Toronto Raptors

Toronto Raptors center Chris Boucher to miss three-to-four weeks following surgery on dislocated left finger

According to Toronto Raptors head coach Nick Nurse, reserve center Chris Boucher will miss three-to-four weeks after receiving surgery to repair a dislocated middle finger on his left hand.

This comes as tough news for the Raptors, who will already be without All-Star forward Pascal Siakam until a "ball park target" of US Thanksgiving - meaning late November.

Boucher's three-to-four week timeline means the Montreal native will miss the entire preseason and the first week of the season at the least, with a possibility of trickling into the second week of the season, too.

Take a look at the games Boucher is in danger of missing below.

Raptors' first-month schedule of 2021-22 season
Date Opponent
Wednesday, Oct. 20 vs. Washington Wizards
Friday, Oct. 22 at Boston Celtics
Saturday, Oct. 23 vs. Dallas Mavericks
Monday, Oct. 25 vs. Chicago Bulls
Wednesday, Oct. 27 vs. Indiana Pacers
Friday, Oct. 29 vs. Orlando Magic
Saturday, Oct. 30 at Indiana Pacers

With Siakam and Boucher out, the Raptors will have plenty of frontcourt minutes available to start the season. While it's safe to assume No. 4 overall pick Scottie Barnes will fill Siakam's spot in the starting lineup in the interim, who will take Boucher's minutes as a backup big?

With coach Nurse's history of giving players a chance to earn their playing time, the answer to that question will likely be found in Toronto's five preseason games.

Look for athletic and versatile big man Precious Achiuwa - who was acquired in the Kyle Lowry sign-and-trade with the Miami Heat - to be the frontrunner to see an uptick in minutes. The 22-year-old was the piece who helped make that deal worth-while for the Raptors' long-term, and this could be seen as a great opportunity to carve out a role immediately.

Other options include Freddie Gillespie, who did a solid job backing up starting center Khem Birch in Boucher's absence at the end of the season last year, defensive-minded forward Ishmail Wainright and physical big man Reggie Perry.

The Raptors will look forward to Boucher's return after the 28-year-old enjoyed the best season of his career last year, averaging 13.6 points, 6.7 rebounds, 1.9 blocks, 1.5 3-pointers and 1.1 assists over 60 games.

Stick with NBA.com for all updates on the Canadian center's finger injury.

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