April 24 update: Starting point guard Fred VanVleet has been listed as questionable for Game 5 on Monday with a hip injury. The All-Star exited Saturday’s victory in the second quarter and did not return.
April 22 update: Barnes was expected to play in Game 4, but he’s been listed as doubtful again. Trent Jr. should be playing after he suited up in Game 3. The Raptors are down 3-0, so this is a lost series. If Barnes isn’t 100 percent, look for him to sit out Saturday.
April 20 update: Trent Jr., who was listed as questionable for Game 3, will suit up as he hopes to rebound from a poor showing in Game 2. Young is also available, but the Raptors will not have Barnes as he’s dealing with an ankle sprain.
April 18 update: Both Young and Trent Jr. will play Monday against the 76ers.
April 18 update: Young and Trent Jr. have now been upgraded to questionable, with the latter being a true game-time call as he’ll make a decision after going through warmups. With Barnes being ruled out, Trent Jr. would be a nice addition for the Raptors in Game 2.
April 17 update: The Raptors are likely to be without both Scottie Barnes and Gary Trent Jr. against the 76ers Monday. Thaddeus Young is also doubtful to play. Head coach Nick Nurse has said all are “closer to doubtful”, so for now it’s best to assume all three will be out.
The Toronto Raptors are back in the postseason for the first time since they lost a tough Game 7 to the Celtics in the Orlando bubble. This team is built out of the remnants of the 2018-19 championship club, led by star forward Pascal Siakam and All-Star point guard Fred VanVleet. The Raptors draw the Philadelphia 76ers in the first round, a team they beat recently near the close of the regular season. Here’s Toronto’s injury report ahead of the first round.
Raptors injury report
OG Anunoby (quad) day-to-day
Fred VanVleet (conditioning) probable
The biggest concern is Anunoby, even though he played 25 minutes in the season finale against the Knicks. The forward is averaging 17.1 points per game this year and would provide a much-needed wing scoring option for Toronto. Scottie Barnes has filled in admirably for Anunoby, but the Raptors really need their two-way wing to be at his peak for this series. VanVleet had some conditioning issues to close the year, but likely would’ve suited up for the finale if it would’ve impacted Toronto’s seeding. He should be ready for Game 1.