Raptors' Ibaka doubtful vs. 76ers with ankle injury

Toronto Raptors forward Serge Ibaka is doubtful for Monday’s game against the Philadelphia 76ers due to an right ankle sprain.

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Ibaka suffered the injury on Nov. 8 against the New Orleans Pelicans.

Raptors head coach Nick Nurse indicated earlier this week that Ibaka was nearing a return, while Kyle Lowry is aiming to come back to the lineup around Dec. 1, after suffering a thumb injury, also against the Pelicans.

Ibaka will be sorely missed against the 76ers, delivering one of his best performances of the playoffs during Game 7 of their second-round series, a contest that was propelled into instant classic status after Kawhi Leonard’s game-winning buzzer-beater.

The 30-year-old scored 17 points - including an absolutely wild three while being guarded by Ben Simmons - posted eight rebounds and three assists en route to victory.

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Despite Ibaka and Lowry’s absences, expect Scotiabank Arena to be electric as the Raptors look to continue to torment one of their foremost rivals in the Eastern Conference.

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