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Raptors’ Gary Trent Jr. explodes in first half vs Thunder

Gary Trent Jr., Raptors

With Kyle Lowry out for the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday, Garry Trent Jr carried his team by exploding for 20 points in the first half against the Oklahoma City Thunder. This was an extraordinary half for Trent, who is averaging 14.6 points, 2.3 rebounds, and 1.4 assists this season. 

Lowry’s absence certainly gives Trent additional minutes and more opportunities to score. The Raptors badly need as many wins as possible to at least make it to the play-in tournament this season. The competition below the Eastern Conference standings is quite tough so Wednesday’s game for the Raptors could be crucial for them down the line. 

Trent, who was recently traded to the Raptors for Normal Powell, provides three-point shooting and additional floor spacing for his team. He’s a sniper who can get streaky in times thus becoming a threat on the floor. In Wednesday’s game versus the Oklahoma City Thunder, he shot 66 percent from the three-point line and was 80 percent in field goals in just 17 minutes—a plus 15 on the floor. 

Moreover, for Fantasy Basketball players, Trent could be a good addition now that Lowry is set to miss a couple of games moving forward due to a lingering toe injury. The Raptors have played nine games without Lowry this season and have won six of them. While there’s no particular player that can replace Lowry’s production, expect Fred VanVleet and Trent to take over the backcourt while OG Anunoby and Pascal Siakam round out the frontcourt. The Raptors stand at 18-19 just below the Chicago Bulls and Indiana Pacers.