OG Anunoby and the Toronto Raptors don’t have a ton of time to lick their wounds following a brutal loss at the hands of the Chicago Bulls, as they will head back home for a matchup against the Philadephia 76ers that features Nick Nurse making his return to Canada after five seasons at the helm.
Losing their best defensive player right before a matchup with Joel Embiid is exactly what Toronto wanted to avoid, but they could be faced with that reality after Anunoby left their game against Chicago due to cramps. It remains to be seen if he can turn around and get back on the floor not even 24 hours later.
No matter what Toronto ends up doing with Anunoby, this game figures to be one of many incredibly tough matchups in an early-season schedule that has Toronto playing some of the best in the sport with frightening regularity.
OG Anunoby Injury Status for tonight’s game against 76ers
Anunoby hasn’t officially been ruled out for Toronto’s clash with Philadelphia. However, given the fact that Toronto is fresh off an overtime game the day before, they may play it cautiously this early in the season and tell him to take the night off.
Who would replace OG Anunoby in the lineup?
While Jalen McDaniels seems like the most natural replacement for him on the wing, it wouldn’t be surprising if Precious Achiuwa moved into the starting lineup for a game, Chris Boucher is rewarded with a start following his very impressive night, or Gary Trent Jr. starts at shooting guard.
Projected starting lineups tonight
- PG Dennis Schroder
- SG Gary Trent Jr.
- SF Scottie Barnes
- PF Pascal Siakam
- C Jakob Poeltl
- PG Tyrese Maxey
- SG De’Anthony Melton
- SF PJ Tucker
- PF Tobias Harris
- C Joel Embiid
Toronto Raptors next 5 opponents
After a home matchup with the Blazers, Toronto will embark on a 10-game stretch in which six of the next ten games are against the 76ers, Celtics, Bucks, or Mavericks. Toronto is being put through a gauntlet early in this season.
- Oct. 30 vs. Portland Trail Blazers
- Nov. 1 vs. Milwaukee Bucks
- Nov. 2 @ Philadelphia 76ers
- Nov. 5 @ San Antonio Spurs
- Nov. 8 @ Dallas Mavericks
Raptors injury report
- Christian Koloko-OUT-Respiratory Condition
76ers injury report
- James Harden-OUT-Holdout