After some initial concern, Toronto Raptores centre Serge Ibaka will be in action for a crucial Game 6 against the Boston Celtics.
Per the team and the league's official injury report, Ibaka will be active for Game 6 despite dealing with the discomfort of a sprained left ankle.
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According to Blake Murphy of The Athletic, Raptors head coach Nick Nurse told reporters during his pregame availability that Ibaka would not be under a minutes restriction Wednesday night.
Ibaka initially suffered the injury at some point during Game 5 but continued to play through it. On Tuesday, Ibaka was seen in a walking boot during his media availability following Toronto's practice session.
As it turns out, the walking boot was more of a precaution than anything else and Ibaka will be prepared to lay it on the line as his team faces elimination for the first time since Game 7 of the 2019 Eastern Conference Semifinals.
Through five games of the Eastern Conference Semifinals, Ibaka is averaging 11.8 points and 6.6 rebounds while shooting 51.2% from the field and 50.0% from 3-point range.
He and the Raptors will look to keep their title defence alive as they face the Celtics at 6:30 p.m. ET on Sportsnet.
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