Raptor of the Week: Malachi Flynn, Chris Boucher step up and into the starting lineup

The Toronto Raptors went 3-1 in their last four games over the past week. This comes as a bit of a surprise considering that Kyle Lowry, Pascal Siakam, Fred VanVleet, OG Anunoby and Gary Trent Jr. all missed games due to injuries or rest.

As a result, only two players were in the starting lineup in each of those past four games and both of those guys are sure to get more opportunities and minutes to finish the season.

Malachi Flynn and Chris Boucher are this week’s co-Raptor of the Week.

Filling in for the GROAT

Kyle Lowry has been taking it easy as of late, sitting out the last four games for rest purposes even after returning from a toe injury. In those four games, Malachi Flynn has been filling in quite well for Lowry in the starting lineup, averaging 14.8 points, 5.8 assists, 4.8 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game while shooting 41.4 percent from three on over seven attempts a night.

His best performance this past week came against the Atlanta Hawks, where he scored a career high 22 points. Flynn made a big late game push scoring 15 points in the fourth quarter including four threes in the final two minutes to cut the Hawks lead to two points.

Boucher starting at Power Forward

Since acquiring big men Khem Birch and Freddie Gillespie, Chris Boucher has seen some more time at the power forward spot. Earlier this week Boucher put a solid double-double of 12 points and 12 rebounds during the Raptors win against the San Antonio Spurs. But during last night’s win over the OKC Thunder, Boucher had the best performance of the week, posting 31 points, 12 rebounds, a block and a steal.

The theme of the game was all about the Canadian players from Montreal, and Chris Boucher stole the show.

Either the Raptors are sitting their key players for legitimate injury concerns, or they are trying to avoid making the play-in tournament so they can get a better pick in the draft. Whatever the case may be, it’s been refreshing to watch the new faces and the young players on the roster get their chance to shine.

Malachi Flynn and Chris Boucher were the biggest beneficiaries of this increased opportunity over the past week, carving out new roles in Nick Nurse’s rotation with only 14 games remaining in the regular season.

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