Leading up to this game, Kyle Lowry and Kawhi Leonard were both questionable but The Raptors will only be without Lowry as he will be held out of tonight’s game with a thigh bruise. Leonard will play after missing the last two games against the Los Angles Clippers and Golden State Warriors.
Kyle Lowry will miss Toronto's game at Portland with thigh bruise -- Kawhi Leonard will play, per Raptors.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) December 15, 2018
Adding to the injuries, the Raptors will also be without Jonas Valanciunas for at least four weeks as he underwent successful surgery on his dislocated left thumb.
Jonas Valanciunas underwent surgery on his dislocated left thumb. The Raptors say he will be in a cast for 4 weeks. No timetable given for his return.— Josh Lewenberg (@JLew1050) December 13, 2018
JV injured his thumb in the second quarter of Wednesday’s game against Golden State. He seems to be in good spirits, though.
Look for Greg Monroe and Chris Boucher, who was called up from the Raptors 905, to get some runs in the absence of JV.
Luckily for the Raptors, the Trail Blazers are in the midst of a slump. After starting the season 10-3, The Trail Blazers have lost eight of their last 11 games and are half a game out of a playoff spot with a record of 15-13.
Both Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum have been great to begin the year but the team is struggling as they’re lacking a third star to help take the load off their backcourt.
Lillard is top-five in the league in scoring, averaging 27 points per game on an efficient 58.2 true shooting percentage. He’s also leading the team in assists with 6.1 assists per game, while grabbing 5.1 rebounds per game. His backcourt mate, McCollum, dropped 40 points in the 83-92 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday, and is averaging 22 points, 2.5 assists and 3.9 rebounds per game on the season.
CJ McCollum has dropped 40+ in each of his last two trips to Memphis, but both have resulted in losses. The Grizzlies are the only team against whom he has multiple 40-point games in his career.— StatMuse (@statmuse) December 13, 2018
Look for those two to go off tonight but they will need another player to step up in order to take down the league’s best Raptors.
Here is John Gaudes’ full preview for tonight’s game as well as the game details below.
Where to Watch:
Sportsnet One, 10 p.m. ET
Toronto - Fred VanVleet, Danny Green, Kawhi Leonard, Pascal Siakam, Serge Ibaka
Portland - Damian Lillard, CJ McCollum, Maurice Harkless, Al-Farouq Aminu, Jusuf Nurkic
Toronto - Kyle Lowry (out- thigh bruise), Norman Powell (out - shoulder), Jonas Valanciunas (out - thumb)
Portland - None