Still just a year removed from an ACL injury, breath will be baited whenever OG Anunoby is found limping in an NBA game.
That was the case late in the second quarter against the Orlando Magic on Wednesday, as Anunoby appeared to roll an ankle making a tough basket in transition. He missed a free throw and stayed in the game for a pair of possessions before checking out and heading to the locker room with Alex McKechnie.
Anunoby has been ruled out for the remainder of the game with a right ankle sprain. There’s no word on severity beyond that, and with the team on the road, there may not be an update until prior to Friday’s game. It is the same ankle he sprained earlier in the year.
Anunoby had 10 points on perfect shooting from the floor in 10 minutes before exiting. The Toronto Raptors’ rookie has appeared in all 60 of the teams games this season, missing only one half due to an ankle sprain. He’d looked a little bouncier since the All-Star break, which makes sense given he’d never played anywhere close to this many games in a season before. For the year, he’s averaging 5.9 points and 2.4 rebounds, hitting 34.9 percent of his threes and posting the second-best net rating of any Raptor regular.
Norman Powell checked in to replace him and would figure to absorb any minutes Anunoby has to abandon.