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Raptors defensive ace Anunoby out at least four more games with wrist injury

By Sports Desk January 30, 2023

The Toronto Raptors will be without terrific two-way wing O.G. Anunoby for at least the last four games of their current road trip after suffering a wrist injury.

Anunoby, 25, leads the NBA in total steals this season with 93 heading into Monday's action, while also averaging a career-high 0.8 blocks per game. He is joined by Oklahoma City Thunder breakout star Shai Gilgeous-Alexander as the only players averaging at least 1.5 steals and 0.8 blocks this campaign.

His injury occurred during Friday's loss to the Golden State Warriors when Anunoby landed awkwardly on his left arm following a shooting foul. He exited the game after his free throws and then missed Saturday's second leg of Toronto's back-to-back.

The Raptors announced an update on Monday, stating Anunoby would miss the remaining four games of their seven-game road trip as they travel to take on the Phoenix Suns, Utah Jazz and Houston Rockets before wrapping up next Monday against the Memphis Grizzlies.

Toronto currently sit 12th in the Eastern Conference with a record of 23-28, and it remains to be seen if they continue to push for a playoff spot, or decide to kickstart a rebuild and make some trades.

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