Toronto Raptors forward Jared Sullinger will have a screw inserted into his left foot. It’ll be a long time before he’s back in action.
The lack of veteran depth in Toronto means Raptors head coach Dwane Casey might be forced into using his seven inexperienced youngsters a lot more than he’d like to. It’s probably good for the rookies’ development, but it’s probably not the best way to run up the win total for a high playoff seed.
It was business as usual for the Toronto Raptors All-Star guards Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan as they combined for 53 points on 18-35 shooting from the field and outrebounded the Pistons starting backcourt 10-0.
If and when the San Antonio Spurs and LaMarcus Aldridge decide it’s time to part company, there will be no shortage of suitors. Pretty much every team that had cap space took a run at signing Aldridge as a free agent last summer and those same teams and more would try to get him again.
Raptors 2016 lottery pick Jacob Poeltl might be to busy being a rookie to realize he is in a fight for minutes with 2013 first round pick Lucas “Bebe” Nogueira at the backup center spot, but Nogueira knows this could be his first, last and best chance at making head coach Dwane Casey’s rotation since he joined Toronto two years ago.
Why all the fuss over an undrafted 22-year-old college senior who was cut from a very weak Team USA Pan Am roster a couple of summers ago? Why does head coach Dwane Casey seem so enamored by Fred VanVleet?
“We’ll score,” Toronto Raptors head coach Dwane Casey explained after a recent preseason practice and one look at his roster suggests they’ll score more than last season unless the injury bug bites them hard again this time.