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Raptors' Scottie Barnes could return for Game 3, says Nick NurseToronto Raptors rookie Scottie Barnes could be close to a return. Barnes was at Wednesday morning's shootaround ahead of Game 3, and walked by reporters without a walking boot or a noticeable limp.

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Toronto Raptors rookie Scottie Barnes could be close to a return.

Barnes was at Wednesday morning's shootaround ahead of Game 3, and walked by reporters without a walking boot or a noticeable limp.

Asked if there was a chance Barnes could play Wednesday evening, coach Nick Nurse said "maybe."

"Looks like he's doing pretty good," he added. "I think he's recovering nicely."

Barnes, a finalist for NBA rookie of the year, was still listed as doubtful.

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His return would be a huge boost for a Raptors squad trailing 2-0 in their opening round playoff series against the Philadelphia 76ers. Barnes, who averaged 15.3 points, 7.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists in the regular season, can play virtually every position.

"As I always say, the more quality guys we have available the better off you are, but certainly helps us defensively, offensive and defensive glass, gets Pascal [Siakam] and Fred [VanVleet] off the ball a little bit more as well, and run other sets and things like that," Nurse said.

Nurse also said that Gary Trent Jr., who has been battling a non-COVID-19 illness, and Thaddeus Young (hyperextended left thumb) would play Wednesday.
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Barnes was on pace for a triple double, with 15 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists, in Toronto's 131-111 loss in Game 1 when Sixers centre Joel Embiid stepped on his ankle, sending him crashing to the floor in agony with about nine minutes to play.

"It would do a lot," VanVleet said about having Barnes back. "He has been one of our better players this year. He's obviously in our starting five. He brings a lot to the table with his size and his IQ and just the way he plays. He can break a defence down. Defensively he can switch and guard and rebound.

"We just got to let him heal up," VanVleet added. "Don't want to put the pressure on him, feeling like he has to rush back. So whenever he is ready, we'll take him back for sure."

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