Raptors rookie Barnes (ankle) exits series opener
PHILADELPHIA — Toronto Raptors rookie forward Scottie Barnes left Game 1 of Toronto’s first-round playoff series against the Philadelphia 76ers here at Wells Fargo Center with a left ankle sprain Saturday night.
Barnes, who had 15 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists in 31 minutes in his first career playoff game, was in the lane playing defense when 76ers star Joel Embiid inadvertently stepped on his left foot while driving into the lane.
Barnes immediately went down in a heap and grabbed at his left foot, clearly in a ton of pain, and remained down for several minutes while being attended to by Toronto’s training staff. He was eventually helped to Toronto’s locker room without being able to put much, if any, weight on his left foot. He was ruled out of the game a short time later. The 76ers won, 131-111.
Barnes, the fifth pick in last year’s NBA draft, has been terrific in his debut season, and was neck-and-neck with Cleveland Cavaliers forward Evan Mobley for Rookie of the Year honors all season long. Barnes averaged 15.3 points, 7.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists in 74 games for Toronto during the regular season.
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