Tomas Karageorgos | Report
The Toronto Raptors were without five players, including two starters on Sunday night in their defeat to the Denver Nuggets, 95-86.
Kyle Lowry missed his second straight game with a left thigh contusion, Pascal Siakam was out with back stiffness after taking a hard fall during the game against Portland. Fred VanVleet was out with back soreness, Jonas Valanciunas will continue to recover from surgery on his left thumb, while Norman Powell should be returning soon from left shoulder subluxation.
Delon Wright started his first game of the season and scored 15 points while grabbing eight rebounds. Kawhi Leonard recorded a double-double as he scored 29 points and brought down 14 boards. Leonard attempted six three-pointers and only scored one, which attributed to the Raptors shooting only 20% from three-point range.
Wright made the most of his start, showing his quickness and strength in the paint.
Denver were without a couple players as well. Paul Millsap was out with a right big toe fracture, and Will Barton is recovering from right hip/core muscle surgery. New addition Nick Young scored three points off the bench.
Nikola Jokic is 6’10”, but is very light on his feet and has excellent vision.
Jokic scored 26 points and grabbed nine rebounds. Canadian Jamal Murray scored 19 points.
The Raptors play their first game back at home at Scotiabank Arena on Wednesday night against the Indiana Pacers. Tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m.
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