As the Toronto Raptors travelled to Charlotte to take on the Hornets Saturday night, they were again without OG Anunoby, Malachi Flynn, Patrick McCaw, Pascal Siakam and Fred VanVleet, who each remain out due to the NBA's health and safety protocols.
Prior to the game, Raptors head coach Nick Nurse was asked whether or not any of the five should be expected back in the lineup on Sunday when the team faces the Chicago Bulls on the second end of a back-to-back.
"I do not believe so," Nurse told the media pregame. "I just think that we're gonna do this trip and then when we get back in on Monday, with the two days between games, take a survey of the land, see who's ready to re-join us and go from there."
Though Toronto has three consecutive road games, Nurse's words suggest that the team will return to Tampa following its game with Chicago before going back on the road to take on the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday.
While the five have essentially been ruled out for Sunday, there appears to be a chance that at least one player could return to action on Wednesday.
Siakam, who was placed in the league's health and safety protocols prior to the team's meeting with the Houston Rockets on Feb. 26, has missed each of the last five games while the remaining four players have missed four consecutive games, beginning with the Raptors' home loss to the Detroit Pistons on Mar. 3.
Entering Saturday, Toronto had yet to win a game since its five players were simultaneously unavailable.
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