Nogueira will move back to the bench for Wednesday's game against the Nuggets, Harrison Wind of BSN Denver reports.
With center Jonas Valanciunas struggling to stay healthy, Nogueira has picked up a few separate starts this season. Most recently, he worked with the top unit on Monday, going off for 17 points, nine rebounds, two assists, two steals and five blocks across 30 minutes. While it was an outstanding performance, both Valanciunas and Serge Ibaka are back to full strength, which sends Nogueira into a bench role. He'll likely see his minutes fall into the low-20's or upper-teen's, which restricts his fantasy upside. He'll battle for playing time off the bench with Jakob Poeltl.
Nogueira scored 17 points (7-8 FG, 1-1 3Pt, 2-4 FT) while adding nine rebounds, five blocks, two assists and two steals in 30 minutes during Monday's 99-85 win over the Trail Blazers.
With Jonas Valanciunas (ankle) and Serge Ibaka (knee) both sidelined, Nogueira got the start in his return from an ankle injury of his own and delivered a huge performance. Depending on the health of Toronto's bigs, Nogueira could get another start Wednesday in Denver, but he could have a hard time repeating those numbers against a Nuggets defense that's allowing the fewest points per game in the league to opposition centers.
Nogueira (ankle) will start at center for Monday's game against the Trail Blazers.
Nogueira missed the last two games with an ankle injury, but will return to the lineup and move right into the top unit. Both Jonas Valanciunas (ankle) and Serge Ibaka (knee) have been ruled out, so Nogueira gets the call at center and should see a hefty workload with not a lot of bodies available. Jakob Poeltl should split the extra minutes with Nogueira.
Nogueira (ankle) is listed as questionable for Monday's matchup with the Trail Blazers, Josh Lewenberg of TSN Sports reports.
Nogueira has missed the last two games with an ankle injury and still appears to be dealing with some lingering soreness. He'll test it out during pregame warmups and then decide whether or not it feels good enough to play through. The Raptors are already expected to be without both Jonas Valanciunas (ankle) and Serge Ibaka (knee), so Nogueira would likely see a fairly large workload, and could potentially start, if he's ultimately cleared. Both Jakob Poeltl and Pascal Siakam are expected to see big minutes as well in the frontcourt.
Nogueira (ankle) will not play in Friday's tilt against the Lakers, Michael Grange of Sportsnet.ca reports.
Nogueira was unable to play in Wednesday's loss to the Lakers, but returned to practice Thursday. However, the team is apparently exercising caution with the big man. His next chance to return will be Monday versus the Trail Blazers.
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