OG Anunoby Will remember Toronto Raptors‘against game’ Utah Jazz on Thursday with a stylish pointer and don’t expect him to be back anytime soon. “According to (VP of player health and form) Alex McKechnie, it’s going to take some time,” Raptors coach Nick Nurse told reporters, through Toronto StarDoug Smith’s.
Anunoby, 24, has spent the early part of the season getting used to a new, more demanding role. He averaged 20.1 points in his career-high 37.1 minutes on a career-low 53.4% honest shot, with a career-high 23.4% utilization rate. Anunoby played 41 minutes in the Raptors’ 118-113 loss first Portland Trail Blazers on Monday, for the fourth time this season he’s crossed the 40-minute mark. He’s Toronto’s top scorer, and while the team has adopted a team-based approach this year, Anunoby has kicked the ball more often than anyone on the team.
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Injuries will prevent the Raptors from setting up some continuity with their starting games. Pascal Siakam back from shoulder surgery on November 7th, slipped into the starting lineup next door Fred VanVleet, Gary Trent Jr., Scottie Barnes and Anunoby, but that quartet has yet to play together more than two games in a row. (Siakam was benched for the second night of the confrontation in Philadelphia on November 11, and VanVleet was sidelined with a groin injury when Toronto hosted Detroit a few days later.) Losing Anunoby was a particular challenge because because he’s the type of player that can act as connective tissue for his teammates – he has gravity that shoots away from the ball and he can defend any position.
If there is a silver lining here, it could encourage the goal-minded Siakam to score more than in his first four games. Some more playing opportunities will of course also come to VanVleet and Barnes, and subs like Svi Mykhailiuk, Chris Boucher and Khem Birch will fight extra minutes. It’s still not clear when Yuta Watanabe, who missed the whole season with a leg injury, may be fit enough to compete.
“Pascal had to fill that in for OG, a little more like he might be used to,” Nurse said, via Star. “And Khem and Chris have to bring it; they’re going to have to bring 25 minutes each, maybe 30, maybe 25 to 30 for those people. And everyone else has to bring it too.”
Two weeks ago, the Raptors were on a five-game winning streak. Looks like they will stretch it to six as well, before squandering the lead in the final seconds of the match with Cleveland Cavaliers at Scotiabank Arena. Now that they’ve lost five out of six games, they have a 7-8 record and they’ll probably be out of breath for the rest of this road trip. After Utah, they will visit Sacramento (in the second half of a return game), Golden State, Memphis and Indiana. Consider this reminder number 43982439832 that things change incredibly quickly in NBA.
https://www.cbssports.com/nba/news/raptors-og-anunoby-out-a-while-with-hip-injury-a-blow-for-a-team-trying-to-get-back-on-track/ Raptors ‘OG Anunoby’ taking some time off ‘with hip injury, a blow for a team trying to get back on track