Nogueira exited Friday's 119-82 preseason loss to the Wizards with a left ankle sprain.
Nogueira was likely to serve as the top backup to starting center Jonas Valanciunas in the Oct. 26 regular-season opener against the Pistons, but depending on the severity of the sprain, he could be out of commission for that contest. More word on Nogueira's health should arrive in the coming days. If he's ultimately ruled out for the start of the season, rookie Jakob Poeltl would take on No. 2 center duties.
Nogueira will start in Friday's preseason matchup with the Argentinian club San Lorenzo, Ryan Wolstat of the Toronto Sun reports.
Nogueira is starting as a result of the Raptors resting all five of their usual starters and a few of their top bench players. Look for Nogueira to see a minutes bump while in the starting lineup.
Nogueira is expected to be first up to try to earn backup minutes at center due to his experience, but won't get many chances to prove himself worty, especially if rookie Jakob Poetl proves to be a better option, Josh Lewenberg of TSN Sports reports.
Nogueira will need to compete with Poetl in fall camp in order to earn a consistent bench role behind starting center Jonas Valanciunas. In the 20115-16 season, Nogueira appeared in 29 games , averaging 2.2 points and 1.6 rebounds in eight minutes per game.
Lucas Nogueira (coach's decision) was inactive for Tuesday's 102-96 overtime loss to the Heat in Game 1 of the series.
Nogueira hasn't played in any of the Toronto Raptors ' eight postseason games to date, and he'll likely remain inactive throughout the playoffs so long as none of the team's other players succumb to an injury.
Lucas Nogueira will draw the start in Toronto's season finale versus the Nets.
Nogueria will start at center for the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday. He has averaged only 6.8 minutes in the 28 games he has seen action this season. It will be hard to predict his output based on the lack of history to go on, but he should see a relatively heavy workload.
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