Serge Ibaka will miss his 11th game of the 2019-20 season on Monday.
According to multiple reports, Ibaka has been ruled out of the Toronto Raptors meeting with the Minnesota Timberwolves as he deals with flu-like symptoms.
Serge Ibaka is out tonight with flu-like symptoms.- Blake Murphy (@BlakeMurphyODC) February 10, 2020
In his 10th season, Ibaka is averaging a career-high 15.9 points per game to go along with 8.0 rebounds over 43 games. In the 20 games he has started, Ibaka upped his production to 18.7 points and 8.9 rebounds per game.
With Marc Gasol still out with a hamstring injury, Ibaka was again expected to start against the Wolves. No other player has started at centre for Toronto this season.
Now, without their top two centres, the Raptors will need to get creative defensively in order to make things difficult for Karl Anthony-Towns, who is averaging 26.6 points, 10.8 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game this season.
Chris Boucher will be looked upon to step up in Ibaka's absence as he is the only remaining active centre on the Raptors' roster. Look for Nick Nurse to also try to employ some small-ball lineups to make up for a lack of available size.
Toronto hosts Minnesota at 7:30 p.m. ET on SN1.
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