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Siakam, Watanabe Lead Raptors to Bounce Back Victory Over Magic

The Toronto Raptors are back in the win column.

If you are to ask anybody, they will tell you that this hasn’t been the season the Toronto Raptors have been expecting, but with that being said, we need to start talking more about the effort and the growth we have been seeing in Yuta Watanabe as the year has gone on.

You may have never even heard of the kid before this season, but boy does he work.

The effort level is evident on both ends of the floor. Watanabe truly has the trait that we have grown so accustomed to seeing in numerous Raptors players over the past decade.

“I’m really glad I’m with the Raptors right now,” said Watanabe following the 115-102 victory over the Orlando Magic. “I’m very proud of myself, what I’m doing right now.”

Watanabe definitely has plenty to be proud of.

Entering camp on a non-guaranteed deal during a pandemic with little to no expectations, Watanabe earned a spot on the Raptors roster as a two-way player. His play has continued to improve with more time and on Sunday evening he scored 11 points on 3-for-4 shooting, blocking three shots and picking off a steal in 18 bench minutes. Siakam, obviously, had the big night, finishing with 30 points and 10 rebounds, while Kyle Lowry chipped in with 12 points and a season-high 15 dimes.

As the Raptors continue to play without OG Anunoby and Norman Powell, the team hopes to see their two young wings on Tuesday night in Orlando when they take on the Magic once again.

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