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Raptors’ Kyle Lowry out vs. Blazers, Kawhi Leonard to play

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The Toronto Raptors take on the Portland Trail Blazers Friday night on the road. The good news is that star small forward Kawhi Leonard will return to the lineup after missing the previous two games with a hip ailment. The bad news is that starting point guard Kyle Lowry is out with a thigh bruise.

The Raptors have the best record in the NBA at 23-7 and have won the first two games of their four-game West Coast road trip. They defeated the L.A. Clippers and Golden State Warriors, impressive wins considering Kawhi Leonard didn’t play in either game.

In his first season in Toronto, Leonard is averaging 26.1 points, 8.3 rebounds, and 3.0 assists per game. The two-time All-Star and two-time Defensive Player of the Year is shooting 48.8 percent from the field, 38.1 percent from beyond the arc, and 85.9 percent from the free-throw line.

Kyle Lowry, meanwhile, is averaging a double-double on the season. The four-time All-Star is putting up 14.2 points and 10.0 assists while shooting 43.6 percent from the floor, 33.0 percent from the 3-point line, and 83.3 percent from the charity stripe.

Fred VanVleet will likely start for Kyle Lowry and join Kawhi Leonard, Pascal Siakam, Serge Ibaka, and Danny Green in the Raptors’ starting lineup.