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Ohm Youngmisuk: Ty Lue says the hope is that Serge Ibaka will return at some point on this road trip and play in a couple games before the postseason. Patrick Beverley will also start at point guard tonight.
Andrew Greif: While hosting an IG Live today to promote his new track, Serge Ibaka says “I’m doing good, my back is getting better.” pic.twitter.com/M447ilwbg6
Ohm Youngmisuk: Ty Lue says Rajon Rondo is out tonight. Serge Ibaka has progressed to 4-on-4 but is not with the Clippers on this road trip. Lue said he has given thought to keeping Ivica Zubac as the starter when Ibaka returns after how well Zubac has been in the starting five.
Andrew Greif: Serge Ibaka will not join the Clippers on their upcoming three-game road trip, Tyronn Lue says.
Eric Smith: Nick Nurse says Serge Ibaka will play tonight
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.”
Eric Smith: Ibaka, illness, won’t play
Josh Lewenberg: Ibaka gets a huge ovation, checking in for the first time in 3 weeks.
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 Koreen: No Ibaka tonight because of a sore knee.
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.
Josh Lewenberg: Ibaka (knee) returns today vs Wizards. Powell (hip) is out again
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.
Josh Robbins: Serge Ibaka did not practice today because of knee soreness—the 3rd practice day he’s missed. Ibaka is day-to-day, Frank Vogel said.
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May 16, 2021 | 11:47 am EDT Update
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May 16, 2021 | 10:58 am EDT Update
Tommy Beer: Wow – it’s official folks. The Celtics announce they are sitting their starters for today’s game against the Knicks. Jayson Tatum (Ankle) – OUT Tristan Thompson (Pec) – OUT Kemba Walker (knee) – OUT Robert Williams (Toe) – OUT Evan Fournier (Knee) – OUT Marcus Smart (Calf) – OUT
As his Golden State Warriors prepare for Sunday’s all-important, regular-season finale against the Memphis Grizzlies, Warriors coach Steve Kerr wants his team to have a clear mindset about exactly how much is at stake. With a win, the Warriors will finish the regular season with a 39-33 record, a game ahead of the Grizzlies for the eighth spot in the Western Conference — allowing for an easier path into postseason play. “We’re really looking at this [as] we’ve got to win two out of our next three games,” Kerr said after Saturday’s practice. “So basically that starts tomorrow; so, in effect tomorrow is a playoff game. And we’ve got to win two before we lose two. That’s what it comes down to out of the next three. Like a little miniseries from the old days in the early ’80s.”