Toronto Raptors head coach Nick Nurse hopes to have Serge Ibaka, Kyle Lowry back Sunday vs. Utah Jazz | Canada


They went out in the same game, now head coach Nick Nurse is hoping both Serge Ibaka and Kyle Lowry return in the same game.

Three weeks to the date of both injuries, Nurse told reporters prior to Friday’s game in Orlando that he hopes to have both of them back on Sunday when the Raptors host the Utah Jazz.

Both players were injured in the first half of the Raptors’ win over the New Orleans Pelicans on Nov. 8, with Kyle Lowry suffering a fracture in his left thumb and Ibaka sustaining a “pretty bad” sprained ankle.

Each player has been evaluated over the last three weeks and has been inching closer to a return that seems more and more imminent.

Toronto has done more than held its own in the absence of Ibaka and Lowry as the team holds a 7-2 record through nine games without them, including a road win over the Los Angeles Lakers and most recently, a gritty win over the Philadelphia 76ers.

The play of Pascal Siakam and Fred VanVleet has led the way while the emergence of Chris Boucher, Terence Davis II and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson has had a big part in the Raptors ability to thrive through adversity.

It’s been an injury-riddled season for Toronto, to say the least, as Ibaka and Lowry are two of six players that did not suit up Friday night in Orlando.

The Raptors eagerly anticipate the return of both; prior to the game in New Orleans, Lowry was averaging 24.0 points, 6.7 assists and 4.6 rebounds per game while Ibaka averaged 14.9 points and 6.6 rebounds in his first seven games of the season.

More to come on the latest…