More winning, less whining needed from Raptors

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During his Zoom availability Saturday, Nurse said he couldn’t provide any update on the status of OG Anunoby and Norm Powell, but later in the day, the team would update their status by announcing Anunoby will be out Sunday, while Powell is doubtful.

When Powell starts, he plays like an all-star.

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When Powell and Anunoby are both in the starting lineup, the Raptors are 2-0 this season, granted a tiny sample size.

Five games under .500, the Raptors play a Magic team that finds itself four games under .500 as the teams hook up for the first of two meetings in three night.

The franchises met in the opening round of the playoffs two years ago.

Orlando took the series opener when miscommunication on defence involving Kawhi Leonard and Marc Gasol led to an open D.J. Augustin three-pointer.

There have been many instances of miscommunication this season and it seems just as much whining.

WAY TO GO WATANABE

Pascal Siakam and Fred VanVleet combined for 58 points Friday night.

When the Raptors went with a super small ball lineup during their wild comeback, it was unheralded Yuta Watanabe who would fuel Toronto’s run.

He needed five shots to score 12 points, a season high.

The 24:27 on the floor marked a season high for Watanabe.

He also hauled down six rebounds.

During Watanabe’s past four games, he has recorded a combined 24 boards.

“He was really battling on D, he was really battling on the glass,’’ said Nurse. “He was really, really good.”