Ibaka (ankle) will play in Wednesday's Game 6 and won't have a minutes restriction, Raptors radio voice Eric Smith reports. Ibaka was listed as questionable after showing up to his media availability in a walking boot Tuesday, but the big man will play through the sprained ankle he sustained during Toronto's blowout loss in Game 5. Ibaka was mostly ineffective in that game, but he went for 18 points and seven rebounds in Game 4, and he averaged 16.0 points and 9.0 rebounds over the first two games of the series.
Ibaka was wearing a walking boot Tuesday after twisting his left ankle Monday in the Raptors' 111-89 loss to the Celtics in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference semifinals series, Cassidy Hubbarth of ESPN reports. Ibaka told reporters that he initially felt as though the issue was minor, but when he woke up Tuesday, he felt more discomfort than expected, according to Blake Murphy of The Athletic. The veteran big man essentially deemed himself questionable for Wednesday's Game 6, noting that he'll wait to see how he feels during the Raptors' morning shootaround. Ibaka finished Game 5 with seven points (3-6 FG, 1-3 3Pt), four rebounds and a pair of blocks in 19 minutes.
Ibaka produced 27 points (12-14 FG, 3-3 3Pt), 15 rebounds, two assists and two blocked shots across 20 minutes in Sunday's 150-122 win over the Nets in the first round of the NBA playoffs. The bench drove the Raptors offense on Sunday, and Ibaka produced a hefty stat line in only 20 minutes. The center massively outplayed Marc Gasol throughout the seeding games, but coach Nick Nurse likes getting support from Ibaka from the bench. Few centers in the league can roam the perimeter and shoot threes like Ibaka, and his ability to keep defenders guessing is invaluable to the team.
Ibaka recorded 20 points (8-12 FG, 3-3 3Pt, 1-1 FT), 13 rebounds, two assists and a steal in 22 minutes during Friday's 117-92 Game 3 win over the Nets. Ibaka has plenty of peaks and valleys throughout the season, and Friday's performance demonstrated his upside. This effort was his 11th of the season with at least 20 points and 10 boards, and it was his seventh game of the campaign with at least three makes from downtown.
Ibaka is not on the injury report ahead of Monday's Game 1 against the Nets. The veteran was held out of the final three seeding games with a knee issue, but his absence was likely more precautionary than anything else. In his last game action, Ibaka went for 12 points and 12 rebounds in 25 minutes against the Grizzlies on Aug. 9.
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