Published: Sun, November 18, 2018
Sport | By Cameron Gross

Danny Green on the Raptors: 'I like our group'

Danny Green on the Raptors: 'I like our group'

Led by Kyle Lowry and Kawhi Leonard, the Toronto Raptors sport the league's third best offensive rating, while the Boston Celtics still hold the No. 1 defensive rating in the National Basketball Association. Fred VanVleet saw extra court time with Green out. Leonard is leading the Raptors in scoring this season, averaging 24.8 points and 8.4 rebounds per contest. OG Anunoby left Friday's game with a right wrist sprain and did not return.

Irving was ably supported by Jayson Tatum, who produced 21 points, with 12 of those coming in the fourth quarter and overtime. Leonard is also averaging almost 8 rebounds and 2 steals per game.

Green however, has faded into darkness, as his minutes have taken a massive dip, going from the low 30s to the low 20s in the last five games, as he has failed to reach double figures scoring in each of them.

Kawhi Leonard scored 31 with a season-high 15 rebounds for Toronto, which has lost three straight since opening the season with 12 victories in its first 13 games.

Al Horford #42 and Kyrie Irving #11 of the Boston Celtics look on during the game against the Oklahoma City Thunder on October 25, 2018 at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Hayward scored on a pass from Irving, then Irving rescued Tatum from a near-turnover and drive for the layup to give Boston a 113-109 lead.

The big man had been a shadow of himself during his year-and-change stint with the team, but new Raptors head coach Nick Nurse has managed to utilize him in a way that gets the most of his skill set.

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The Jazz dug in to make it close, and the teams traded the lead six times in the fourth quarter.

Leonard had a chance to win it at the end of regulation, but his long jumper went off the rim. "We got kind of stalled in that third quarter, but we picked it up again down the stretch".

Irving surpassed the 10,000 point and the 2,500 assist milestones.

Back in Boston, the Celtics hope to even the season series with a win Friday night at the TD Garden.

The Raptors had a rude awakening this past week and took a three-game losing streak - their first since the 2016-17 season - into Saturday night's game in Chicago.

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