Toronto Raptors Blowout Cleveland Cavaliers as They Regain Momentum
The Toronto Raptors are rolling again.
Putting a rough five game stretch behind them, the Raptors picked up right where they left off on Monday night when they made short work of the Cleveland Cavaliers. Once against playing without the services of Fred VanVleet, the Raptors took care of business, defeating the Cavs by a score of 133-113.
“He’s making some progress, hopefully. Day-to-day still,” Nurse said on VanVleet’s status prior to tip-off. “I think there’s a little swelling there. I’m not sure it’s a bone bruise or just a little swelling or a little soreness.”
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Behind a total team effort, VanVleet’s absence wasn’t missed much on Monday night. Pascal Siakam led the way with 33 points on 54.2-percent shooting from the field, while Norman Powell logged in yet another impressive 26 point game performance. Kyle Lowry had a 20 point and 11 rebound double-double in the win as the second unit pitched in with 34 points.
“Great stretch right now,” Lowry said, commenting on Powell recent strong play. “He’s shooting the ball confidently, pushing it in transition. I think he’s understanding how to play in transition a lot better now.”
Nurse echoed the same sentiments, praising Powell for his aggressiveness on the court. Powell finished the night cashing in on 11 of his 15 field goal attempts.
“What I like is the speed at which he sees the open floor and goes for it,” Nurse said.
As the Raptors improve to 18-8, they sit within a game of the second place Philadelphia 76ers in the Eastern Conference. The Raptors will head to Detroit next to take on the Pistons before returning home for matchups against the Washington Wizards and the Dallas Mavericks.