-to-back double-digit scoring performances. Considering Ibaka will miss Toronto's next two games at the earliest, Boucher should remain a decent asset off the bench for the Raptors at least on the short-term future.
News: Ibaka (ankle) was sent back to Toronto on Sunday to receive further treatment, indicating he'll miss the final two games of the Raptors' road trip Wednesday at Portland and Saturday at Dallas, Josh Lewenberg of TSN.ca reports.
Impact: Given that coach Nick Nurse described Ibaka's ankle sprain as "pretty severe" after the big man suffered the injury in Friday's 122-104 win over the Pelicans, it's not surprising that additional rehab time in Toronto will be necessary. For now, the injured Ibaka -- who missed his second straight game Monday against the Clippers -- has ceded his spot in the rotation to Chris Boucher, who stepped in Sunday against the Lakers as the backup to starting center Marc Gasol. According to Lewenberg, the Raptors will have a better idea on a timeline for Ibaka's return based on how he responds to treatment, but the 30-year-old may have a tough time gaining clearance ahead of Toronto's homestand next week.
News: Anunoby has been ruled out for the remainder of Monday's game against Los Angeles after being poked in the eye.
Impact: The Raptors will be shorthanded for nearly the entire contest after Anunoby exited in the first quarter. Norman Powell, Stanley Johnson and Malcolm Miller could all see opportunities to make an impact as a result.
News: Ibaka (ankle) will not play Monday against the Clippers.
Impact: Ibaka will miss a second straight game as he continues to nurse a sprained ankle he suffered against the Pelicans last week. Chris Boucher should continue to see steady run in place of Ibaka, who remains without a timetable for his return.
News: Siakam collected 24 points (9-25 FG, 1-8 3Pt, 5-8 FT), 11 rebounds, four assists, three blocks and one steal in 42 minutes Sunday in the Raptors' 113-104 win over the Lakers.
Impact: The poor efficiency from the field, three-point range and the free-throw line limited the overall impact of Siakam's night in season-long category leagues, but he once again paid dividends to those who rostered him in DFS. Siakam has now notched double-doubles in three consecutive games and should benefit from heightened usage on offense moving forward with Kyle Lowry (hand) and Serge Ibaka (ankle) facing uncertain return timelines.
News: Hollis-Jefferson saw 15 minutes of action off the bench Sunday against the Lakers, finishing with 10 points (4-6 FG, 2-2 FT), three rebounds and two assists.
Impact: While Hollis-Jefferson's line was nothing special, the bigger news here is that he was in the rotation for the first time since opening week, and that could continue in the short term so long as the Raptors are without Serge Ibaka (ankle).
News: Davis amassed 13 points (5-8 FG, 3-5 3Pt), five rebounds and three assists in 17 minutes during Sunday's 113-104 victory over the Lakers.
Impact: Davis found himself with an increased role Sunday, thanks primarily to Kyle Lowry (thumb) watching on from the sidelines. With Lowry expected to miss multiple games, Davis is going to see meaningful minutes on some nights. That being said, he is really just someone to keep an eye on in deeper formats at this stage.
News: Boucher had 15 points (7-11 Fg, 1-4 3Pt, 0-2 FT), three blocks, two rebounds, two steals, and one assist in 24 minutes during Sunday's 113-104 victory over the Lakers.
Impact: Boucher was the high-man off the Raptors bench Sunday, finishing with 15 points in 24 minutes. With Serge Ibaka (ankle) on the sidelines, it was Boucher who benefitted the most. The G-League MVP flashed his upside on both ends of the floor. Given this performance, he should be added in most leagues, at least until we get word on Ibaka.
News: Powell ended with 14 points (5-9 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 3-3 FT), five rebounds, two assists, and two blocks in 25 minutes during Sunday's 113-104 victory over the Lakers.
Impact: Powell moved into the starting lineup as expected Sunday, replacing Kyle Lowry (thumb), who is set to miss an extended period. The playing time was perhaps not as high as expected; however, he still managed to put up standard league numbers. During Lowry's absence, Powell should remain a fringe 12-team pickup and shouldn't really be on any waivers in those formats.
News: VanVleet finished with 23 points (8-18 FG, 4-9 3Pt, 3-4 FT), 10 assists, seven rebounds and two steals in 39 minutes during Sunday's 113-104 victory over the Lakers.
