Raptors' Anunoby hopes to return in the Finals

ABS-CBN Sports on May 30, 2019 07:39 AM
Raptors' Anunoby hopes to return in the Finals
FILE - TORONTO, CANADA - JANUARY 31: OG Anunoby #3 of the Toronto Raptors walks the tunnel prior to the game against the Milwaukee Bucks on January 31, 2019 at the Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Mark Blinch/NBAE via Getty Images)

TORONTO (AP) — Toronto Raptors reserve OG Anunoby hopes to return during the NBA Finals after missing almost seven weeks because of an emergency appendectomy.

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Anunoby had surgery April 11 (April 12, PHL time), two days before the Raptors opened the first round of the playoffs against Orlando. Over the past few days, he has been taking shots and handling light contact, but he has not yet returned to full practice.

He’s been upgraded to questionable for Thursday’s (Friday, PHL time) series opener against Golden State. On Monday (Tuesday, PHL time), Raptors coach Nick Nurse said Anunoby was approximately 10 days away from a return.

The forward played in 67 games this season, his second in the NBA. He averaged 7.0 points and 2.9 rebounds.

Speaking to reporters Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time), Anunoby said his appendix burst before his surgery, leading to complications because of an infection and slowing his recovery.

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