NBA Rumor: Scottie Barnes Injury

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Toronto Raptors rookie Scottie Barnes on Wednesday said the pain level in his left ankle is minimal after missing two games versus the Philadelphia 76ers in the first round of the playoffs. Barnes suffered the injury in Game 1 after his foot was stepped on by Joel Embiid. He missed the next two games before returning to play on Saturday as the Raptors beat the Sixers in Game 4 to avoid a series sweep. He had six points, 11 rebounds and two assists.

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X-rays on Barnes’ ankle came back negative, but Raptors coach Nick Nurse said further imaging would be done Sunday. He gave the same report on Raptors forward Thaddeus Young, who left the game in the second quarter with a left thumb sprain. “It’s tough, man,” Raptors forward Pascal Siakam said of Barnes’ injury. “Obviously, he works extremely hard, and he’s been playing awesome this season. And I know he was super excited about the playoffs and wanting to be there and play. “So, yeah, man, we’ll see. Obviously we hope to have him next game. But yeah, it’s definitely tough to see him go down. And I know that it’s hard for him, because he wanted to be out there with us.”
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