Impact: VanVleet featured heavily during Sunday's victory, sliding over to the starting point guard position with Kyle Lowry (thumb) sidelined. During his 39 minutes on the floor, VanVleet produced 23 points and 10 assists, helping the Raptors break the Lakers' home winning streak. Lowry is going to miss multiple weeks, meaning VanVleet should continue to see a boost in value. He was already a clear must-roster player and this only solidifies his value moving forward.
News: Powell will move into the starting lineup Sunday against the Lakers, Raptors radio voice Eric Smith reports.
Impact: Powell will occupy the spot vacated by Kyle Lowry (thumb), and given Lowry's prognosis, Powell could hold onto the role for several weeks. As expected, Fred VanVleet will shift down to point guard alongside Powell in the backcourt.
News: Gasol posted five points (1-6 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 2-2 FT), seven rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block in Friday's 122-104 win against the Pelicans.
Impact: In his first full season with the Raptors, Gasol has not been off to the start he would have wanted to, with career lows in both points (6.9 per game) and field-goal percentage (34 percent). A playing-time boost for the 34-year-old isn't likely considering he's seen the fewest amount of minutes out of all the nominal starters and hasn't shot at a high mark.
News: Anunoby recorded 21 points (7-13 FG, 5-7 3Pt, 2-2 FT), seven rebounds, four assists, a block and a steal in Friday's 122-104 victory at New Orleans.
Impact: Though teammate Pascal Siakam starred, the third-year veteran played a valuable supporting role as the Raptors' secondary scoring option, especially from behind the arc. Anunoby has adjusted well since becoming a regular in the starting lineup, averaging a career-best 13.8 points and 6.6 rebounds per game.
News: Lowry (thumb) will be re-evaluated in two weeks, Rachel Richols of ESPN reports.
Impact: Lowry has been diagnosed with a fracture of the distal phalanx of his left thumb. For the next two weeks, and possibly longer, the Raptors will have to dig into their backcourt depth. Fred VanVleet should see more point guard duties, while Norman Powell, Terence Davis and Matt Thomas could all see upticks in workload.
News: Lowry will miss at least two weeks after fracturing his thumb in Friday's win over the Pelicans, Rachel Nichols of ESPN reports.
Impact: Lowry was officially diagnosed with a left thumb fracture by a specialist Saturday. While the initial diagnosis states that he'll be re-evaluated in two weeks, there's a good chance Lowry ultimately missed a longer period. In his absence, look Norman Powell to see an expanded role, though the Raptors could call up Shamorie Ponds from their G-League affiliate or search for point guard solutions elsewhere.
News: Ibaka suffered a "pretty bad" sprained ankle in Friday's win over the Pelicans and is without a timetable for return, Andrew Lopez of ESPN reports. Ibaka will undergo further imaging on his ankle.
Impact: The Raptors were dealt a significant blow with both Ibaka and Kyle Lowry (hand) going down with injuries Friday. Considering Ibaka doesn't have a firm timetable, it's unclear how long he's expected to miss. On the upper end, the veteran center could be out for multiple weeks and he seems to be a sure shot to miss Sunday's tilt with the Lakers. In Ibaka's stead, expect Chris Boucher to see an uptick in run.
News: Lowry suffered a small fracture in his thumb during Friday's victory over the Pelicans and is without a timetable for a return yet, Andrew Lopez of ESPN.com reports.
Impact: Lowry injured the same thumb that he had surgery during the summer to repair torn ligaments; however, the fracture is considered a different issue. He is expected to see a hand specialist Saturday once the team arrives in Los Angeles. In the meantime, the Raptors figure to be pretty thin in terms of ball handlers, as Fred VanVleet is the only other healthy point guard on the roster.
News: Siakam had 44 points (17-28 FG, 5-10 3Pt, 5-5 FT), 10 rebounds and four assists in 39 minutes during Friday's 122-104 victory over New Orleans.
Impact: Siakam was simply on another level during Friday's win, torching the Pelicans for a season-high 44 points. He added 10 rebounds in what was a comfortable victory for the Raptors who have started the season with a 6-and-2 record. Siakam has shown no signs of slowing down after his breakout season and has even popped up in some people's MVP discussions. Kyle Lowry (thumb) is likely to miss time with a fractured thumb meaning Siakam could find himself in an even bigger role on the offensive end of the floor.
News: Boucher amassed five points (1-6 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 3-4 FT), eight rebounds, one assist, one steal, and one block in 14 minutes during Friday's 122-104 victory over New Orleans.
