OG Anunoby out ‘a while’ with hip pointer as Raptors injury woes grow deeper
SALT LAKE CITY—The Raptors injury woes grow deeper with OG Anunoby now on the shelf.
The team’s leading scorer, averaging 20.1 points per game and the only player to have started the first 15 games of the season is out indefinitely with a hip pointer.
“According to (vice president of player health and performance) Alex McKechnie, it’ll be a while,” Raptors coach Nick Nurse said here Thursday morning.
Anunoby was hurt during a short workout in Portland on Wednesday and joins Precious Achiuwa (shoulder) and Yuta Watanabe (calf) on the inactive list for a game Thursday night against the Utah Jazz.
The Raptors are beginning a gruelling part of the schedule with three road games in four nights starting Thursday and two more on the road before this season-long trip ends.
There is no indication when either Achiuwa or Watanabe will play.
The injuries decimate Toronto’s front court and put added pressure on Pascal Siakam, Khem Birch and Chris Boucher, the lone bigs on the roster.
“Pascal’s got to kind of fill in there for OG, a little bit more like he’s probably used to,” Nurse said. “And Khem and Chris gotta bring it, they’re going to have to bring a good 25 minutes each, 30 maybe, somewhere between 25 and 30 for those guys. And other guys got to bring it, too.”
Games missed this year by the Raptors due to injuries:
16 — Yuta Watanabe (left calf)
10 — Pascal Siakam (left shoulder) + one more game for injury management
3 — Khem Birch (right knee)
3 — Precious Achiuwa (right shoulder)
2 — Scottie Barnes (right thumb)
1 — OG Anunoby (left hip)
1 — Chris Boucher (lower back)
1 — Fred VanVleet (left groin)