Baynes-Boucher debate rages following a zero rebounding game from Raptors big


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Alex Len was waived after seven uneventful and underwhelming games and the obvious need for size continues, even if small ball continues to be the norm around the league.

Toronto’s best lineup, the one suited to close out games, is a roster featuring Pascal Siakam, OG Anunoby, Norm Powell, Fred VanVleet and Lowry.

Depending on matchups, Boucher becomes a viable option.

You can’t expect Boucher to play almost 33 minutes, like he did in Atlanta, or flirt with a 30-point night.

He recorded 10 rebounds in the loss and went to the line 13 times, the same amount of shots he heaved from the field.

It was Boucher at his best, Baynes at his worst.

Somewhere in the middle is what the Raptors require from their centre position as opposed to this wild disparity.

“I would rather have 10 points in a win than 29 in a loss,” said Boucher. “At this point, we’ve just got to figure out a way to get our wins in.

“It’s always better to celebrate a win than somebody having a career high.”

Following his franchise-record 54-point night against the Magic when he drilled 11 of 14 threes, VanVleet has gone a combined 4-of-16 from distance in his past two games.

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He also dished off 10 dimes in Atlanta, the third time this season Steady Fready has recorded a double-digit assist night.

VanVleet acknowledged how the Raptors were off, even though they did get off to a nice start in the first quarter.

“I just didn’t think we were sharp enough,” he said. “Especially defensively, we gave up three 30-point quarters and that’s not going to get it done, especially on the second night of a back-to-back.