Impact: Boucher played 14 minutes off the bench in Friday's win but could find himself with a more consistent role, at least in the short term. Serge Ibaka (ankle) suffered what appears to be a somewhat serious ankle sprain and could miss multiple games. If that is the case, Boucher stands to benefit, especially given the lack of production from Marc Gasol. Boucher makes sense as a pickup in competitive leagues pending more news regarding Ibaka's injury.
News: Powell ended with 18 points (6-10 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 4-5 t0, four rebounds and one steal in 299 minutes during Friday's 122-104 victory over the Pelicans.
Impact: Powell found his range during Friday's easy win and could find himself with a nice opportunity moving forward. Kyle Lowry (thumb) appears to have suffered a fractured thumb and is likely to miss at least a few games. Powell is a chance to move into the starting lineup alongside Fred VanVleet, and if that is the case, could be a player to consider in 12-team leagues.
News: VanVleet finished with 12 points (3-15 FG, 3-10 3Pt, 3-4 FT), 11 assists, five rebounds, and two steals in 36 minutes during Friday's 122-104 victory over the Pelicans.
Impact: VanVleet struggled from the field during Friday's victory, finishing with 12 points on 3-of-15 shooting. He salvaged the poor shooting performance by adding 11 assists and two steals. Kyle Lowry (thumb) left the game early and has been diagnosed with a thumb fracture. As long as Lowry is sidelined, VanVleet is likely to see a nice boost in his playing time, increasing his already solid fantasy value.
News: Lowry will not return to Friday's matchup with the Pelicans due to left thumb injury.
Impact: The severity of Lowry's injury is not known at this time, but he will not return Friday. He collected six points (2-5 FG, 2-5 3PT), two rebounds, five assists, and one steal across 16 minutes before exiting the contest. His status for Sunday's game against the Lakers is currently uncertain.
News: Ibaka will not return to Friday's game against the Pelicans due to sprained right ankle.
Impact: Ibaka contributed eight points (3-6 FG, 2-2 FT) and six rebounds across 12 minutes before exiting with the injury. His status for Sunday's game against the Lakers is not known at this time. Chris Boucher and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson could see some time in the rotation should he ultimately have to miss any time.
News: McCaw (knee) will be reevaluated in one month after undergoing surgery to remove a benign mass on the back of his left knee, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Impact: McCaw has been dealing with the issue since mid-October and recently opted for surgery. A more concrete timetable for his return should come into focus as he gets further along in his recovery, but the early expectation is that he'll remain sidelined at least until mid-December.
News: McCaw (knee) will undergo surgery and is expected to miss "several weeks," Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
Impact: A left knee injury has been bothering McCaw since mid-October. Though he's appeared in two regular-season games, it's apparently been decided that surgery is the best route. His timetable for a return is somewhat vague, and updates will likely be provided as he hits milestones in his recovery.
News: McCaw is out indefinitely as he continues to recover from a lingering left knee issue, Blake Murphy of The Athletic reports.
Impact: After playing in two games last week, McCaw's lingering knee issue seems to have taken a turn for the worse. At this point, details of the injury and the length of McCaw's absence are sparse and any specific date for his return is mostly conjecture. In his stead, look for Terence Davis, Stanley Johnson and Matt Thomas to see a boost in minutes.
News: Anunoby finished with nine points (3-5 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 1-2 FT), three rebounds, four assists and two steals in 31 minutes of a 115-105 loss to Milwaukee on Saturday.
Impact: Anunoby finished with a season-high four assists in a game he will otherwise want to forget. The Indiana product matched a season-low in points while also posting season lows in rebounds and minutes played as Milwaukee kept him off the glass. Toronto takes on the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday.
News: VanVleet finished with 12 points ( 2-10 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 6-6 FT), six boards and seven assists in 41 minutes of a 115-105 loss to Milwaukee on Saturday.
Impact: VanVleet set a season-high in rebounds in the game, but struggled offensively making just 20 percent from the field. He did play at least 40 minutes for the third time this season, and once again limited his turnovers in the contest. He'll get another chance to rebound from his rough shooting night when Toronto takes on the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday.
News: Gasol finished with 10 points (4-12 FG, 2-6 3Pt, 0-0 FT), 12 rebounds, three assists and one block in 34 minutes of a 115-105 loss to Milwaukee on Saturday.
