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Sports Toronto Raptors haven't missed a beat in absence of Lowry, Ibaka

10:30  03 december  2019
10:30  03 december  2019 Source:   msn.com

Raptors’ Kyle Lowry, Serge Ibaka nearing return from injury

  Raptors’ Kyle Lowry, Serge Ibaka nearing return from injury After Toronto Raptors practice on Friday, head coach Nick Nurse provided an injury update on Kyle Lowry and Serge Ibaka, indicating that both are nearing a return to action. The post Nov. 22: It’s All Better In Leafland appeared first on Sportsnet.ca.Providing an update after practice on Friday, Raptors coach Nick Nurse said that the team is "shooting for" a Dec. 1 return for Lowry when the Raptors are scheduled to face the Utah Jazz at Scotiabank Arena.

Toronto Raptors ' Serge Ibaka , left, battles Utah Jazz's Tony Bradley during Sunday's game. Kyle Lowry and Serge Ibaka have watched from the sidelines as the surging Toronto Raptors have put together a seven-game winning streak and climbed to second in the Eastern Conference.

TORONTO -- Kyle Lowry and Serge Ibaka have watched from the sidelines as the surging Toronto Raptors have put together a seven-game winning streak I'm ready to play." The Raptors backups have been a revelation in the absence of the two veterans, and Fred VanVleet has stepped in almost

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TORONTO — Kyle Lowry and Serge Ibaka have watched from the sidelines as the surging Toronto Raptors have put together a seven-game winning streak and climbed to second in the Eastern Conference.

Nick Nurse earned conference coach of the month for the team's excellent November.

If the biggest question mark heading into this post-NBA championship season was Toronto's depth, Nurse and the Raptors bench have emphatically answered.

"Very impressive. I'm going to be honest with you, I didn't see this coming," Ibaka told reporters Monday. "They really surprised me and it's a good thing to have them. Now we know we have a great team with those guys. We know we have a chance to go back and compete at a high level."

Raptors’ Matt Thomas likely out four weeks with broken finger

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The Raptors beat the Pelicans, but took some heavy losses. From reports, it sounds like Toronto will be ShareAll sharing options for:Injury Report [Updated]: Lowry has fracture in thumb, Ibaka out But the absence of Lowry and Ibaka puts a tremendous strain on an already taxed rotation and bench.

The Toronto Raptors took advantage against the Warriors’ depleted lineup, surviving Thompson’s absence was both problematic and unprecedented. Thompson had never missed a postseason Among the many standout performers in this game from the Raptors , Serge Ibaka deserves a ton of

With Ibaka back from an ankle injury and Lowry returning from a broken thumb, the 15-4 Raptors hope to be getting close to full strength as they head into a tough stretch of December games.

The two were injured in the same Nov. 8 game at New Orleans and Toronto went 8-2 in their absence. Ibaka returned for Sunday night's wild 130-110 win over Utah. Lowry could potentially play Tuesday when Toronto hosts the Miami Heat (14-5).

"I would say he's a possibility," Nurse said. "I would say he's questionable at this stage, but we will see how things progress. How he feels in the morning, all those kinds of things."

The 33-year-old guard practised with the team Monday and summed up his injury as "better."

"It's been almost four weeks now," Lowry said. "We had a target date and things didn't heal as quickly as we thought they would. Now it's just a situation of figuring out how much time it needs. It's a day-to-day type of thing, honestly."

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The Toronto Raptors pulled away for a 118-109 triumph in Game 1 of these finals against the mighty Golden State Warriors at a raucous Scotiabank Looney drew a foul from Kyle Lowry — Lowry ’s fifth — and hit 1 of 2 free throws, but after the teams traded missed 3-pointers, Green connected to push

Toronto Raptors ' forward Serge Ibaka and guard Terence Davis spoke on Monday, Dec. 2, during training in Toronto following their defeat of the Utah Jazz on Sunday Davis spoke about taking the court more often amid injuries among players like Kyle Lowry and Serge Ibaka , saying he was glad to

Lowry has been a vocal leader on the sidelines, and jumping into drills to demonstrate in practice. But he said he's "tired of that (stuff). I'm ready to play."

