Raptors’ Marc Gasol, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson out vs. Cavaliers


Toronto Raptors' Marc Gasol (Frank Franklin II/AP)

Toronto Raptors centre Marc Gasol and forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson will both miss Thursday’s game against the Cleveland Cavaliers, while Patrick McCaw is listed as probable on the NBA’s official injury report.

Gasol left Tuesday’s game against the Atlanta Hawks with tightness in his left hamstring. The same injury already forced him to miss 12 games this season.

He returned to the Raptors lineup on Jan. 15 and has averaged 11.7 points and 5.8 rebounds while shooting 60 per cent from the field in eight games since. After going 6-6 without him, the Raptors have won all eight games since his return.

Hollis-Jefferson will miss his second-straight game after leaving Sunday’s 110-106 win over the San Antonio Spurs with a right ankle sprain. The injury kept him out of Tuesday’s win over Atlanta.

McCaw could be making his return after missing three games with a broken nose. He suffered the injury in a game against the Philadelphia 76ers on Jan. 22. The UNLV-alum initially stepped up for the injury-depleted Raptors in early December and has been a regular in the lineup over the last two months, appearing in all 21 games from Dec. 12 until his nose was broken last Wednesday.


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