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Top Khem Birch News
Raptors' Khem Birch: Will be fine for camp after surgery
Birch has undergone arthroscopic knee surgery to learn up loose debris and is expected to be ready for training camp in September, Vivek Jacob of the Raptors' official site reports.
The 2021-22 campaign was Birch's first full season with the Raptors. He appeared in 55 games and averaged 4.5 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.0 assists. Coach Nick Nurse utilized Birch as a starter for 32 games, though that was often due to the myriad of absences the Raptors were dealing with, as a fully healthy frontcourt usually featured Pascal Siakam at center. Heading into next year, it seems like a similar situation will play out unless an offseason addition at the position is made.... See More ... See Less
Raptors' Khem Birch: Joins starting five
Birch will start Wednesday's Game 3 against the 76ers, Blake Murphy of The Athletic reports.
After coming off the bench for Games 1 and 2, Birch will rejoin the starting unit for Wednesday's Game 3 in an attempt to slow down Philadelphia's Joel Embiid. As a result, Precious Achiuwa will shift back to a reserve role after getting the start in Game 2. Birch is averaging 4.5 points and 4.3 rebounds in 18.0 minutes per game this season.... See More ... See Less
Raptors' Khem Birch: Coming off bench
Birch will come off the bench for Saturday's Game 1 against the 76ers, Austin Krell of USA Today reports.
The Raptors will start small despite going up against Joel Embiid, so Birch will come off the bench. As a reserve, he's averaged 4.0 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.0 assists in 17.0 minutes.... See More ... See Less
Raptors' Khem Birch: Will start Sunday
Birch will start Sunday's game against Miami, Aaron Rose of Sports Illustrated reports.
With OG Anunoby (thigh) scratched from the lineup, Birch will enter the mix at center, while Pascal Siakam shifts down to power forward.... See More ... See Less
Raptors' Khem Birch: Non-factor in return
Birch had zero points (0-2 FT) and one rebound over five minutes during Wednesday's 125-102 win over the Timberwolves.
Birch returned from a one-game absence due to a knee issue, but he operated off the bench as the Raptors opted to stick with Pascal Siakam as their small-ball center. Backup big men Precious Achiuwa and Chris Boucher also appeared to be ahead of Birch in the rotation, as they both played 22 minutes off the bench. Birch had started 17 of his previous 18 appearances, but it appears his role may be reduced for the stretch run with the Raptors close to full strength.... See More ... See Less
Raptors' Khem Birch: Set to play Wednesday
Birch (knee) will be available for Wednesday's game against the Timberwolves, Josh Lewenberg of TSN reports.
Birch will return from a one-game absence, but he'll come off the bench as the Raptors stick with Pascal Siakam as their small-ball center. Birch had started 17 of the previous 18 games, averaging 4.5 points, 4.3 rebounds and 0.9 assists in that span (18.2 MPG).... See More ... See Less
Raptors' Khem Birch: Questionable for Wednesday's game
Birch (knee) is questionable for Wednesday's game against the Timberwolves, Aaron Rose of SI.com reports.
Birch was sidelined for Monday's contest against the Celtics due to swelling in his right knee and may be sidelined for a second consecutive contest. If he's ruled out again, expect Precious Achiuwa and Chris Boucher to handle most of the minutes at center once again.... See More ... See Less
Raptors' Khem Birch: Out with swelling in knee
Birch will not play Monday against Boston due to swelling in his right knee.
Birch is a new addition to the injury report, so it's unclear when the swelling popped up, but the Raptors will exercise caution with the postseason just around the corner. Expect Precious Achiuwa and Chris Boucher to handle most of the minutes at center Monday.... See More ... See Less
Raptors' Khem Birch: Rejoins starting lineup
Birch will start Wednesday's game against the Clippers, Blake Murphy of The Athletic reports.
Birch came off the bench the past two games and played only 11 minutes Monday against the Lakers, but he'll return to the lineup Wednesday. He's averaged 5.0 points and 4.3 rebounds in 18.6 minutes across 17 starts this season.... See More ... See Less
Raptors' Khem Birch: Grabs seven boards in start
Birch ended Wednesday's 103-100 victory over the Clippers with nine points (2-2 FG, 5-6 FT), seven rebounds and one assist in 21 minutes.
Birch moved back into the starting lineup after coming off the bench for two straight games, and put up a respectable line with nine points and seven boards. The scoring total was actually on the high side for him, as he has posted double-digit points only once in his past 29 appearances. Birch is a capable rebounder, but his lack of scoring and inconsistent playing time make him a player to avoid in fantasy.... See More ... See Less
Raptors' Khem Birch: Good to return Wednesday
Birch is available to return to Wednesday's game against the Spurs after losing a tooth, Blake Murphy of The Athletic reports.
Birch lost the tooth in a collision with Dejounte Murray early in the second half but has been cleared to return after being labeled questionable.... See More ... See Less
Raptors' Khem Birch: Secures eight rebounds
Birch totaled five points (2-6 FG, 1-1 FT), eight rebounds, three assists, one block and two steals across 26 minutes during Sunday's 104-96 loss to Cleveland.
Birch remained in the starting lineup and saw his highest minutes total since Jan. 11 since the Raptors were dealing with several injuries, and he finished second on the team in rebounds. In spite of his production on the boards against the Cavaliers, Birch has been an unreliable fantasy contributor during his stretch of eight consecutive starts.... See More ... See Less
Raptors' Khem Birch: Flops in starting role Thursday
Birch finished Thursday's 108-106 loss to the Pistons with two points (1-5 FG), three rebounds, two assists and one block across 20 minutes.
Birch continues to start for the Raptors, although you wouldn't know it to look at his game log. Despite the starting tag, he is barely seeing 20 minutes per night, perhaps more indicative of where he sits in the pecking order. The fact he has not scored in double-digits all season should tell you everything you need to know about his fantasy value or lack thereof. Clearly, he can be ignored outside of very deep formats.... See More ... See Less
Raptors' Khem Birch: Starting Friday
Birch will start Friday's game against the Hornets, Michael Grange of Sportsnet.ca reports.
With OG Anunoby (finger) out for an undetermined amount of time, it's possible Birch will be in the starting five for the foreseeable future. In his eight starts this season, he's averaged 7.1 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.1 steals in 19.9 minutes.... See More ... See Less
Raptors' Khem Birch: Set to start Wednesday
Birch will start Wednesday's game at Minnesota, Josh Lewenberg of TSN.ca reports.
Birch will make his first start since Jan. 14 with Fred VanVleet (knee) sidelined, as coach Nick Nurse will start out with a tall lineup featuring Birch, Pascal Siakam, Scottie Barnes and OG Anunoby. Birch has averaged 4.0 points, 3.7 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.7 steals in 17.0 minutes over the past three games and should see a bit more run Wednesday.... See More ... See Less
|HT/WT: 6-9, 233 lbs|
|Birthplace: Montreal, QC|
|School: Pittsburgh; Nevada-Las Vegas|