After OG Anunoby and the Toronto Raptors went through a grueling back-to-back against a familiar foe in the Bulls and an elite rival in the 76ers, Toronto will get back on track against a Portland Trail Blazers team that moved off Damian Lillard and hit the reset button on the franchise.
Toronto has been a difficult team to figure out in their first three contests, as they went up against some tough opponents, yet showed some horrendous flaws that could come back to bite this team in the rear end. Just four games into the year, injuries have started to come back again.
Anunoby left Toronto’s loss to Chicago with some leg cramps, and he was held out of the team’s loss to the 76ers as a precautionary measure. Will the Raptors get him back for a game against a Blazers team that has multiple young scorers that Darko Rajakovic needs to worry about?
OG Anunoby Injury Status for tonight’s game vs. Trail Blazers
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?
Gary Trent Jr. started for Toronto when Anunoby was unable to go, and he should be expected to slide right back in if OG remains sidelined. Achiuwa could be replaced by Jalen McDaniels, who saw his playing time take a serious dip against the 76ers.
Projected starting lineups tonight
- PG Dennis Schroder
- SG Gary Trent Jr.
- SF Scottie Barnes
- PF Pascal Siakam
- C Jakob Poeltl
- PG Scoot Henderson
- SG Shaedon Sharpe
- SF Matisse Thybulle
- PF Jerami Grant
- C Deandre Ayton
Toronto Raptors next 5 opponents
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.
Nov. 1 vs. Milwaukee Bucks
Nov. 2 @ Philadelphia 76ers
Nov. 5 @ San Antonio Spurs
Nov. 8 @ Dallas Mavericks
Nov.11 @ Boston Celtics
Raptors injury report
- Christian Koloko-OUT-Respiratory Condition
- Precious Achiuwa-DOUBTFUL-Groin
Trail Blazers injury report
- Anfernee Simons-OUT-Thumb
- Ish Wainright-OUT-Calf