Impact: Gasol notched his second double-double of the season in his team's loss to Milwaukee, matching his season-high in points while setting a new season high in rebounds and minutes played. Gasol was much more active in the offense with Pascal Siakam limited in a tough match-up with Giannis Antetokounmpo. Toronto next takes the court against the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday.
News: Siakam finished with 16 points (7-19 FG, 2-6 3Pt, 0-0 FT), five rebounds, one assist and one steal in 32 minutes of a 115-105 loss to Milwaukee on Saturday.
Impact: Siakam posted a season-low point total in the game before fouling out in the closing minutes. It was a rough shooting day for Siakam, who had been on a roll averaging 28 points per game entering the contest. He'll have a bit of a break before getting the chance to get back on track on Wednesday against Sacramento.
News: Lowry finished tying for a game-high 36 points (11-18 FG, 5-9 3Pt, 9-9 FT), four rebounds, six assists and one block in a 115-105 loss to Milwaukee on Saturday.
Impact: Lowry scored a season-high points in the loss, while also finishing perfect from the free throw line in the game. While Lowry put up a solid effort across the board, despite matching a season-low rebounds. Toronto has a mini-break before facing the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday.
News: McCaw (knee) has been ruled out for Saturday's game against Milwaukee.
Impact: McCaw has battled a knee issue in the early going of the 2019-20 campaign, and although he was able to log 23 minutes Wednesday night against Detroit, he's set to miss another contest. His next chance to return will come Wednesday against the Kings.
News: Hernandez hasn't appeared in the first five regular-season games of 2019-20.
Impact: Hernandez averaged 5.0 points (33.3 FG, 0.0 3Pt, 71.4 FT), 6.7 rebounds, 1.0 assist, and 1.0 block in 13.0 minutes through three preseason appearances. However, the rookie big man hasn't seen any action yet. Chris Boucher is third on the center depth chart behind Marc Gasol and Serge Ibaka, and Boucher is averaging only 4.3 minutes across three tilts. Hernandez is on a non-guaranteed contract, so it remains to be seen whether the 59th overall pick of 2019 will stick with Toronto.
News: Johnson is averaging 2.5 points (50.0 FG, 33.3 3Pt, 0.0 FT), 2.0 rebounds, and 0.5 steals in 5.0 minutes through two appearances thus far in 2019-20
Impact: Johnson has appeared in only two of the team's five games thus far. Coach Nick Nurse already stated that Johnson hasn't impressed him much even on the defensive end, which is supposed to be his calling card given his shooting struggles over the years. Unless or until Johnson makes more of an impression on Nurse defensively, he's unlikely to work his way into the regular rotation.
News: Powell recorded 19 points (7-10 FG, 3-5 3Pt), two steals and one rebound across 29 minutes in the Raptors' 125-113 win over the Pistons on Wednesday.
Impact: Powell had a breakout game of sorts, recording his highest scoring total and most efficient outing to date this season. Considering the guard was shooting 25 percent from the field (4-16 FG) in the Raptors' prior two games, the 26-year-old will need to show more consistency in order to continue seeing considerable minutes.
News: Lowry chipped in 20 points (7-13 FG, 2-6 3Pt, 4-5 FT), eight assists, five rebounds, and two steals in 38 minutes during Wednesday's 125-113 win over the Pistons.
Impact: Lowry turned in a very well-rounded stat line, contributing in every category except blocks. He continues to play with the same chip on his shoulder that existed prior to the team's title run. Moreover, Lowry earned a team high minute total and has been absolutely superb this season apart from his field goal percentage. With two full days of rest, Lowry and company will likely look to make a statement during Saturday's matchup with the Bucks.
News: VanVleet amassed 13 points (5-9 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 2-2 FT), 11 assists, one rebound, and one steal in 30 minutes during Wednesday's 125-113 win over the Pistons.
Impact: VanVleet continues to fit well next to fellow backcourt mate Kyle Lowry. While VanVleet's field goal percentage typically leaves a lot to be desired, he was efficient in this one and continues to provide by far his best production across just about every category.
News: Siakam supplied 30 points (13-21 FG, 3-6 3Pt, 1-1 FT), five rebounds, five assists, and two steals in 30 minutes during Wednesday's 125-113 win over the Pistons.
Impact: Siakam has posted at least 30 points in three of five games this season, this after reaching that mark only five times through his first three years in the league (all last season). His counting stats are up across most categories and his efficiency hasn't dropped off either. Siakam will look to test his skills against Milwaukee's Giannis Antetokounmpo on Saturday.
