Raptors’ Nick Nurse: Serge Ibaka could be ready to return on weekend


Toronto Raptors forward Serge Ibaka (9) leaves the court with the help of guard Fred VanVleet (23) and guard Norman Powell (24) as New Orleans Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday (11) and centre Jaxson Hayes (10) watch. (Matthew Hinton/AP)

Toronto Raptors forward Serge Ibaka has a shot at being ready to play by the weekend, head coach Nick Nurse told reporters on Wednesday.

Ibaka has been sidelined since Nov. 8 with a right ankle sprain after limping off the court in a game against the New Orleans Pelicans. He flew to Toronto to rehab the injury two days later as the team proceeded to Los Angeles on their road trip.

The Raptors will play the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday at State Farm Arena.

Ibaka, 30, has averaged 14 points, 6.5 rebounds and 1.3 blocks through eight games with Toronto this season.

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