Raptors big man Marc Gasol has been sidelined due to a hamstring injury, but he's expecting to be well enough to play in Wednesday night's game against the Oklahoma City Thunder, according to a report from Ryan Wolstat of the Toronto Sun.
Marc Gasol said he expects to play Wednesday at OKC for #raptors
— Ryan Wolstat (@WolstatSun) January 14, 2020
The fact that Gasol is nearing a return is great news for the Raptors, who are currently holding a 25-14 overall record. The three-time All-Star was held out of Sunday's game against the Spurs, though reports indicated that he was close to being ready for game action. He initially injured his hamstring back on December 18th and was projected to miss “a period of weeks.”
In his 27 appearances with the Raptors this season, Gasol has racked up averages of 6.6 points on 36.4 percent shooting from the field (35.2 percent from beyond the arc), 6.6 rebounds, 3.4 assists 1.1 blocks and just under one steal (0.8) in 28.2 minutes per outing.
If Gasol is indeed cleared to play, Serge Ibaka could see his usage rate reduced a bit. However, Ibaka had 21 points and 14 rebounds in Sunday's 105-104 loss to the Spurs, so the team might look to keep his momentum rolling.
Wednesday night's game between the Raptors and Thunder is scheduled to tip inside Chesapeake Energy Arena at 8:00 p.m. ET. Both teams have won three of their last five games.