Raptors’ OG Anunoby hopes to return during NBA Finals
Toronto Raptors forward OG Anunoby has been sidelined since mid-April, when he underwent an emergency appendectomy. He hasn’t been cleared for full practice yet, but he has been taking some light contact in some drills. And though he’s still without an official timeline, the former Indiana Hoosier is hoping to make an appearance at some point in the NBA Finals:
OG Anunoby says he hopes to be back at some point during the NBA Finals. Says he hasn’t returned to full practicing, but has had a little bit of contact.
— Tim Bontemps (@TimBontemps) May 29, 2019
On Monday, Raptors head coach Nick Nurse hinted that Anunoby might be ready to play within the next 10 days. He would likely be on a minutes restriction at first, but there is no doubt he could help on the defensive end of the floor:
Nick Nurse says OG Anunoby is about 10 days away from being able to play. "He's doing better. He's on the court. He's moving around. He's not 100%, but he's healing."
— Josh Lewenberg (@JLew1050) May 27, 2019
Anunoby noted that sitting out in the playoffs has been frustrating, but he’s using it as a learning experience:
“It’s been frustrating,” Anunoby told Raptors beat reporter Josh Lewenberg. “Of course I want to play. But I’m taking it as a learning experience, just watching guys, seeing how they play, seeing the team’s schemes and trying to learn.”
Hopefully, Anunoby will be back on the floor sooner rather than later. The Raptors, who are making their first appearance in the NBA’s championship round, could use his services against the mighty Warriors offense.
The Raptors and Warriors will meet for Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday night. Tip-off inside Scotiabank Arena is set for 9:00 p.m. ET, with ABC having live broadcast coverage.