The Raptors are quietly back to being the second-best team in the Eastern Conference

Toronto has the league¡¯s best offense and an average defense. They¡¯ve barely lost to good teams and thwacked bad ones. Lowry and DeRozan are both having career years, and the Raptors will survive if either of them fall off even slightly. Patrick Patterson is injured now, but the Raptors have several bench players who they can plug in during his absence.

Limited Youth Nick Perry Jersey That¡¯s because, first and foremost, he¡¯s a shot-blocking machine.
¡°There¡¯s going to be nights where I get a few (blocks), there¡¯s going to be nights where I don¡¯t,¡± Durant told reporters after posting 22 points, 17 rebounds, and five blocks in Golden State¡¯s Wednesday 121-111 win over Toronto.

Those block parties seem more often than not.

Durant¡¯s 1.5 blocks per game are a career-high and he has 16 games with at least two blocks this season, according to Basketball-Reference. That¡¯s tied with Bucks¡¯ shot-blocker John Henson and ahead of guys like LeBron James (four), Andre Drummond (nine), Karl-Anthony Towns (12), Dwight Howard (15), and Bismack Biyombo (15).

Limited Youth Phil Esposito Jersey Only one non-big man has recorded more games with two or more blocks than Durant: Giannis Antetokounmpo, with 17. He¡¯s joined by Rudy Gobert (29), Anthony Davis (27), Myles Turner (25), Hassan Whiteside (24), DeAndre Jordan (20), Kristaps Porzingis (19), Brook and Robin Lopez (17), and Marc Gasol (17).

Atlanta won in overtime, perhaps stymieing briefly the Paul Millsap trade rumors that are already getting going. Hardaway Jr. finished with 29 points on 11-of-13 shooting.

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