Toronto Raptors: Whose stock is rising/falling, plus a Siakam career-high

Toronto Raptors - Pascal Siakam (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)
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Toronto Raptors – Marc Gasol (Photo by Ron Turenne/NBAE via Getty Images)
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The Toronto Raptors head into the All-Star break winners of six in a row and eight in a row at home. How did each player fare individually, though?

The All-Star break has arrived. That means nothing but meaningful and competitive basketball for the Toronto Raptors this weekend, of course.

Incredible jokes aside, the Raptors won all three games this week and are on a six-game winning streak and picking up steam which can hopefully translate into more wins after the week-long break.

Toronto is in the middle of a six-game long homestead where they’ll face off against the Spurs, Magic, Celtics, and Trail Blazers before heading back out onto the road.

The week started with the introduction of a new man, Marc Gasol, who was brought in to bolster the ranks and push a contending team over the edge. That was shortly followed by the signing of Jeremy Lin. The Raptors were making a push.

On the court, things were pretty swell for Toronto. Wins against New York, Brooklyn and Washington pushed their winning streak to six games, the longest for the team since a five-game winning streak at the start of January. The Raptors haven’t closed the gap for the number one seed, but they haven’t let the Milwaukee Bucks get out of their sights as we head towards the home stretch.

Kawhi Leonard sat out the game at home against Washington following a game-winning bucket against the Brooklyn Nets in a thrilling game. A playoff series against the Nets would be fun, even if it would make you want to rip your hair out. Those guys can play hard.

The big night was on Wednesday as the Raptors ran out 129-120 victors over the Washington Wizards thanks to a superb second-half display and two career-nights for two young stars.

Only one of the two features in this column, though. Can you guess who?*

*It’s in the title, you really shouldn’t get this wrong.