PHILADELPHIA – Raptors rookie Scottie Barnes has been ruled out of Game 2 of Toronto’s best-of-seven opening-round playoff series against the Philadelphia 76ers on Monday night.
The 20-year-old, who is a finalist for NBA rookie of the year honours, wore a walking boot on his sprained left ankle at Monday morning’s shootaround.
“I’m still a very positive, happy human being,” Barnes told reporters at shootaround. “Just taking it one day at a time.”
His absence is a big blow for the Raptors, who dropped Game 1 to Philly 131-111.
“I don’t know, might be soon . . . feeling better though, each and every day, for sure,” Barnes said on a potential return.
Barnes had 15 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists in an excellent playoff debut on Saturday before Sixers centre Joel Embiid stepped on his foot with about nine minutes left to play.
Gary Trent Jr., who has a non-COVID illness, wasn’t at Monday’s shootaround and is listed as doubtful.
Thaddeus Young, who has a sprained left thumb, wore a brace on his injured hand Monday. He’s also listed as doubtful.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 18, 2022.
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