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Anthony Slater: OG Anunoby will be active for the Raptors tonight. Probably won’t play, Nurse said, but another big wing, if needed.
It looks like OG Anunoby could be active for Game 2. According to the NBA’s injury report, Anunoby is listed as “probable” Sunday night as he continues to recover from an emergency appendectomy he had at the beginning of the playoffs.
Tim Bontemps: Nick Nurse says OG Anunoby is out tonight, but that the plan is to activate him for Game 2.
Josh Lewenberg: Nick Nurse says OG Anunoby is about 10 days away from being able to play. “He’s doing better. He’s on the court. He’s moving around. He’s not 100%, but he’s healing.”
Ryan Wolstat: Per sources, the Raptors are quietly optimistic that they’ll get OG Anunoby back at some point vs. Warriors in the NBA Finals. They don’t know for sure, but spacing of games should help. Also long breaks between most games helps Kawhi quite a bit.
Josh Lewenberg: OG Anunoby is out here getting some (very) light work in. First time I’ve seen him on the court pre-game since the appendectomy.
Michael Grange: Nurse also says there is as yet no time table for OG Anunoby’s return from appendectomy, though he’s being more active every day.
Ryan Wolstat: OG Anunoby and Patrick McCaw still out for Raptors.
Kane Pitman: There has been some rumours that OG Anunoby could return during the ECF for the Raptors. This won’t be in game one though, as he is listed as OUT for tonight. The Raptors went with a seven man rotation in game 7 against Philadelphia on Sunday.
Raptors head coach Nick Nurse said on Sportsnet 590 The Fan’s Prime Time Sports that he doesn’t anticipate Anunoby playing in the Eastern Conference Finals against the Milwaukee Bucks. “It was tough. It was a tough one,” Nurse said Tuesday about the surgery, which normally takes around an hour to complete. “I feel so bad for him.” An infection during the surgery is what made the surgery rough, Nurse said.
Ryan Wolstat: Nurse says Anunoby return is a long way away.
After an emergency appendectomy, Toronto Raptors guard OG Anunoby could be unavailable in the playoffs until a potential berth in the Eastern Conference Finals, league sources told ESPN. The second-seeded Raptors meet the Orlando Magic in Game 1 of an Eastern Conference first-round series on Saturday.
Shams Charania: Raptors’ OG Anunoby is expected to be sidelined at least two weeks, league sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium. Blow to Toronto’s lineup.
Tim Reynolds: The Toronto Raptors announced Friday that forward OG Anunoby had an emergency appendectomy after being diagnosed with acute appendicitis. There is no timeline for Anunoby’s return and his condition will be updated as appropriate.
Eric Smith: Nick Nurse says OG will play tonight.
Josh Lewenberg: Only Anunoby (probable) and McCaw (out) listed on the afternoon injury report. Would expect the Raps to play these next 2 games (tonight in Charlotte, Sunday vs Miami) straight up and rest guys (Kawhi, Lowry, maybe others) in next Tuesday’s season finale @ Minnesota.
Josh Lewenberg: Danny Green will play tonight. Anunoby and McCaw still out.
Josh Lewenberg: OG and McCaw are out again tonight. Kawhi is back.
Josh Lewenberg: The Raptors have listed Kawhi Leonard as OUT for tomorrow’s game in Chicago. According to the NBA’s injury report, it’s for ‘personal reasons’ not ‘load management’. OG Anunoby is still out with concussion-like symptoms.
Doug Smith: Raptors move OG Anunoby to “out” for tonight vs. Knicks. Seems a prudent decision
Eric Smith: OG…was working out this morning with the team…experienced some dizziness. So, as the Raptors PR noted earlier, he is out with concussion-like symptoms.
Ryan Wolstat: Sounds like OG Anunoby should be back for Pacers game Wed. with a chance for tomorrow vs. Kings too. Kawhi away today at scheduled doctor’s appointment.
Josh Lewenberg: Anunoby will play, so will Miles. Only Powell is expected to be out for the Raps
Eric Smith: OG Anunoby, CJ Miles, Norman Powell are out, according to Nick Nurse. Kyle Lowry is a game time decision.
Ryan Wolstat: Nurse says Anunoby should be back next game. OG says he’s fine, just a sprain. Same one he broke in high school, but all good.
Ryan Wolstat: OG Anunoby is out (wrist), C.J. Miles (adductor) are out for Raptors tonight (Norman Powell too) plus Kawhi. LaVine highly questionable per Bulls.
Ryan Wolstat: OG Anunoby done for the night with a sprained right wrist. Fell on a non-call earlier in the night.
Michael Grange: Raptors will be without OG Anunoby (ankle) and Delon Wright (toe) vs. Rockets — they combined for 30 points on 13 shots in Raptors win vs. HOU in Nov. Rockets didn’t have Chris Paul that night, now they do.
Josh Lewenberg: As expected, OG Anunoby (ankle) will miss his first NBA game tonight. He played 60 straight & started the last 48, which is pretty remarkable considering he underwent serious knee surgery 13 months ago & was supposed to be out until Dec.
Josh Lewenberg: Anunoby (listed as doubtful with an ankle sprain) is almost certainly out tonight and sounds like he could miss additional time. Casey wouldn’t commit to a replacement this AM, said it could be fluid. Expectation is Powell starts.
Josh Lewenberg: OG Anunoby is done for the night with a sprained right ankle. It’s the same ankle he turned earlier this month. Raptors next game is Friday in Washington. The rook still hasn’t missed an NBA game.
Josh Robbins: Raptors officials said OG Anunoby sprained his right ankle and will not play the rest of the game. X-rays were taken and showed no fractures.
Josh Lewenberg: Casey said he doesn’t think Anunoby’s ankle injury is serious. “I think he’s okay. He turned it a little bit. It was tender and we didn’t want to risk it.”
Josh Lewenberg: OG Anunoby to the scorers table. He’ll make his Raptors debut tonight after all.
Michael Grange: According to @RaptorsMR rookie OG Anunoby will participate in the intrasquad. Was originally expected to be out until November (knee).
The Raptors drafted OG Anunoby 23rd overall in June knowing that the 20-year-old might not be able to participate fully on the court until December or so after undergoing knee surgery back in January. When asked at media day on Monday how he was feeling health-wise, Anunoby said he was good and was getting stronger every day. “I’m right where I thought I was going to be,” Anunoby said of his status. “I’m doing contact stuff.” The rookie has already participated in some pickup games, though the team still intends to be cautious.
OG Anunoby was the final green room invite, but could be a player with a long wait to hear his name called. He’s in the mix with Denver at 13 according to contacts and high on Portland’s list giving him a shot at spots 15, 20 and 26. But there’s a chance he falls into the second round, similar to Michigan State freshman Deyonta Davis last year. Medical reports have caused certain teams drafting in the late teens to red flag him as too big an injury risk with lingering knee concerns, following surgery.
Indiana sophomore forward OG Anunoby will miss the rest of the season, according to a statement released by the team on Friday. “It has been determined that OG Anunoby will undergo surgery on his right knee and will miss the remainder of the season. He is expected to make a complete recovery,” the statement read.
The 6-foot-8 forward missed time earlier this season with a sprained ankle. He was averaging 11.1 points and 5.4 rebounds per game. Whether this ends Anunoby’s Indiana career remains to be seen. He ranks No. 13 on Chad Ford’s latest Big Board, although this injury will affect his pre-draft workouts. “For a young man, OG has a very strong faith and a courageous spirit,” the statement added. “We are going to do everything as a basketball family to help him recover and rehabilitate from this unfortunate situation.”
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August 21, 2019 | 4:06 am EDT Update
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