Serge Ibaka arrived at his media availability on Tuesday in a walking boot. Read MoreAnkle sprain puts Raptors’ Ibaka in walking boot, questionable for Game 6 — Toronto Sun
Serge Ibaka arrived at his media availability on Tuesday in a walking boot.
He sprained his left ankle midway through the second half in Monday’s Game 5 loss and is officially listed as questionable for Game 6 on Wednesday.
Ankle sprain puts Raptors’ Ibaka in walking boot, questionable for Game 6
Head coach Nick Nurse seemed to be suggesting the injury is not a serious one.
“I think we’ll certainly wait and see there,” Nurse said of coming up with alternatives should Ibaka not be able to go. “But just like always, we go to the next guy.
“Don’t know who that is yet. We’ve obviously played Chris Boucher some in this series. Could be Rondae (Hollis-Jefferson), could be somebody else, but we’ll just wait and see on that. Same as always: If he’s there, we’ll play him. I think there’s a good chance of that. If he’s not, then we’ll move on to the next guy and see if we can get him ready to go.”
Ibaka has been an underappreciated source of consistent production for the Raptors into this second round of the playoffs.
He’s Nurse’s first or second reserve off the bench and with starting centre Marc Gasol struggling to find his whole game — he’s still doing his stellar job on defence and passing the basketball — Ibaka has been more important than ever.
Through nine playoff games, Ibaka is averaging 12 points a night and just over eight rebounds.
Like Nurse, Fred VanVleet suggested he would be surprised if Ibaka is not in uniform Wednesday given his reputation as a guy who takes care of himself and his body better than most.