Toronto Raptors ahead Serge Ibaka was wearing a protective boot on his left shoulder Tuesday morning and he does not know whether he will play Wednesday’s Game 6 against the Boston Celtics.
Ibaka hurt the foot Monday’s Game 5 ) blowout loss to the Celtics.
“I’m just trying to see how I feel tomorrow,” Ibaka said.
Ibaka added he believed he might have continued to play the ankle Game 5, but it felt different if he awakened Tuesday morning.
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Toronto is formally listing Ibaka as suspicious for Game 6.
However, Toronto trainer Nick Nurse stated the team is optimistic Ibaka are going to have the ability 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.”
Raptors protector Fred VanVleet stated Ibaka is a “big part of the team” and, such as Nurse, stated he believes Ibaka will perform Wednesday.
“Obviously we need him out there,” VanVleet explained. “I haven’t spoken to him about how he’s feeling or anything, but just knowing him personally, I would be surprised if he wasn’t out there. Serge is probably the best I’ve ever seen at taking care of his body and recovering and following his routine. Hopefully he can get back feeling good today and be ready for us tomorrow.”
Ibaka is averaging 11.8 points and 6.6 rebounds per match against Boston this show whilst shooting 51.2percent total and 50.0percent from 3-point variety. He had three 20-stage games at the Raptors’ first-round sweep against the Brooklyn Nets.
If Ibaka is not able to playwith, Nurse stated that Chris Boucher or Rondae Hollis-Jefferson may wind up playing those accessible moments.
Boucher has performed 24 minutes more than three matches this sequence. Hollis-Jefferson has performed twice for a total of twenty five minutes, though all those came in the last minutes of out-of-hand declines in Game 1 and Game 5. )