More bad news out of the Toronto Raptors’ head-scratching game five loss to the Boston Celtics: Serge Ibaka is questionable for game six. He appeared to roll his ankle in the fourth quarter of game five against the Celtics.
Ibaka appeared before media wearing a walking boot on his left foot. Fred VanVleet and Nick Nurse were relatively confident that he would play in game six, citing his toughness, but Ibaka himself was more tentative.
“I will see how I wake up tomorrow, because it’s different,” Ibaka explained. “When it happened last night, I felt like I could still play. Then today, this morning, it changed a little bit. So let’s see tomorrow when I wake up.”
Ibaka has been Toronto’s only player thus far in the series to shoot at or above his regular season percentage from two-point range. He’s also been one of two players, the other being OG Anunoby, to shoot at or above his regular season percentage from three-point range. So he’s been integral on offense. If Ibaka were not to play, that would be difficult for Toronto to overcome. There are some other options.
“But just like always, we go to the next guy,” said Nurse. “Don’t know who that is yet. We’ve obviously played Chris Boucher some in this series. Could be Rondae, could be somebody else, but we’ll just wait and see on that.”
Nurse had plenty to say about Boucher’s positives when prompted.
“I think he certainly plays that role well, those roles are energy-type roles, kind of play spot minutes or whatever the word I’m looking for is, “said Nurse. “Come in and just be energetic. I thought he did good [in game five], he had a good contest on Tatum, actually got a piece and blocked one of Kemba’s shots which we recovered. I thought he was awful close to a tip-in or two as the game progressed so, you know that’s one thing you’ve got to love about Chris. He’s going to come out there and give you that energy and try as hard as he possibly can. So that’s good to see, I give him a lot of credit for hanging in there and doing that when he gets his small moments to do it.”
If Ibaka can’t go, it sounds like Boucher may see extra minutes. However, it’s a day-to-day thing, and Ibaka is officially listed as questionable. We’ll update with more info as it comes.