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Anunoby’s Status Changed to Questionable for Game 1, Raptors Hopeful

The Toronto Raptors are expecting to get OG Anunoby back for the NBA Finals, but it may come sooner than initially thought.

Earlier in the week, head coach Nick Nurse said that the Raptors are hoping to see Anunoby back on the court in about 10 days and that he has already been engaging in light practice. As reporters crowded the floor at the Scotiabank Arena during media day on Wednesday afternoon, Anunoby was on the court throwing up shots and moving far better than he did prior to Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals.

He is now listed as questionable for Game 1 tomorrow night and while that still seems like a very unlikely return date, with the extra day off in between games, the Raptors could possibly see Anunoby back in the fold on Sunday for Game 2. Cleared for practice and deemed fully healthy, Anunoby has been aiming to accelerate his conditioning in hopes of making an impact in the NBA Finals as soon as possible.

It has been a rough year for the second year guard who underwent an emergency appendectomy on a ruptured appendix prior to the start of the postseason, but a potential return in this series may prove great dividends for the Raptors who will receive another versatile defender who can take some of the toll off guys like Kawhi Leonard, Pascal Siakam, or Danny Green.

The 21-year old forward has not played since April 9 and has averaged seven points on 45.3-percent shooting from the field this season.

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