Lucas Nogueira was a DNP - Coach's Decision in his return to the Toronto Raptors on Sunday.
He re-joined the roster from the team's D-League affiliate in time for Sunday afternoon's game, but a lack of practice time with the big club likely ensures that he didn't get on the court. There's no timetable yet for Jonas Valanciunas' return from a broken finger, but with the Raptors off until Wednesday, Nogueira has a better chance of working his way into the frontcourt rotation once Dwane Casey's been able to put him through his paces.
Lucas Nogueira scored 13 points (5-8 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 3-4 FT) with nine rebounds, nine assists and four blocks in 27 minutes during Wednesday's home opener for the Toronto Raptors ' D-League affiliate.
The young Brazilian center had a big stat line, but also struggled defensively against Celtics draft pick Jordan Mickey. Nogueira will likely remain with the Raptors 905 for most of the season, unless injuries hit the frontcourt on the NBA roster, so he should get plenty of court time in which to improve his skills.
Lucas Nogueira was sent to the D-League on Friday, TSN's Josh Lewenberg reports.
Nogueira has played just four minutes on the season, so he'll head to the D-League to take part in Saturday's season opener. He'll likely return to Toronto shortly after.
Lucas Nogueira (hamstring) made his season debut Sunday against the Heat and posted three points (1-1 FG, 1-1 FT) and one steal in three minutes of action.
It's a good sign that Nogueira was able to make the court, but this doesn't mean much from a fantasy perspective. He's played just seven games in his career, averaging 1.3 points and 1.6 rebounds in under four minutes of action, and he won't make much of an impact unless he cracks into the Toronto Raptors ' rotation.
Lucas Nogueira (hamstring) is inactive for Wednesday's season opener against the Pacers.
A hamstring injury limited Nogueira throughout the preseason, and it sounds as though he might still be slowed by the injury. Even when he returns to full health, Nogueira's low standing on the Toronto Raptors ' depth chart won't afford him many minutes off the bench.
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