Nurse cleared to return, five Raptors out vs. Hawks due to NBA protocols

Toronto Raptors' Fred VanVleet, left, and OG Anunoby. (Ashley Landis/Pool via AP)

TORONTO -- The Toronto Raptors will be missing five players due to the NBA's health and safety protocols for the third game in a row on Thursday, but will have head coach Nick Nurse back on the bench.

Starters Pascal Siakam, Fred VanVleet and OG Anunoby will not be available against the visiting Atlanta Hawks, as well as Malachi Flynn and Patrick McCaw.

All five were out for two games last week before the all-star break.

The Raptors also say guard Terence Davis is questionable for the game in Tampa, Fla., because of a left ankle sprain.

Nurse confirmed Wednesday night that he is available to return after missing two games due to health and safety protocols.

Assistant coach Sergio Scariolo served as head coach for both games last week.

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