Age: 32 Height: 6-0 Weight: 205 lbs School: Villanova
Roughly a quarter of the way into the 2018-19 NBA season, many would consider the Raptors to be the toast of the Eastern Conference. As Khadrice Rollins noted in last week’s power rankings, Toronto’s roster, headlined by Kawhi Leonard and Kyle Lowry, makes Nick Nurse’s squad a legitimate championship contender. With the Raptors a favorite to emerge out of the East, it’s reasonable to begin imagining scenarios in which they could be challenged in the playoffs.
A wide-open Kyle Lowry missed from the corner with 90 seconds to play, capping a Toronto loss in which he went 0-for-5 to extend a recent slump in which he is 4-for-28 overall in the past four games.
Jarrett Allen hit the go-ahead layup with 64 seconds left in overtime, and the Brooklyn Nets outlasted the Toronto Raptors for a 106-105 victory Friday night in New York, ending a pair of eight-game losing streaks. Allen helped the Nets end an eight-game home losing streak and an eight-game overall skid when he converted a reverse layup after getting the pass from Spencer Dinwiddie. The Nets then exhaled as Kyle Lowry missed a left-wing 3-point attempt with 49 seconds left and Fred VanVleet missed a 3-point shot right before the final buzzer.
Raptors president Masai Ujiri says he has never done anything malicious toward Kyle Lowry but that if it was wrong to deal DeMar DeRozan, "Yes, that's what I did wrong."
Detriot jumps into the top-10 and Philly climbs all the way up to No. 2, but Toronto retains the top spot in this week�s Power Rankings.