Toronto Raptors forward Serge Ibaka was wearing a protective boot on his left ankle Tuesday morning and said he doesn't know whether he'll play in Wednesday's Game 6 against the Boston Celtics. Ibaka injured the ankle in Monday's Game 5 blowout loss to the Celtics. "I'm just trying to see how I feel tomorrow," Ibaka said.
Toronto is officially listing Ibaka as questionable for Game 6. However, Toronto coach Nick Nurse said the team is optimistic that Ibaka will be able to go. "We'll just wait and see on that. But same as always, if he's there, we'll play him. I think there's a good chance of that," Nurse said. "If not, we'll move on to the next guy and get them ready to go."
Josh Lewenberg: Ibaka didn't practice today. He'll travel with the team to Atlanta but is unlikely to play. He's close but Nurse wants him to get a practice in before he returns. Lowry is about a week away from being game ready, Nurse estimates a Dec. 1 target date.
Kyle Goon: Nick Nurse says Kyle Lowry will probably take a few weeks to heal; Serge Ibaka has a sprain that's severe enough for him to fly home from the road trip early.
Kyle Lowry suffered a small fracture in his left thumb and Serge Ibaka suffered a "pretty bad" sprained ankle, coach Nick Nurse said after Friday's 122-104 win over the Pelicans. Lowry is set to see a hand specialist when the team travels to Los Angeles on Saturday.
"It felt weird from the rip," Lowry said. "I kept playing through it and kept playing through it. Originally we thought it was something in the nailbed because the nailbed turned black and blue. We got some X-rays and we sent the X-rays off to the doctors and there was a small fracture in the thumb."
Serena Winters: After Serge Ibaka received 3 stitches (took a Kawhi elbow to the dome), Ibaka has returned to the game (with a bandage & quite the lump on his forehead).
Josh Lewenberg: For the second straight game, the Raptors will be without Lowry, Ibaka and Valanciunas tonight.
Eric Smith: CJ Miles is out tonight. Dental procedure. Serge Ibaka (knee) is probable. #RTZ #Raptors
Josh Lewenberg: C.J. Miles (shoulder) returns from his one-game absence today but the Raptors will sit Serge Ibaka out with a sore left knee.
Michael Grange: Raps vs. Knicks: Delon Wright (shoulder) is out; Norm Powell (hip) is out; Serge Ibaka (knee) not expected to play.
Mike Ganter: Ibaka's knee apparently started swelling after the game in Los Angeles. They don't know exactly how he injured it.
Eric Smith: Serge Ibaka (ankle) "should be able to go" tonight according to Dwane Casey. Great news for the @raptors. #raptors #rtz
Charles F. Gardner: Serge Ibaka said if Game 2 had to be played Monday, he might not have been able to go due to ankle sprain. But he thinks he can play Tues.
Eric Koreen: Ibaka on his ankle: “It’s day by day. I woke up this morning and was walking perfect.” Said it would be tough to play if game were today.
Josh Robbins: A precautionary MRI on Serge Ibaka's sore knee showed no structural problems, Frank Vogel said.
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