Toronto Raptors

Position
F
 
Jersey
11
Name  Linas Kleiza
Born  1/3/1985
Height  6-8
Weight  248
College  Missouri
1/11/2013 6:41:00 PM
Description: Raptors small forward Linas Kleiza is out for Friday's game against the Bobcats. He's been battling a sore knee.
Insight: This will be Kleiza's sixth DNP in a row. There's no timetable for his return. Fantasy owners should have moved on by now.
 
Cold1/10/2013 10:51:00 AM
Description: The Toronto Sun reports that the Raptors will likely use their amnesty clause to release forward Linas Kleiza after the season.
Insight: Kleiza (7.4 ppg) has missed Toronto's last five games because of a knee issue and at this point, it's fair to wonder if he'll ever be fully healthy. Kleiza's 33.3 field goal percentage this season is the lowest of his career.
 
1/4/2013 6:06:00 PM
Description: Toronto forward Linas Kleiza (knee) will miss Friday's game due to a sore right knee.
Insight: Kleiza has been in and out of the lineup all season. Friday will be his third straight missed game. Rookie Terrence Ross has benefited from Kleiza's absence, averaging 14 ppg in 24 mpg over his last five games.
 
1/2/2013 8:15:00 PM
Description: Toronto forward Linas Kleiza (knee) didn't dress for Wednesday's game against the Trail Blazers.
Insight: Kleiza has been in and out of the lineup all season. When he has been able to play, he has produced 7.4 ppg. The veteran has been surpassed in importance by Alan Anderson and rookie Terrence Ross and isn't worthy of a fantasy roster spot.
 
12/15/2012 10:39:00 AM
Description: Toronto forward Linas Kleiza (knee) returned from a two-game absence to post 20 points and five rebounds with five 3-pointers Friday versus Dallas.
Insight: Kleiza has been in and out of the lineup lately, first with a hip injury and then with a sore knee, but he's made 10-of-17 3-pointers in the last two games he has played.
 
12/10/2012 10:41:00 AM
Description: Toronto forward Linas Kleiza returned to the starting lineup Sunday and scored 17 points, with all five of his made field goals coming from 3-point range. He added three rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block in 28 minutes.
Insight: Kleiza has been dealing with an injured hip but he appears to be getting healthier. Mickael Pietrus started while Kleiza was sidelined but he missed Sunday's game with left knee tendinitis.
 
12/7/2012 1:48:00 PM
Description: Toronto forward Linas Kleiza is doubtful for Friday's game against Utah because of a sore hip.
Insight: Kleiza didn't play Monday or Wednesday and it's clear that even when he's been in the lineup this season he hasn't been close to 100 percent. He doesn't belong in any fantasy lineups until owners can be assured that he's healthy.
 
12/5/2012 9:18:00 PM
Description: Toronto forward Linas Kleiza will miss Wednesday night's game in Sacramento because of a sore hip.
Insight: Kleiza didn't play Monday either and it's clear that even when he's been in the lineup this season he hasn't been close to 100 percent. He doesn't belong in any fantasy lineups until owners can be assured that he's healthy.
 
12/4/2012 11:36:00 AM
Description: Raptors small forward Linas Kleiza (sore hip) is questionable for Wednesday's game against Sacramento. He missed Monday's game with Denver due to the injury.
Insight: Kleiza is still getting under 20 minutes per game and averaging 7.0 ppg, 2.7 rpg, so at this time even if he plays, he's not a fantasy-worthy starter.
 
11/16/2012 6:10:00 PM
Description: Raptors small forward Linas Kleiza (ankle) is expected to play Saturday despite being limited in practice Friday.
Insight: That's good news for Kleiza and the Raptors since the team will be without Landry Fields and Alan Anderson. While the veteran will likely get an increased role he won't be much of a fantasy option outside of deep leagues.
 
11/15/2012 3:37:00 PM
Description: Raptors small forward Linas Kleiza missed practice on Thursday to rest his sore ankle.
Insight: Kleiza will have about 48 hours to get healthy before Saturday's 12:30 start against Boston. Toronto's roster has been decimated by injuries so there's a good chance Kleiza will play on Saturday even if he's less than 100 percent.
 
11/10/2012 2:51:00 PM
Description: Raptors forward Linas Kleiza will make his season debut Saturday against Philadelphia. Kleiza missed Toronto's first five games while attending to a family matter.
Insight: Kleiza averaged 9.7 ppg in 49 games for the Raptors in 2011-12. He averaged 7.5 ppg against the 76ers in two games last season.
 
4/16/2012 6:53:00 PM
Description: Linas Kleiza's injured knee will prevent him from suiting up Monday night when the Raptors take on Atlanta.
Insight: Kleiza had a solid outing against the Celtics on Friday (17 points, eight rebounds) but he looked a bit gimpy Sunday against the Hawks (five points, seven rebounds). Kleiza's injury makes James Johnson (15 points Sunday) a decent play tonight.
 
12/11/2010 11:04:00 AM
Description: Kleiza scored 26 points off the bench against his former team, the Nuggets. He hit four three-pointers and 12 rebounds.
Insight: Kleiza had scored 24 combined points in his previous four games, so one game isn't going to make me run to the waiver wire and sign him up. He is averaging 10.4 points. (RapidDraft.com)
 
11/27/2010 7:03:00 AM
Description: Kleiza came off the Raptor bench to score 18 points in a loss to the Celtics. He grabbed seven rebounds.
Insight: Kleiza only scored six combined points in his two previous games (after a 17-point effort). He won't get consistent minutes off the Raptor bench and will only play if he shows a hot hand. (RapidDraft.com)
 
10/29/2010 10:05:00 PM
Description: Kleiza had a decent game in the win over the Cavaliers with 19 points, five rebounds, three assists and a steal.
Insight: He was tagged as a sleeper coming into the season and he seems to be living up to that tag for now. He is owned in roughly 44 percent of legaues right now and would be a good addition to any team for the time being. (RapidDraft.com)
 
10/7/2010 8:03:00 AM
Description: Kleiza had 20 points, five rebounds and two steals in the Raptors rout of the Suns Wednesday night. He was also 4-of-4 from the three point line.
Insight: Kleiza is still qualifying as a sleeper and appears to have the starting small forward job for the Raptors. (RapidDraft.com)
 
9/13/2010 1:00:00 PM
Description: Kleiza led Lithuania to their first medal, a bronze, in the world basketball championship. He scored 33 points against Serbia.
Insight: Kleiza made the most of his limited playing time and offensive opportunities in Denver over the past four years. He could be a star for the Raptors in 2011-12. (RapidDraft.com)
 
9/10/2010 12:03:00 PM
Description: Kleiza had 17 points as Lithuania defeated Argentina in the world basketball championship.
Insight: After four years in Denver, Kleiza will take his 6-foot-8 frame to Toronto in 2010-11. The Raptors are a team in transition and Kleiza could be a nice fantasy surprise. (RapidDraft.com)
 

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