OG Anunoby probable for Raptors in NBA Finals Game 2 vs. Warriors
Forward OG Anunoby has been activated and listed as “probable” for Game 2 in the latest NBA Injury Report.
This development goes in line with Nick Nurse’s comment ahead of the NBA Finals, stating that the defensive swingman could return as early as Game 2 after missing the entire Eastern Conference playoffs.
“It does look like we may have him for Sunday to at least dress and, well, be active and who knows then,” Nurse said, via TSN. “It’s a few days away and he’ll probably improve between now and then, and we’ll see how game ready he will be, but the plan as of now is to dress him on Sunday, activate him.
Anunoby has been sidelined after undergoing appendectomy one day prior to the start of the postseason.
Toronto has fared well so far without Anunoby, as reserves Fred VanVleet and Normal Powell have stepped up significantly, especially in their East Finals win over the top-seeded Milwaukee Bucks.
Surely, the Raptors are more than willing to welcome him back as they can use Anunoby’s defense to disrupt the Warriors shooters. Moreover, his return gives Toronto superstar Kawhi Leonard some valuable minutes of rest.
Toronto did a good job in defending and making Warriors star Steph Curry work for his shots in Game 1. Anunoby can certainly help them maintain that defense. However, it is unclear how big of a role he will have for the Raptors in this Finals series, as they will surely bring him back slowly into the fold.