The Raptors backups have been a revelation in the absence of the two veterans, and Fred VanVleet has stepped in almost seamlessly as the team's starting guard. It's been a group effort, said Nurse.

"I think with any departure, like anybody, the usage and all that stuff needs to get spread around. It's not like we just expect one guy to come in and be that guy . . . everybody's chipped in," Nurse said. "Fred has been great in filling in as the lead guard fulltime, but I think Pascal (Siakam) has had a lot of playmaking, Terence (Davis) has, Rondae (Hollis-Jefferson) has, Marc (Gasol) has.

"It's always a collective effort to try to plug those gaps with a group of guys, rather than just make it a one-for-one job."

The Raptors were written off by countless people as a serious threat after Kawhi Leonard left for the L.A. Clippers in the off-season. Now boasting one of the league's best records, does Ibaka feel vindicated?

VanVleet scores 24 and Raptors beat Magic to remain unbeaten at home

  VanVleet scores 24 and Raptors beat Magic to remain unbeaten at home TORONTO — Fred VanVleet scored 24 points to lead the Toronto Raptors past the Orlando Magic 113-97 on Wednesday in a battle between short-handed teams. The Raptors (10-4) improved to 6-0 on the season at Scotiabank Arena, while Orlando (6-8) remains winless in five road games. It was a second consecutive career night for Toronto's undrafted rookie Terence Davis, who finished with 19 points to top his previous career-high 16 points he scored — in less than four minutes — on Monday.Pascal Siakam finished with 18 points and 11 rebounds for the Raptors, who were missing Kyle Lowry and Serge Ibaka.

TORONTO — Chris Boucher may have to look over his shoulder pretty soon, but he’s done everything he possibly could over the course of Serge Ibaka ’s absence to validate having the opportunity to do so. In just over 20 minutes against the Magic on Wednesday night, Boucher collected his second

Lowry , Ibaka , and Gasol were crucial to the Raptors ’ title with each playing his role to perfection. Not only can these players help the team return to the postseason, but they also provide a valuable presence on and off the court for the Raptors ’ younger prospects. There’s been much speculation out

"It's kind of funny because, at this point, I'm just laughing," he said.

The 30-year-old big man looked rusty at times Sunday night, but had the Raptors bench roaring late in the fourth quarter when he launched a firm pass toward VanVleet. Problem was, VanVleet was on the bench, he just hadn't sat down yet.

Still, Ibaka was happy to be back.

"It's good. I love basketball and I love playing this game," he said. I didn't practise for four weeks and (Sunday) night was the first time with in-game contact and playing five-on-five. The first couple of minutes were really rough. But I wasn't thinking about it. It was exciting and I was thankful just to be back."

The Raptors face a tough couple of weeks with Houston visiting on Thursday. James Harden poured in a season-high 60 points in Houston's 158-111 rout of Atlanta on Saturday. They're in Philadelphia on Sunday, Chicago on Monday, then return home to host Leonard and the Clippers on Dec. 11.

One big plus: 11 of the Raptors' next 15 games are at Scotiabank Arena where they're undefeated this season.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Dec. 2, 2019.

Lori Ewing, The Canadian Press

Raptors lose in OT to Miami, snapping their nine-game winning streak at home .
TORONTO — The Miami Heat ended Toronto's perfect record at home this season, and played spoiler in Kyle Lowry's first game after missing 11. Jimmy Butler had 22 points, 13 rebounds and 12 assists Tuesday to lead the Heat to a 121-110 overtime victory, which also halted the Raptors' seven-game winning streak. Norman Powell had 23 points including two huge three-pointers late in regulation for the Raptors (15-5), who'd won a franchise-best nineJimmy Butler had 22 points, 13 rebounds and 12 assists Tuesday to lead the Heat to a 121-110 overtime victory, which also halted the Raptors' seven-game winning streak.

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