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Raptors SF OG Anunoby suffers fractured finger, out Friday vs. Hornets

Toronto will be without one of its key players for the stretch run.

Toronto Raptors v New Orleans Pelicans
OG Anunoby of the Toronto Raptors reacts against the New Orleans Pelicans during a game at the Smoothie King Center on February 14, 2022 in New Orleans, Louisiana.
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The Toronto Raptors will be without small forward OG Anunoby as he has a fractured finger. It’s unclear exactly when Anunoby suffered the injury, but he’s likely going to miss significant time and could be out for the rest of the regular season.

With Anunoby out, the Raptors lose a key presence on both ends of the floor. The forward was averaging 17.5 points and 5.5 rebounds per game this season, while also being a solid defender. Toronto is currently the seventh seed in the East and one game out of the sixth spot, which would put the Raptors into the postseason for sure. Losing Anunoby at this point is a tough blow.

Look for Scottie Barnes and Gary Trent Jr. to take on even bigger roles offensively with Anunoby out Friday and beyond. Pascal Siakam and Fred VanVleet will make up for some of the lost production, but there needs to be a third player to really fill Anunoby’s void.