VanVleet and Barnes’ big nights lead Raptors past understaffed Warriors
Fred VanVleet and the Toronto Raptors are doing their best to deal with the rapidly changing COVID-19 world these days.
Led by VanVleet’s 27-point double-double and 12 assists, Toronto sent an exhausted Golden State Warriors 119-100 on Saturday after learning that Pascal Siakam and Dalano Banton both tested positive for COVID-19.
Both Raptors will miss 10 days as a result as more than 70 NBA players are currently mired in health and safety protocols.
“We have to stay focused on the things that you can control,” VanVleet said. “We are all in a vulnerable situation, an uncertain situation. The only thing that is constant is that things will not be constant.
The match was played before 7,988 at the Scotiabank Arena.
Construction of the Raptors (14-15) house may only be at 50% capacity due to provincial pandemic regulations designed to slow the spread of COVID-19.
“I think the whole game certainly had less effect,” said Toronto head coach Nick Nurse.
“With a packed house in one of the best teams in the league in town, it would have been totally electric, and that was OK. We will take any win in any way we can, but it was definitely from a player’s point of view. juice, missing for sure. “
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Precious Achiuwa knows all about being within the league’s health and safety protocols. Although he was fully vaccinated and provided negative tests, he was placed in isolation for 10 days because he came into close contact with someone during the Giants of Africa event on the 5th. December which Raptors vice president and president Masai Ujiri attended and tested positive shortly thereafter. for COVID-19.
Achiuwa also suffered from shoulder tendonitis but made a triumphant return against the Warriors with 17 points.
On Thursday, the Raptors saw their home game against the Chicago Bulls postponed due to a COVID-19 outbreak within the Bulls’ organization.
Meanwhile, OG Anunoby returned after a 13-game absence with a left hip pointer. He played 28 minutes and was good for seven points.
Four Raptors starters hit double digits. Rookie Scottie Barnes added 21 points and eight rebounds. Canadians Chris Boucher and Gary Trent Jr. were good for 11 and 10 points, respectively.
The league-leading Warriors (24-6) were starless Stephen Curry (rest), Draymond Green (right hip crunch), Andre Iguodala (right knee management), Otto Porter Jr. (left foot management) , Andrew Wiggins (rest) of Vaughan, ON.
Golden State goalie Jordan Poole was in on health and safety protocols.
Warriors head coach Steve Kerr has decided to send Curry, Green, Iguodala, Porter and Wiggins home to rest and avoid COVID-19 protocols at the Canadian border after their third straight victory in Boston on Friday. That left the Warriors with just nine players.
The Golden State game in Toronto was the end of a five-game, eight-day trip with previous stops in Philadelphia, Indiana, New York and Boston.
Jonathan Kuminga, 19, led the Warriors with 26 points.
It was the Warriors ‘first visit to Toronto since the Raptors’ Championship Series win over Golden State in 2019.
Toronto had a comfortable 31-18 lead after the first quarter and 63-42 at halftime. VanVleet had already registered a double-double of 20 points and 10 assists after two quarters.