Toronto Raptors

Chris Boucher: Toronto Raptors centre leaves game vs. Brooklyn Nets with knee sprain, MRI to come

Just when the Toronto Raptors were beginning to get healthy, another key player goes down with an injury.

In the fourth quarter of Wednesday's win over the Brooklyn Nets, reserve centre Chris Boucher suffered a knee sprain after landing awkwardly when fighting for a rebound. He went up to grab the board but Nets' wing Timothé Luwawu-Cabarrot stepped on the back of his foot, twisting his leg in an unorthodox way.

Boucher was able to rise to his feet and hobble toward the locker room before being assisted by the training staff. He would not return to the game, being ruled out with a knee sprain.

After the game, head coach Nick Nurse stated that the Montreal product would receive an MRI on his knee to determine the severity of the injury.

The injury is a tough blow to a player who had been a model of consistency for the Raptors in a season that has been anything but consistent. Through all of the injuries and coronavirus health and safety protocols that the team has dealt with, Boucher was the only player to appear in all 59 games for the team.

Throughout those 59 games, Boucher was enjoying the best season of his career. Averaging career-highs across the board with 13.8 points, 6.7 rebounds, 1.9 blocks and 1.1 assists per game, the 28-year-old was carving out a key role for Toronto's lacklustre backcourt.

Check back for updates on the results of Boucher's MRI.

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