News: Ibaka posted 19 points (9-15 FG, 1-2 3Pt), six rebounds, two assists, and two steals in 32 minutes during Wednesday's 125-113 win over the Pistons.
Impact: Ibaka finished with season highs in scoring, assists, steals. and minutes. Starting center Marc Gasol (knee) exited in the first quarter but returned to action. Still, Ibaka ended up seeing over twice as many minutes. Ibaka has been significantly more effective than Gasol through the first five games this season, though it remains to be seen whether coach Nick Nurse will consider swapping their roles or assigning Ibaka the larger share of minutes more consistently.
News: Gasol (knee) had six points (2-3 FG, 1-1 3Pt, 1-1 FT), four rebounds, and two assists in 15 minutes during Wednesday's 125-113 win over the Pistons.
Impact: Gasol (knee) returned to action after exiting the contest in the first quarter. However, Serge Ibaka had the hot hand and ended up earning over twice as many minutes (32) as Gasol. The 34-year-old big man has been underwhelming through five games, reaching double figures in scoring just once while grabbing double-digit boards twice. His numbers are down across the board, and that's unlikely to change given that he's splitting time with Ibaka.
News: Gasol is available to return after falling on his knee during the first quarter of Wednesday's game against the Pistons, Blake Murphy of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Gasol left the game briefly in the first quarter to get his knee worked on. The injury doesn't appear to be overly serious as he's already been given the green light to return to the court.
News: Siakam had 24 points (9-16 FG, 1-4 3PT, 5-5 FT). nine rebounds and three assists during the Raptors' 104-95 win over the Magic on Monday.
Impact: Siakam bounced back from a 19-point effort the last time out, and now has at least 20 points in three of four games while grabbing at least eight boards three times as well -- both figures would be career-high numbers so far. Expect Siakam to remain as Toronto's main scoring threat on Wednesday against Detroit.
News: Anunoby had 12 points (5-11 FG, 2-4 3PT), eight rebounds, five steals, two blocks and two assists during the Raptors' 104-95 win over the Magic on Monday.
Impact: Anunoby has never been much of a scoring threat, but he has been better than expected so far with 10 or more points in three of four games thus far. Anunoby's upside lies on his ability to contribute on multiple stats, however, and he has been extremely good on defense of late, with six blocks and six steals in his last two starts. Toronto play against Detroit next Wednesday.
News: VanVleet had 14 points (3-14 FG, 1-7 3PT, 7-7 FT), six assists, five rebounds and two steals during the Raptors' 104-95 win over the Magic on Monday.
Impact: VanVleet has been handling the playmaking duties alongside Kyle Lowry and has at least six assists in every single game of the season, while scoring double-digit points in three of four contests. While his 34-point performance in the season opener should be considered as an anomaly rather than the norm going forward, the 25-year-old guard should be good enough for decent scoring total even if his shooting percentages won't be very high. The Raptors play the Pistons on Wednesday.
News: Lowry scored 26 points (7-18 FG, 3-11 3PT, 9-10 FT) to go along with six assists and five rebounds during the Raptors' 104-95 win over the Magic on Monday.
Impact: Before the season started, Lowry was expected to improve on last season's scoring numbers -- 14.2 points per game on 43.2 percent shooting -- and so far he has looked the part, scoring at least 20 points in three of four contests, while dishing out at least six assists in every appearance thus far. Lowry will aim to continue his strong start to the season on Wednesday against the Pistons.
News: Gasol had 10 points (4-7 FG, 2-3 3PT) with 10 rebounds during the Raptors' 104-95 win over the Magic on Monday.
Impact: Gasol is yet to deliver a strong fantasy performance during Toronto's first four games of the season, but this was his first double-double of the season so hopefully that could boost him going forward. Toronto's next game will be against the Pistons on Wednesday.
News: McCaw (knee) is not listed on the Raptors' most recent injury report ahead of Monday's game against the Magic.
Impact: McCaw is yet to play this season while working back from a left knee issue, but his removal from the report would seem to imply that he'll be available to make his debut Monday night. McCaw will have a good chance to play regular minutes this season as a backup on the wing behind Fred VanVleet and OG Anunoby. Once he's back up to speed, McCaw could take a share of the minutes that have recently gone to Terence Davis.
News: McCaw (knee) is questionable for Monday's contest against Orlando, Blake Murphy of The Athletic reports.
