Raptors’ Serge Ibaka questionable vs. Hornets due to knee soreness

Injured Raptors forward Norm Powell is getting anxious to return to the lineup, and get back to the war with his teammates, but isn't quite sure if he's ahead of schedule, or if there's any timeline for his return.

Toronto Raptors centre Serge Ibaka is questionable for Friday’s game against the Charlotte Hornets due to right knee soreness, according to the NBA’s official injury report.

Ibaka struggled in Toronto’s loss to the Milwaukee Bucks Tuesday, finishing with five points on an abysmal 2-for-15 shooting, including a 1-for-10 mark from three-point range.

Overall, the 30-year-old has enjoyed one of the best seasons of his career in 2019-20. He’s averaging a career-best 15.9 points to go along with 8.0 rebounds per game. Ibaka has stepped up in the absence of fellow centre Marc Gasol, who has been in and out of the lineup all year due to injury.

If Ibaka is unable to play against Charlotte, expect to see increased minutes for Chris Boucher. Toronto also experimented with Rondae Hollis-Jefferson at centre when Ibaka and Gasol were both sidelined against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Feb. 10.

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