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The Thunder has only lost twice in its last 10 games, mainly because of the stellar play of veteran guard Chris Paul and Canadian Shai Gilgeous-Alexander. In a win over Minnesota on Monday, Gilgeous-Alexander posted an eye-opening line of 20 points, 20 rebounds and 10 assists. He’s now averaging 19.9 points per game in his second season. Big man Steven Adams has also been playing well and Dennis Schroder has been one of the NBA’s top reserves.
Norman Powell vs. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander
Expect the Raptors to throw multiple looks (Powell, OG Anunoby, Pascal Siakam, for example) at the budding star. The Hamilton native lit up Toronto for a career-high 32 points earlier this season. Powell just got back from an injury, but continued where he left off against San Antonio. Gilgeous-Alexander averages five trips to the free throw line per game.
DID YOU KNOW?
Gilgeous-Alexander is the second-leading Canadian scorer, behind only Andrew Wiggins (23.2 points per game). He’s third amongst Canucks in field goal percentage, assists and rebounds … Billy Donovan’s team is 13-7 at home … The Thunder won by a point at Toronto … Serge Ibaka was a long-time member of the Thunder, including the team that made the 2012 NBA Finals.
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