Impact: McCaw, who is still dealing with a left knee injury, was listed as questionable for last Saturday's matchup versus Chicago but was ultimately ruled out. It's a similar situation once more for the 2016 second-round pick as McCaw will likely be a game-time decision for Monday's game.
News: Updating a previous report, Hollis-Jefferson will be available for Saturday's game against the Bulls, Eric Koreen of The Athletic reports.
Impact: The Raptors initially ruled Hollis-Jefferson out, but it's since been clarified that he'll be available off the bench despite dealing with some soreness in his groin. If he sees the floor, it'll be the Raptors debut for the former-Net.
News: Hollis-Jefferson (groin) won't play Saturday against the Bulls, Ryan Wolstat of the Toronto Sun reports.
Impact: Hollis-Jefferson appeared primed to make his season debut Saturday after not being listed on the injury report, but he apparently still isn't quite ready to play. Serge Ibaka could be more heavily relied upon off the bench in his absence.
News: Hollis-Jefferson (groin) has been removed from the Raptors' injury report ahead of Saturday's matchup with the Bulls, Blake Murphy of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Hollis-Jefferson was originally listed as questionable, but he is now apparently good to go. It is unclear if he will see any time in the rotation, but he will be available to provide depth in the frontcourt if needed.
News: Hollis-Jefferson (groin) wasn't listed on Saturday's injury report, Blake Murphy of The Athletic reports.
Impact: The fact that Hollis-Jefferson was removed from the injury report is a good indication that he'll make his season debut in Saturday's game against the Bulls. The fifth-year forward, who'll likely serve as a versatile option off the bench, can be expected to see between 15-and-25 minutes per game this season depending on his effectiveness.
News: McCaw (knee) has been ruled out for Saturday's game against Chicago, Blake Murphy of The Athletic reports.
Impact: McCaw will be held out fora third-straight game to begin the season due to an unspecified left knee injury. Look for Normal Powell to continue to see boosted minutes in his absence.
News: McCaw (knee) is listed as questionable for Saturday's game against Chicago, Doug Smith of the Toronto Star reports.
Impact: McCaw, who's missed the first two games of the season due to an unspecified left knee injury, is questionable Saturday. An official timetable for his return hasn't been established so it's unclear how close McCaw is to returning, though the questionable designation is promising.
News: Hollis-Jefferson (groin) is listed as questionable for Saturday's game against the Bulls, Doug Smith of the Toronto Star reports.
Impact: Hollis-Jefferson is in jeopardy of missing his thrid-straight game to start the season, though an official designation hasn't yet been made. Serge Ibaka would be the most likely beneficiary if Hollis-Jefferson's ruled out again.
News: VanVleet had eight points (2-11 FG, 2-5 3PT, 2-2 FT), six assists and five rebounds in Friday's loss to the Celtics.
Impact: VanVleet came out firing with a huge game on opening night, but he followed up with a less-impressive showing Friday. While he struggled from the floor and committed four turnovers, the good news, from a fantasy perspective, is VanVleet played a team-high 42 minutes.
News: Ibaka scored 13 points (5-5 FG, 1-1 3Pt, 2-4 FT) while adding eight rebounds, three blocks and an assist in 24 minutes off the bench during Friday's 112-106 loss to the Celtics.
Impact: Toronto ran an extremely short rotation in this one -- Ibaka and Norman Powell were the only members of the second unit to receive double-digit minutes -- and the veteran big parlayed the court time into strong numbers. Expect Ibaka to handle a significant role off the bench this season, although he should get some help soon in the frontcourt once Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (groin) is healthy enough to make his Raptors debut.
News: Lowry scored 29 points (11-18 FG, 6-10 3Pt, 1-1 FT) while adding seven assists, four rebounds, a steal and a block in 40 minutes during Friday's 112-106 loss to the Celtics.
Impact: The Raptors' offense was essentially a two-man show Friday -- Lowry and Pascal Siakam combined for 62 points and 11 three-pointers, but only one other Toronto player even managed to score in double digits. The veteran point guard is expected to carry more of the scoring load this season with Kawhi Leonard gone, and while it's early, so far Lowry looks up to the challenge.
News: Siakam scored a game-high 33 points (11-22 FG, 5-7 3Pt, 6-6 FT) while adding eight rebounds and two assists in 36 minutes during Friday's 112-106 loss to the Celtics.
