Birds of prey forward AND Anunoby has been ruled out for Thursday’s game against Utah due to a hip pointer, tweets Michael Grange from Sportsnet.ca. Main advisor Nick Nurse said today that the injury could keep Anunoby out for “a while,” Grange adds.
The nurse’s wording is vague and the club has not announced a more specific recovery timeline, but a hip pointer can be a week-to-week injury, depending on the severity. Anunoby apparently injured his hip during a Raptors training session earlier this week, according to Doug Smith of The Toronto Star (Twitter link).
Anunoby, 24, has been the Raptors’ leading goal scorer through 15 games (37.3 MPG), averaging 20.1 PPG and 5.4 RPG at .430 / .366 / .825 shooting, while delivering his usual excellent defense.
Toronto expects to run out of a more traditional start-5 as long as Anunoby stays on the shelf. The team has experimented with Anunoby, Pascal Siakam, and Scottie Barnes in the starting lineup together next to guards Fred VanVleet and Gary Trent Jr. Without Anunoby available, Siakam and Barnes are likely to start on the forward with a big man such as Khem Birch or Chris Boucher.