The Toronto Raptors may be without O.G. Anunoby and Precious Achiuwa on Monday night against the Portland Trail Blazers. Anunoby remains questionable with muscle cramps, the team announced. He’s been dealing with the injury since the season opener and was forced to leave Toronto’s second game of the year late in the fourth quarter. The Raptors had hoped he’d be available on Saturday, but he was ruled out following pre-game warmups.
As for Achiuwa, the prognosis is bleaker. He’s doubtful to play with a left groin strain. It’s the same injury Achiuwa suffered in the preseason and he was briefly forced to leave Saturday’s game against the Philadelphia 76ers. He was cleared to return but appears to be trending in the wrong way for Monday. Christian Koloko is the only other absentee expected for Toronto. He remains out with respiratory issues. It’s unclear what his timeline for a return is this season as he’s been dealing with the issue since July.
Portland will be without Anfernee Simons who is expected to miss four to six weeks with a UCL tear in his right thumb. Former Raptors forward Ish Wainright is also out as he’s battling a right calf strain. If Anunoby cannot go, expect Gary Trent Jr. to get the start again. Achiuwa’s absence would make Toronto’s bench even thinner with Chris Boucher and Jalen McDaniels both expected to see an uptick in minutes to replace the ailing forward.