Impact: The Raptors have wasted little time in figuring out who the focal point of their offense will be in the wake of Kawhi Leonard's departure. Siakam has topped 30 points in each of the season's first two games, something he did only five times in 80 games last year, and the 2018-19 Most Improved Player Award winner doesn't look like he's done improving.
News: McCaw (knee) won't play in Friday's game against the Celtics, Eric Smith of Sportsnet 590 The Fan reports.
Impact: McCaw will miss the first two games of the 2019-20 campaign due to a knee injury. His status for Saturday's matchup in Chicago is up in the air at this point, so he'll be considered a game-time call until further notice.
News: Hollis-Jefferson (groin) will not play in Friday's game against the Celtics, Eric Smith of Sportsnet 590 The Fan reports.
Impact: Hollis-Jefferson was originally considered probable for Friday's contest, but then he was officially listed as questionable and now has been ruled out. It's unclear how close Hollis-Jefferson is to returning to action while nursing left groin soreness, but he should be considered day-to-day for now.
News: McCaw (knee) is listed as doubtful for Friday's game against the Celtics.
Impact: McCaw missed the season opener with a knee injury, and while he was originally expected to return for Friday's contest, that no longer appears to be the case. Assuming McCaw remains sidelined, Kyle Lowry and Fred VanVleet should continue to handle the majority of point guard duties, with Norman Powell seeing extra time at shooting guard as a result.
News: Hollis-Jefferson (groin) is probable for Friday's game against the Celtics, Josh Lewenberg of TSN.ca reports.
Impact: Hollis-Jefferson has been nursing left groin soreness for the last week, and it forced him to miss the team's season opener Tuesday. After practicing Thursday, however, it looks like Hollis-Jefferson is good to go for Friday night, where he is expected to operate as a key member for the Raptors' second unit.
News: McCaw (knee) is probable for Friday's game against the Celtics, Josh Lewenberg of TSN.ca reports.
Impact: McCaw was spotted participating in practice Thursday, and it looks like he'll be good to go after missing Tuesday's season opener. Expect McCaw's status to be confirmed at some point Friday.
News: Siakam exploded for 34 points (11-26 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 10-11 FT), 18 rebounds, five assists, and one block in 38 minutes during Tuesday's 130-122 overtime win against the Pelicans.
Impact: Siakam matched his career highs in offensive boards and made free throws and set a new career high in field goals attempted. He also fell just one rebound shy of matching his career high. In case it's not abundantly clear, Siakam is set to enjoy an expanded role here in 2019-20, and he's obviously not shying away from the spotlight. Expect Siakam to stay in attack mode going forward as the team's top option offensively.
News: VanVleet delivered 34 points (12-18 FG, 5-7 3Pt, 5-6 FT), seven assists, five rebounds, and two steals in 44 minutes during Tuesday's 130-122 overtime win against the Pelicans.
Impact: VanVleet was on fire, finishing with career highs in scoring, made field goals, and minutes. The offseason departure of Kawhi Leonard has opened the door for players such as Siakam and VanVleet to take another step forward offensively. Though VanVleet can't be expected to maintain this level of efficiency, he's likely to remain extremely aggressive going forward.
News: Lowry amassed 22 points (4-15 FG, 3-11 3Pt, 11-13 FT), six assists, five rebounds, and two steals in 45 minutes during Tuesday's 130-122 overtime win over the Pelicans.
Impact: Lowry struggled from the field and had almost as many turnovers (four) as dimes. Still, he repeatedly forced his way to the foul line, where he capitalized at a high clip as per usual. Expect Lowry to be extremely aggressive this season as he looks to help his team maintain its status as a championship contender.
News: Anunoby accumulated 11 points (5-12 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 0-1 FT), seven rebounds, and two blocks in 36 minutes during Tuesday's 130-122 overtime win over the Pelicans.
Impact: Anunoby drew the start at small forward and did not disappoint, reaching double figures in scoring while contributing in the boards and blocks departments. The contest did go to overtime, so expecting Anunoby to log this many minutes on a regular basis likely isn't wise. Still, the offseason departures of Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green have opened the door of opportunity for Anunoby, among others, to rise to the occasion.
News: Davis had five points (2-6 FG, 1-3 3Pt), five rebounds, two assists, and two steals in 15 minutes during Tuesday's 130-122 overtime win over the Pelicans.
Impact: Davis earned the least amount of playing time among the eight Raptors who saw the floor in this one. Nevertheless, the fact that the rookie was able to crack the rotation and make some stuff happen in the season opener is an encouraging sign.