The Toronto Raptors may be down a player in their already-tight seven man rotation.
Serge Ibaka is the latest Raptor to fall victim to the injury bug, having exited last night’s blowout loss to the Celtics with approximately seven minutes left in the fourth quarter, heading immediately back to the locker room.
This morning, Serge showed up to his media availability wearing a walking boot on his left foot, stating that he twisted his ankle in last night’s loss. When asked if he would be able to play in the Raptors must-win game on Thursday, Ibaka responded, “I will see how I wake up tomorrow… When it happened last night I felt like I could still play, and then this morning it was tender a bit, so let’s see tomorrow when I wake up.”
Serge Ibaka in a walking boot and is not sure he will play in Game 6. pic.twitter.com/YzDbPMNqhF
— Jeff Zillgitt (@JeffZillgitt) September 8, 2020
Throughout The Playoffs, Ibaka has been one of Toronto’s top performers. He is currently posting averages of 15.1 points, 8.2 rebounds, and 1.2 blocks per game on 60.7% shooting, and a blistering 52.8% from behind the arc.
Ibaka is due to hit the open market this summer and command a large contract given how well he’s played over the past couple of seasons. If the Raptors are unable to extend their series with the Celtics to 7 games, questions may begin to fly on whether the Congolese big man has played his last game as a Raptor.