Monday, December 5, 2022

NBA Preview: Brooklyn Nets at Toronto Raptors

Injuries continue to consume Raptors as they host Nets

The Toronto Raptors will attempt to overcome a handful of injuries, with one of those potentially being Scottie Barnes’ sprained left knee, when they clash with the visiting Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday night.

Barnes did not practice on Tuesday and is considered day-to-day.

The Raptors have not played since Saturday, when they lost 124-122 in overtime to the host Atlanta Hawks. Barnes had 28 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists in that game.

Toronto is not sure when Barnes’ injury occurred, but it does not believe that it is serious

The timing is bad, however.

Toronto’s injury list includes Pascal Siakam (right adductor strain), Precious Achiuwa (right ankle sprain), Otto Porter Jr. (toe dislocation) and Justin Champagnie (lower back soreness). All have been ruled out for the game Wednesday, and Dalano Banton (ankle) is questionable.

Gary Trent Jr. (hip and illness) and Chris Boucher (illness) are expected to return on Wednesday.

The Raptors have split eight games since Siakam was injured during a loss to the Dallas Mavericks on Nov 4.

Although they are shorthanded, the Raptors will now try to take advantage of the Nets, who will be playing the second game of a back-to-back after a 115-106 road loss to the Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday.

Kyrie Irving scored 23 points for the Nets and Kevin Durant added 20. Ben Simmons, a former 76er, had 11 points, seven rebounds and 11 assists and was showered with boos in his return to Philadelphia.

Former Raptor Yuta Watanabe, now with the Nets, leads the NBA in 3-point shooting percentage among qualified players at 57.1 percent (24 of 42).

Watanabe (right hamstring strain) did not play Tuesday after combining for 36 points and 9-for-13 shooting from deep over the previous two games.

With Durant drawing attention and Simmons pushing the tempo, Watanabe has made the most of the clear looks that come as a result.

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