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I understand that it is a short slate and you will be tempted to use that as an excuse to roster Russell Westbrook, but that’s simply not the value play tonight. James Harden is the only player in the NBA with a higher usage rate than Russell this season and I’m looking for production that mirrors his first four games this season (23 points, 5.5 assists, 4.5 rebounds, 1.8 steals, and 2.3 3PM). By paying down a bit at PG, I’ve got Giannis Antetokounmpo and Paul George in my lineup as well. — Kyle Soppe
Since scoring 28 points in the opener, George has averaged 17.8 points per game, with a lot fewer rebounds and assists than expected.
“They did something big for us holding them to one field goal throughout the whole quarter,” DeRozan said about the bench. “It gave us a great opportunity to go out there and pull out this win.”
DeRozan had 25 points to lead the Raptors, who were up by as many as 26 points. Kyle Lowry added a season-high 19 points and added 10 rebounds.
“Man, they did a great job of cutting off everything,” Lowry said about the second unit. “It was such an ugly slugfest in the second quarter.”
The win extended Toronto’s winning streak over Portland to five straight games.
Damian Lillard had a season-high 36 points for the Blazers, who got within 13 in the final quarter. CJ McCollum, who had scored 20 or more points in each of Portland’s first six games this season, had 16.
Toronto was without center Serge Ibaka, who is averaging 15 points a game this season, because of swelling in his right knee. The knee started to bother him following a victory over the Lakers in Los Angeles on Friday. Jacob Poetl took his place in the starting lineup.
The Raptors also missed Jonas Valanciunas for a fourth straight game with a Jakub Zboril Youth jersey left ankle sprain.