As expected, Sullinger played only limited minutes in the debut. It is expected that he will be eased into a bigger role, though neither the rate of easing nor the size of the eventual role are yet known.
Sullinger was cleared to practice less than a week ago after undergoing surgery in October to address a fractured right foot, and he'll now suit up for his first game for the Raptors since signing as a free agent in the offseason. The forward will likely be brought along gradually as he works back into game shape, and he's expected to face a minutes restriction for at least his first few games back. Eventually, it's possible that Sullinger could end up as the Raptors' starting power forward.
Sullinger required surgery to address a fractured right foot back in October, and it looks like a return to the court may be near. His clearance for practice means that he'll be able to take contact in a full-court, five-on-five setting, amounting to the final step in the lengthy recovery process. It was initially feared that Sullinger wouldn't be able to return until after the All-Star break, but if his foot responds well to the activity in the upcoming days, he could be back by late January. Sullinger would likely face a minute restriction once he's cleared to return, but could eventually settle in as the
Sullinger (foot) could start practicing as soon as the week of Jan. 16, provided things go smoothly at his expected checkup, Josh Lewenberg of TSN reports.
Sullinger also went through four-on-four drills Friday. It's unclear what his exact role will be once he touches the court, but he should be able to provide relief for the Raptors' big men once he's available.
Sullinger (foot) took part in four-on-four drills during Friday's practice, Josh Lewenberg of TSN reports.
According to Lewenberg, it's the most rigorous workout Sullinger has performed with the Raptors since he was shut down during the preseason with a sore left foot that ultimately required surgery. The Raptors still haven't offered a firm timetable on Sullinger's return, but a more concrete date could emerge once he's taking part in a full-court, full-contact five-on-five drills. In addition to Friday's workout, Sullinger was also putting some shots during the Raptors' pregame warmup ahead of Thursday's contest with the Jazz. Taking part in on-court activities in back-to-back days would certainly seem to indicate Sullinger is inching closer toward his season debut.
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