Toronto Raptors’ Scottie Barnes out for Game 2 against Philadelphia 76ers but says ankle feeling better

PHILADELPHIA — Toronto Raptors coach Nick Nurse mentioned Monday earlier than shootaround forward of Game 2 against the Philadelphia 76ers that rookie ahead Scottie Barnes will not play, and that it was unlikely guard Gary Trent Jr. or Thaddeus Young would, both.

“Scottie’s out,” Nurse mentioned. “Gary isn’t right here for shootaround, he is nonetheless uncertain and Thad is, I imply, he is acquired some injury there in his thumb. They are going to attempt to tape him up right here as we speak and see what it seems to be like right here shootaround, but I might think about he is uncertain, too.”

All three gamers had been listed as uncertain, as Nurse had mentioned they’d be following Sunday’s follow. Barnes suffered a left ankle sprain when 76ers star Joel Embiid by accident stepped on his foot within the fourth quarter of Game 1, whereas Young sprained his left thumb within the second quarter. Trent performed by a non-COVID sickness that bothered him within the week main as much as the sport and compelled him to overlook Sunday’s follow and Monday’s shootaround.

The focus Monday, although, was on Barnes, who appeared and spoke to the media for the primary time since struggling the harm, and was carrying a big boot on his left foot.

Barnes, who went down in a heap and yelled in ache earlier than attending to his ft after a couple of minutes and gingerly making his means off the courtroom and to the locker room with some help when the harm occurred, mentioned he initially feared it might be far worse than an ankle sprain.

“I believed it was going to be unhealthy, man,” Barnes mentioned. “I hit the bottom and I used to be like, ‘Damn. It’s only the start, simply getting began.

“But, afterward, I used to be simply nonetheless making an attempt to have optimistic ideas, and maintain myself into it.”

One of the finalists for this yr’s Rookie of the Year award, Barnes was arguably Toronto’s greatest participant in Game 1, ending with 15 factors, 10 rebounds and eight assists in 31 minutes earlier than exiting with the harm.

He declined to present a timeline for his return, but mentioned he a number of instances he was feeling better every day.

“I do not know,” he mentioned with a smile, when requested when he might be again on the courtroom. “Might be quickly. We simply should see. Feeling better, although, every day.”

All of it provides as much as a scenario that is far lower than preferrred for the Raptors, who got here into this sequence as, within the eyes of many observers, with an actual shot of beating the favored 76ers, solely to each get blown out in Game 1 and probably lose three rotation gamers — together with two starters — for Game 2.

But the group’s two veteran leaders, Fred VanVleet and Pascal Siakam, have reiterated over the previous 24 hours that they have been in these kind of conditions loads of instances earlier than, and that it is as much as them to rally the group collectively and transfer issues ahead in a optimistic route coming into Game 2.

“I believe everybody roles type of go up somewhat bit,” Siakam mentioned. “There’s any individual that is going to be there for Scottie, and any individual that is going to be there for whoever’s not taking part in. So I believe that everybody’s acquired to step up. We all acquired to step up. And these guys [are] an enormous a part of our group.

“So, you recognize, weed them out, you recognize, clearly, we’re lacking one thing. So individuals acquired to step up. We all acquired to step up.”

As far as who, particularly, will step up — and into the beginning lineup rather than Barnes and Trent, assuming the latter can also’t play — Nurse declined to say who would accomplish that.

“I’m simply going to should see all the way in which as much as recreation time as who is definitely going to be in there,” Nurse mentioned. “[It] may go a variety of methods. It might be utilized in you recognize, bit minutes for a bunch of various guys. We’ll simply have to attend and see on that.”

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