Ibaka has been suspended for Thursday's game against the Heat, Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports. Ibaka was ejected from Tuesday's game against the Bulls after briefly tangling up with Robin Lopez and subsequently throwing a few punches. The league has brought down a one-game suspension for both players, which Ibaka is set to serve on Thursday. He's fully expected to rejoin the starting lineup come Saturday's matchup with the Mavericks, but in the meantime, Patrick Patterson and Lucas Nogueira should get more run at the power forward spot, while Pascal Siakam was recently recalled from the D-League and could rejoin the rotation.
Ibaka could face a suspension following his ejection from Tuesday's game against the Bulls. In the third quarter, Ibaka was involved in a brief melee with Robin Lopez, in which both players threw noticeable punches. While neither punch actually landed, the league does take intent into account, and it's expected that Ibaka will be hit with a suspension sometime Wednesday. The Raptors have recalled Pascal Siakam from the D-League, perhaps in preparation for an Ibaka absence Thursday against Miami.
Ibaka scored 16 points (7-13 FG, 2-3 3Pt) while adding six rebounds and an assist in 26 minutes before being ejected from Tuesday's 122-120 overtime win over the Bulls. He got into a brief fistfight with Robin Lopez in the third quarter that got both players sent to the showers, and while the ejections might have been a net loss for the Raptors from a talent perspective they lit a fire under the team that inspired them to overcome a 15-point fourth-quarter deficit to send the game to extra time. Since failing to score a point against Dallas a little over a week ago Ibaka seems to have found his comfort zone on offense, averaging 16.3 points, 6.7 boards and 2.3 three-pointers in his last three games.
Ibaka posted 17 points (8-14 FG, 3-8 #Pt, 2-2 FT), nine rebounds and one assist across 34 minutes in Friday's 87-75 win over the Pistons. While it was expected that DeMar Derozan would consistently be on fire during Kyle Lowry's (wrist) absence, offensive production has spiked at other positions instead, and Friday Ibaka was Toronto's top scorer. Ibaka's done rather well since his trade from Orlando, averaging 13.8 points, 6.5 rebounds and 44.4 percent from the floor. Often there's a period of adjustment for a traded player but it has only resulted in a slight dip in production for the veteran forward. The Raptors face the Pacers on Sunday, and n three games against the Pacers Ibaka has averaged 9.3 rebound and 14.3 points per game. His rebound output alone makes him an interesting DFS play as he's priced reasonably.
Ibaka contributed 10 points (5-11 FG, 0-4 3Pt), three rebounds, one assist and one block across 27 minutes during Thursday's 123-102 loss to the Thunder. Ibaka has been on five-game skid, averaging just 9.8 points on 37.3 percent from the field and 25.0 percent from distance to go along with 4.8 rebounds across 29.4 minutes per game -- though he's averaging an impressive 2.2 blocks per game over that stretch. Unfortunately for fantasy owners, this kind of inconsistent production is nothing new for Ibaka, who's had 12 games this season scoring in single digits (not including a zero point performance across 32 minutes) and 14 games scoring 20 or more points. While the 4.8 rebounds per game is poor even by Ibaka's standards, fantasy owners are likely used to Ibaka's sub-par rebounding despite his 6-10 245-pound frame, as his increase in three-point attempts throughout his career has led to a clear decrease in his offensive rebounding (per 36 minutes). Those who have Ibaka on their roster in a year-long format will likely just have to wait it out until he gets his groove again, though DFS players could take a gamble on him while his price is low and hope for a big game.
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